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From the house, heading towards the winery, turning towards higher ground, we begin to sense the intense fragrance of orange blossom mixed with lavender and rosemary.
Spring is all about life and diversity. We see a variety of insects, everywhere we look: butterflies, wild bees, beetles and ladybirds.
On another flower, we now see a honey bee that seems motionless. It was caught by a yellow huntsman spider, perfectly hidden in plain sight in the centre of the daisy. This type of mimicry is called aggressive, which is when a predator camouflages itself and merges with the environment to catch unsuspecting prey.
“It smells like rain”. The Greeks called this perception of intersecting sensations synaesthesia. The smell of wet earth comes from the millions of microorganisms that live in the soil – bacteria and fungi that become active at the first signs of humidity, and which form an intricate network connecting the roots of the vines to those of the other plants, such as the hedges and dividing lines, extending as far as the patches of forest surrounding the quinta.
However, it is not only the wind that descends the Assobio curve. There are birds like hawks, kites, eagles, swallows and swifts, among many others, which take advantage of these movements of air masses among the hills.
On one side, we have the vineyard, while, on the other, there is a large area of woodland and forest inhabited by field mice, rabbits, wild boar foxes, squirrels, minks, and genets. This terrain is marked by wilder slopes and ridges, open vineyards and more enclosed riparian corridors.