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Country of Origin: Italy
Region of Origin: Trentino/S.Tyrol
Typical Product: Red
Structure: Heavy
Climate: Warm - Hot
Soil Type: Alluvial
Serving Temp: 58 - 63F
Ageability: 5 to 7
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Other Names*:


Teroldego is often compared to Lagrein although it has more fruit than Lagrein.  Both grapes share a common growing region and Teroldego is actually an ancestor of Lagrein so it not surprising that they would share a number of characteristics.  It is grown in Trentino in the Alto Adige region of South Tyrolia (in German 'Sudtirol').  It's rarely cultivated in any other region.  Teroldego is usually grown on a tirelle, which is a wire trellis which is believed to be the origin of its name.  It is related to Syrah, Dureza and Lagrein.

Given that it's a mountain grape from Tyrolia, it does best in cooler weather.  The grapes ripen at the beginning of fall, usually around the first week of October.  Teroldego has a fair amount of acidity and just enough tannins to provide balance to the fruit and acids.  Even though it is a very dark wine, it's not particularly heavy.  Wine expert Oz Clark describes its flavor as having hints of bitter cherry, smoke and plums.  Although their origins lie hundreds of miles apart, Teroldego has often been compared to Zinfandel because of its spicy characteristics and like Zinfandel, it can be a good food wine.  Because of its tannins and acidity, it is a better candidate for aging than other cool weather reds.  It can last up to 10 years if made with care but will quickly fade after that so serving it around 5 to 7 years is the safest plan.  Serve Teroldego from slightly under 60 degrees Fahrenheit to show off its character and allow it to warm slightly to optimum temperature rather than letting it warm to room temperature.

The Clarksburg Winery, Heringer Estate is the only facility that is currently producing a Teroldego known to

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