Wine is exciting because of its diversity. We can enjoy a Chardonnay from South Africa and discover it is quite different from our favorites in California. We have no problem finding a Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, or Nero d’Avola to try.
As a family, our sense of adventure extends not only to what we drink, but what we plant.
One of the lesser known varietals that we grow is Teroldego. There are three common stories of where the name originates. One legend says the name derived from Tiroler Gold, the Gold from Tyrol, which is how the wine was referred to at court in Vienna.
Then there is the practical story that it takes its name from its traditional method of growing on a system of “tirelle” or wire harnesses.
Or was it from the German word “teer” meaning “tar” which is a flavor Teroldego can sometimes show? How it received its varietal name may be up in the air, but its geographic origin is clear.
It originates from Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige on the Rotalino plain. This is in the Northeastern region of Italy where river bottom temperatures are warm enough for perfect ripening of this thin skinned grape.
When the medium sized grape is made into wine it tends to be a medium to full-bodied red wine with youthful intense fruit, bright color and a strong dry taste. At first sip, it will remind you of its family member, Syrah, and you will want to enjoy it with roasted or grilled meats and aged cheeses.
This December you will have the chance to embrace our wine diversity and try the 2010 LangeTwins Single Barrel Terlodego when we release our first vintage.
We only crafted enough for one bottle per Wine Club Member – and because of its limited production holiday gifting will go without this interesting wine.
So, Wine Club Members, mark your calendars for Teroldego!