As true visionaries, the Terlato family has led the evolution of the fine wine industry for more than half a century. Throughout their careers, Tony, Bill and John have remained true to a simple principle: put quality first. The Terlato Vineyards winemaking process reflects this dedication to quality. The following techniques are used to ensure that excellent products are delivered to wine lovers across the country.
Use of French Oak: Oak has a wonderful synergism with wine and French oak adds the preferred spice to Terlato Vineyards wines. In addition, it allows the wines to mature smoothly and naturally. Terlato Vineyards chooses French oak grown sustainably on public land. If it takes 100 years to grow an oak forest, just 1% of those trees will be harvested in any given year.
Clones: Each wine grape clone – the particular, carefully selected version of a grape variety – has been screened for grape vine virus and other pathogens. The Terlato Vineyards winemakers and viticulture experts ensure that the vines are as healthy as possible, and that the clones meet high quality standards.
Focus on elegance and balance: The most important aspect of making good wine is growing vines properly. If the grapes do not taste good than it’s hard to make great wine. Terlato Vineyards accomplishes each high-quality vintage by choosing excellent growing sites and planting only varieties that are best suited for the site. The team focuses on microclimate first, then studies the soil conditions and picks the ideal rootstock for the soil type. Vines are planted at a spacing that takes maximum advantage of the soil and rootstock interaction. If needed, cover crops are used to regulate vine vigor, removing soil moisture in the spring. By growing fewer plants and using all of the plant’s fruit instead of throwing part of it away, Terlato Vineyards wines are made from the highest quality grapes possible.
Free-run wine: Terlato Vineyards focuses on the use of free-run wine. This is the wine that drains out of the tank on its own, before the grapes are pressed.
Filtering: The Terlato Vineyards approach to filtering is to treat the wines as gently as possible and remove as little as possible, allowing the best aspects of the wine to shine through.
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