Research and molecular studies suggest that Teroldego is an ancestor of two other red grape varieties from the same region (i.e. Marzemino and Lagrein) or neighbouring areas (Refosco dal Penduncolo Rosso).
Other important studies on its origins also show that Teroldego has a third-degree "kinship" with the two noblest varieties in the world: Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Teroldego Rotaliano, definition of Trentino
Teroldego was the first to receive DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status in Trentino in 1971, thus becoming the pearl of the entire local wine sector. The production area is concentrated in the municipalities of the so-called "Campo Rotaliano" - located between the villages of Grumo San Michele all'Adige, Mezzocorona and Mezzolombardo, extending northwards as far as Roveré della Luna. Its plant has great vegetative strength, which is why it is a fascinating vine. It has a strong originality with clusters that protect the evolution of its biodiversity. The minerality of the soil in these areas and the climatic conditions interact in a unique way, creating the ideal habitat that defines the style of Teroldego.
Teroldego Rotaliano DOC by Mezzacorona
Mezzacorona's first production of Teroldego Rotaliano DOC dates back to 1971. To this day, it is conserved in the Wine Vault of our Cantina.
The Mezzacorona Winery is located in the heart of the well-kept Piana Rotaliana, already defined by the famous geographer Cesare Battisti and by the illustrious Goethe as "the most beautiful vineyard garden in Europe". Mezzacorona, with over a century of experience in wine production, is a leader in the production of Teroldego Rotaliano. The winegrowers of the Cantina cultivate and produce this variety with certified sustainable practices, in full respect of the environment, from the countryside to the wine; and they cut the generous Teroldego clusters at the tip a few days before the harvest in order to concentrate the juicy aromas in the fruit that will be expressed in a balanced way in the wine. Manual harvesting and selection of the bunches then ensure that to produce our wines only the best grapes are brought to the winery.
The uniqueness of Piana Rotaliana
The Piana Rotaliana is considered the "motherland" of Teroldego as a variety. The Piana (Plain), which lies between the villages of Mezzocorona, Mezzolombardo and Grumo San Michele all'Adige, consists of approximately 1.111 acres of vineyards and owes its origins to the meeting of the Noce and Adige rivers. In ancient times, in fact, the Noce river overflowed onto the plain lands several times covering them with earth and mud: these events, repeated over time, left alluvial deposits on the ground that settled and shaped over the centuries. The particular soil of the Piana Rotaliana (terroir) is therefore made up as follows: an upper level, where the roots grow, is made up of limestone sediments, with important parts of carbonic rock and other materials. The lower part of the soil profile, on the other hand, consists of rounded stones and stones of various sizes. A third level is groundwater, more precisely an aquifer from which the roots obtain hydration. In addition, the vertical wall of the Dolomite mountains that surround and protect the Plain significantly influences the accumulation and subsequent release of heat. The wind coming from the convergence of the Non Valley with the Adige Valley considerably mitigates both the temperatures and the humidity in the air, fundamental factors for the healthy and flourishing growth of Teroldego Rotaliano.
Its red color attracts attention, arouses curiosity and catches the eye. Likewise, the relationship between nose and palate is fascinating. Teroldego is captivating with its fruity fragrance and wild blackberry in perfect harmony with the scent of blueberry, raspberry and violet, combined with hints of mint essence and a balsamic touch with a spicy soul.
It offers balance and a persuasive and elegant sharpness. Full on the palate, fine but at the same time powerful, dense, almost fleshy. Pleasantness and intensity are balanced, presenting a very articulated range of flavors, considering the soft, round tannic structure and the full, compact body, with a very satisfying finish.
Red, enchanting, vivid, rich in its opulent vinosity, with a violet color evoking the ripe grains of a pomegranate and garnet tones of silky intensity.
In the "reserves and selections" derived from careful bottle ageing, Teroldego Rotaliano offers an exclusive sensory appeal of earth, black truffle and leather.