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Terlano – from mountains to palm trees
Terlano lies in South Tyrol, a melting pot in which the contrasts blend to form a harmonious whole. Here, in Italy’s northernmost province, Alpine peaks go hand in hand with Mediterranean scenery, the German with the Italian language, centuries-old local traditions with an open eye for the modern world.
Terlano is a wine-growing village located halfway between South Tyrol’s main towns of Merano and Bolzano where the Adige flows through a wide valley in a south-easterly direction. The village and vineyards nestle against the red porphyry rock of Monte Tschöggl on the orographically left side of the valley.
In view of its specific climate and geology, the area around Terlano has qualified for a DOC designation of origin (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). In addition to “Alto Adige” as the geographic designation of origin for South Tyrol, the wines are additionally labeled “Terlano” in recognition of the special character of the terroir. The term “classico” is used for those grape varieties that typically grow in the traditional wine-growing area between Andriano, Nalles and Terlano.
The Terlano sites
With sites located at elevations between 250 and 900 meters above sea-level, choosing the right variety is a challenge. The lower sites are better suited to Lagrein, Cabernet and other heavy reds, while Pinot Noir and the white wines are more at home at the higher and therefore cooler levels. The wines from Cantina Terlano come from the following sites:
Alto Adige Terlaner Classico DOC
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Provenance: Alto Adige
About halfway between Merano and Bolzano lie the wine-growing villages of Terlano, Andriano and Nalles, which form the classic DOC area. Here the Adige flows through a wide valley in a south-easterly direction. Villages and vineyards nestle against the red porphyry rock of the steep slopes, standing on dry soils with little humus, in which the vines have to grow deep roots in order to find enough water. The area is accordingly noted for minerally, well structured whites of great finesse. One very special wine produced here is a historical cuvée of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc named after the designation of origin, i.e. Terlaner Classico Alto Adige.