In Terlano, wine growing goes back to pre-Roman times. Thanks to its fine climate and location above the floodplain, the area around Settequerce, San Maurizio and Gries was ideally suited to human settlement. Archeological finds, including ladles and bronze vessels from the 5th to the 4th centuries B.C., are indicative of early wine growing activity.
Above all, the Settequerce pruning knife from the late Iron Age is considered clear evidence of wine growing in the prehistoric period. The shape of the little knife, with the sharply angled end of the blade, is obviously dictated by its use for pruning vines, all the more so as this basic shape has survived over the millennia with little change right up until today. In addition to the pruning knife, finds of large quantities of grape seed, which have been assigned to the same period, offer additional confirmation of the theory, and wine growing in Terlano in the late Iron age can be treated as historical fact.