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A Teroldego wine made in California.

Teroldego is a red Italian grape variety grown primarily in the northeastern region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy.


Wine has been produced since ancient times in "Campo Rotaliano", an alluvial plain between the rivers Adige (Etsch) and Noce. Teroldego may take its name from its traditional method of cultivation, trained on a system of “tirelle” or wire harnesses, an explanation that's more likely, albeit less pretty, than its legendary association with German dialect for gold of the Tirol. Another theory, put forth in the book "Wine Grapes" [1] credits a northern Italian village called Teroldege, or Teroldeghe, where documents dated in 15th century refer to the sale of Teroldego wine.[2] It has recently been discovered to be a full sibling of the Dureza variety from France, which is one of the parents of Syrah.[3]

The grapes ripen around the last week of September or the first week of October.

Cultivation & winemaking[edit]

The wine Teroldego Rotaliano, which is made with this grape in Trentino, has had DOC status since 18 February 1971. It is planted on about 400 hectares and is cultivated by over 300 producers.

In Australia the variety is sparsely planted and has found homes in warmer, coastal climates such as McLaren Vale (Geoff Hardy) and Margaret River. Producers such as Amato Vino are forging a new direction for the variety with great promise.

Some California authorities compare Teroldego to Zinfandel, with its spicy red fruits, and hints of tar, pine, and almond, but few tasters would confuse the two varieties in a blind tasting. Its snappy acidity makes it a versatile food wine. Kaibab Sauvage in Colorado's Grand Valley began growing the grape in 2014. Carboy Winery and Redfox Cellars of Colorado have produced wines with the grape. Red Tail Ridge Winery in the Seneca Lake AVA planted the grape in 2006 and has been producing Teroldego since then.[4] The grape is also grown in Lodi, CA and vinted by the Jaccuzzi winery.


  1. ^ Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours, ISBN 1846144469; ISBN 978-1846144462
  2. ^ All you ever wanted to know about Teroldego http://www.snooth.com/articles/taking-a-look-at-teroldego-part-one-history/
  3. ^ Vouillamoz & Grando (2006)Genealogy of wine grape cultivars: "Pinot" is related to "Syrah" Heredity 2006 Aug;97(2):102-10
  4. ^ "Wine Specs Teroldego" (PDF). Red Tail Ridge Winery. Retrieved 17 May 2021.

4. https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/09/10/teroldego-wine-colorado/245037/

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