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The wine growing village of Terlan with its harbours Siebeneich and Vilpian is surrounded by vineyards and orchards in the Etschtal Valley. The village is located at 248 m above sea level, about 10 km from Bozen and 16 km from Meran.
Terlan is known for its white wines (Sauvignon, Chardonnay) and its asparagus.The municipal territory covers about 18.65 km². Approximately 953 ha are for agricultural use, and 576 ha are covered by forests.

Altitude: 240-1,175 m (village centre 248 m)

The community of Terlan has 4,282 inhabitants (latest update 31.12.2014):
Main village Terlan: 2,608 inhabitants
Harbour Siebeneich: 875 inhabitants
Harbour Vilpian: 799 inhabitants

The main village Terlan

The area of Terlan enjoys very favourable climatic conditions. This is one of the reasons, why traces of human life in this area go way back. The oldest traces date back to the Neolithic Age (about 2000 years BC). In 1966, some clay pot remains dating from pre-historic times were discovered on the Greifenstein castle hill.

A tombstone from the Celts was found at the Pataunerhof farm in Siebeneich.

The name Terlan was first mentioned in an official document in 828 BC as “Taurane” and in 923 BC as “Torilan”. Today’s village name developed over time.

In the Middle Ages, the base of the Neuhaus Court was located in Terlan. It included today’s villages Terlan, Andrian, Nals and Vilpian. The last Tyrolean Crown Princess, Margarethe von Görz-Tirol, also called Margarethe Maultasch, spent a lot of time in Neuhaus Castel above Terlan. For this reason, the castle is widely known as the Maultasch ruin.

The mining sector in Terlan flourished during the 16th century. The main substance was galena, from which silver was produced. Later on, the mining works were abolished due to the low yield. During the 20th century, approximately 1907, the mines in Terlan and Nals were reopened once more. The works in Terlan-Kreith continued until the 50’s with only some interruptions.

However, the silver mine brought great prosperity to Terlan. This can be noticed in the magnificent parish church building, with precious Gothic fresco decorations. Also the name of the delicious Terlan red wine “Silberleiten” reminds one of the moving past of this village.

Terlan's tradition as a wine territory goes back for more than 2000 years. The vines are protected by the Tschöggelberg Mountain, and profit from the mild, almost Mediterranean climate with hot sunny days, and cool nights during the maturing period. However, also the red, slightly heated porphyry soil of Terlan contributes to the high quality of the grapes.
After Andrian, the Terlan Winery was established in 1893 as the second-oldest winery amidst this South Tyrolean wine region. Today, more than 100 wine growers are a part of it. Their work is based on a successful mix of traditions and innovations.

The history of fruit growing in Terlan is closely connected to the Etsch River. Until 1900, large parts of the Etschtal Valley were characterised by marshland. Only thanks to artificial drainage works at the beginning of the 20th century, was it possible to realise today’s orchards.

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Heute 16 32


Morgen 16 32

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