Teran, the Symbol of the Karst
TERAN IS A SPECIAL OENOLOGICAL PHENOMENON WITH A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY, WHICH SHAPED THE HUMAN TRADITION OF THE REGION. IT IS A PART OF OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE AND HISTORY, MAKING OUR KARST EVEN RICHER.
Teran - a Special Phenomenon from the Karst
The Karst teran is a quality red wine. It is made in the Karst from the refosco vine (also known as “teranovka”) and in Istria (where it is referred to as “teran”). The karst soil gives it its characteristic flavor, and it contains a high level of lactic acid compared to other wines. According to some studies, Karst teran has a healing effect on the human body, acting as an antioxidant, helping prevent anemia with high levels of iron and arteriosclerosis, as well as helping lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood (in its pigments).
The birthplace of the Karst teran, the Karst wine-growing region, lies on the plateau between the Gulf of Trieste and the Vipava valley, at an altitude of about 300 meters with a harsher climate, and the silica and iron rich terra rossa. All this is brought together in the fullness, acidity and the high extract of the Karst teran. It is a dry wine of high quality, carmine red with high levels of lactic acid, which is the byproduct of the malolactic fermentation, and with a low alcohol content. Its strong features are also the richly fruity taste with a hint of raspberry or currant, a high extract, fullness, and harmony. Doctors recommend it to those with low gastric acid levels, anemia, and those in recovery. The acid has a soothing effect on the digestive system and appetite. It goes best served with gourmet dishes, grilled meat, prosciutto, wild game, and spicy cheeses.
Teran is a wine that is generally not aged, and is best to be used in the year it was produced. Some people make teran into a delicious liqueur.