Wine has been produced since ancient times in "Campo Rotaliano", an alluvial plain between the rivers Adige (Etsch) and Noce. Teroldego takes 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. It has recently been discovered to be a full sibling of the Dureza variety from France, which is one of the parents of Syrah.
The grapes ripen around the last week of September or the first week of October.
Cultivation & winemaking
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.
In Australia the variety is sparsely planted and has found homes in warmer, coastal climates such as McLaren Vale and Margaret River. Producers such as Amato Vino are forging a new direction for the variety with great promise.
- Vouillamoz & Grando (2006)Genealogy of wine grape cultivars: "Pinot" is related to "Syrah" Heredity 2006 Aug;97(2):102-10