The foundation of the Cantina Terlano in 1893 took place at a time when agriculture was the mainstay of the regional economy.
Apart from a few innovative winegrowers, however, who looked to the Rheingau region for new ideas and brought grape varieties from Germany and France to South Tyrol; agriculture under the domination of a few big landowners was backward.
The landlords were also the dominant factor in winemaking in the region.
In order to liberate themselves from this domination, 24 Terlano winegrowers decided to join forces and founded the Cantina Terlano.
Whereas red wines were more common in South Tyrol at the end of the 19th century, with a red to white ratio of 80:20, Terlano was already well known as a white wine area in 1893.
Over the years this focus on white wines has been consolidated, and today the ratio of whites to reds at the Cantina Terlano is 70 percent white to 30 percent red.
QUARZ SAUVIGNON BLANC
“Delicate as the fine inclusions of quartz in Terlano’s volcanic porphyry rock – that is our Sauvignon Selection, which does full justice to its name. Quarz offers a combination of fine texture, depth and salty aftertaste that has given this noble white an international reputation.”
After a snowy winter, spring brought a prolonged period of exceptionally dry weather. Low temperatures in March and April resulted in very late budbreak, which protected our vines from frost damage resulting from the numerous frosty nights in April. A cool and wet May ensured a good water supply for the vines. They began to blossom on the earliest and warmest sites at the end of May to the beginning of June, two weeks later than the long-term average. June was a month of high summer temperatures and little precipitation. As a result, fungal pressure in the vineyards remained very low. July, on the other hand, was marked by heavy precipitation and thunderstorms, which continued into August in places. The average daytime temperatures in August were not too high, which was extremely beneficial in terms of the fruit and vibrant acidity in the 2021 vintage. On the earliest sites, the grape harvest began slightly late, on September 6, and the weather remained very good almost all the time.
-Wine description 2021-
- Color: brilliant straw yellow
- Smell: This Sauvignon is enticingly exotic in the glass, with multilayered fruit of mango, papaya, lime and red grapefruit; and herbal aromas reminiscent of lemon grass, lemon balm, mint andgreen tea. It also reveals mineral notes of flint combined with a hint of gooseberry.
- Taste: On the palate, the wine offers a fascinating interplay of juicy fruit aromas and delicateminerality creating a harmonious opulence with a long and impressive finish.