Multi-layered bedrock soils characterize the Sausal. The steep slopes with a gradient of up to 90% originated 300 million years ago in the Paleozoic, and their soils are made of phyllitic slate.
The South Styrian region surrounding Sausal was at that time under an ancient sea, from which the Sausal protruded as an island. Therefore, there are no chalky marine deposits, but rather argillaceous shale, sericite quartzite, green slate, red and blue-black slate, and inclusions of potash feldspar. There are only occasional calcium deposits at lower altitudes.
You can taste the slate in our wines: there are the smoky, minerally and spicy notes that indicate this type of soil.
In Sausal the Illyrian climate, a transitional area from the Mediterranean to the Pannonian and alpine climates, prevails. It rains here more than in Pannonian areas due to Mediterranean lows, there are also more hours of sunshine and the average summer temperatures climb above 20 ° C. Winters are cool, and in the lower altitudes fog-prone, like they are in the lowlands of northern Italy.
The Sausal also cools sharply at night due to its proximity to the Koralpe mountains. Because of the large temperature differences between day and night, complex and layered flavors are formed in the grapes. They contribute a great deal to the Sausal typicity: a smoky minerality, and more spice than fruit flavors in the foreground.
The altitude of the Sausal vineyards brings, with its coolness, a long and slow growing season. The grapes need correspondingly longer to reach physiological maturity, and even at very high levels of ripeness preserve a finely balanced acidity. Sausal wines always remain lean due to their minerality and freshness, and impress with their deep, spicy aromas.