The art of wine-growing

Terraces

Terraces bear witness to the combat of wine-growers to gain some land from the slopes, sheltering the vines from the ravages of water run-off, but exposed to the generous sun. They form a succession of stone steps forming horizontal growing strips supported by stone walls This cascade of vines is at the origin of impressive stone landscapes, often enriched by the traditional architecture of the villages.

Historically, in the Mediterranean lands, terraces were often an agronomic response to the over-population of hilly zones far from the sectors of exchange.

Often, new slope development takes the form of ranges of steeply sloping, grassed embankments, the origin of a stepped, green landscape, which is less expensive than building stone walls.

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