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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 Terlano DOC
- Altitude: 250 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 70 %
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Provenance: Alto Adige
The vineyards are located at between 250 and 900 meters above sea-level on a bed of striking red porphyry, an igneous rock with large mineral inclusions known as quartz porphyry in geological terminology. This terroir is home to salty wines with a fine tension to intrigue the palate plus outstanding longevity. The south-facing slopes receive maximum sunshine. Under these almost Mediterranean conditions, a wide range of grape varieties flourish, while in Terlano itself various Mediterranean plants like olive, pomegranate, cypress and almond trees are to be found. The warm days and cool nights of the ripening period are the key to a high sugar content, intensive aromatics and the typical Alpine freshness of the wines.
In addition to “Alto Adige DOC” as the geographic designation of origin for Alto Adige, the wines are additionally labeled “Terlano” in recognition of the specific climatic and geological character of the terroir. The term “Terlaner classico” is used for those grape varieties that grow in the traditional wine-growing area between Andriano, Nalles and Terlano.