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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 Lagrein Gries DOC
- Altitude: 250 - 500 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 35%
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Provenance: Bolzano
Bolzano and the suburb of Gries lie in a wide sun-blessed basin between the rivers Adige, Isarco and Talvera, where temperatures of 40°C are not unknown in summer.
The Bolzano basin is filled with post-glacial alluvial deposits comprised mainly of Bolzano quartz porphyry. The rocks and soils of the vineyards are limestone-free, and the stratified soil structure varies between loamy sand in the topsoil and sand in the subsoil.
The Gries terroir is the key to the powerful and noble aromas of the Lagrein wines from this site.