The entry to the castle of old Mezzolombardo
Teroldego is really a grape defined by a tiny region and as such it has a rather precise and well-documented history. It seems to me that the time is right to try and introduce Teroldego to a broader market here in the USA. Unfortunately not many producers are available, and most of the wines tasted during my dinner are not available, but, with your help, maybe we can change that.
I am fortunate to have been introduced to Teroldego early on in my life. It’s a grape that holds a dear place in my heart, and one that was fundamental in defining my palate. I still love a good bottle of Teroldego, and even a mediocre one now and again. Some might call me sentimental after all.
Trentino is in the northeast of Italy
Teroldego has a long, fascinating, documented history. The oldest known reference to Teroldego, as both a wine and a specific location, dates from the late 1400’s. A contract from January 1480 records a sale that includes two Brentas (a measure of wine equaling 50 liters) of Teroldego. From a document dated 1500 we have learned that there was a piece of land known as Teroldeghe in the outskirts of Mezzolombardo in the Italian province of Trentino, still ground zero for Teroldego production.
Just watching the name, as recorded in documents, evolving over time is an amazing thing, more so when one considers that it begins and ends as Teroldego!
- Teroldego – 1480
- Teroldeghe - 1500
- Vini Teroldeghi – 1673
- Taroldega – 1811
- Taroldegh – 1812
- Teroldica – 1830
- Teroldico – 1850
- Teroldegha and Tiroldico – 1876
- Teroldigo – 1900
- Teroldega – 1905
- Teroldego – 1936
- Terodico – throughout the 1950’s
- Teroldego – In my memory, which only goes back to the mid 1970’s
The Piana Rotaliana is a broad flood plain north of the city of Trento
This is part one of a three part series
Part One: The History of Teroldego
Part Two: The Geology of the Piana Rotaliana
Part Three: The Genealogy of Teroldego (Coming Soon)