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Experience Wine in South Tyrol

04.11.2014 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Gastronomy
 
Snow-capped mountain peaks are set against steel-blue sky, and down in the valley there’s the sound of tractors buzzing and people harvesting grapes (the Wimmen), the sweet aroma of fruit in the air. This is one of the many facets of autumn in South Tyrol. Although only 5,300 hectares are planted with vineyards in the province, the quality of the wine here is above average. Wine cultivation also gives South Tyrol’s landscape a special charm. Would you like to discover, experience and taste South Tyrolean wine culture? Then enjoy Vitalpina hospitality and South Tyrol’s colorful autumn wine landscape.
South Tyrol’s wine production represents less that 1% of Italy's total production yet no other wine region in Italy has such a high density of top wines with awards in prestigious national and international wine guides. These honors confirm that South Tyrol is a small wine region with a lot of wine expertise. Before the noble juice is paired with the right dish, though, it requires a whole cycle of farming work and enological art. Right here in South Tyrol, terroir – that inspired concept from the wine world – captures the wine farmers’ deep roots in their land and cultural background. They seek out exactly the right spot for each variety.

The grapes ripen at an altitude of 200 to 1,000 meters and have their own special soil preferences. An unparalleled variety of international varieties thrive between Bressanone/Brixen in the Isarco Valley, Kastelbell in the Venosta/Vinschgau Valley and Salurn in the Unterland region. Lagrein, Gewürztraminer and Vernatsch, the three indigenous varieties, also form their own distinct properties in the different areas. Refreshing sparkling wine, full-bodied cuvees, strong single-vineyard wines and an overall high level with more than 20 noble varieties make for an extraordinary range of fine wines.

This symbiosis of tradition and La dolce vita, spontaneity and reliability, this harmony of opposites, is reflected in the contrast-rich, Alpine-Mediterranean lifestyle that characterizes South Tyrol, just as the snow-capped mountain peaks and the vines in the valley do. But South Tyrolean winegrowers are not nostalgic. They are ahead of the game, experimenting with biodynamic cultivation, committed to continuous training, innovation and a common marketing approach – and to a delightful presentation of the wine theme.

For example, there are many wine trails that offer beautiful autumn walks past Ansitz manors, castles and farms:
  • Kurtatsch Wine Education Trail
  • Wine Education Trail in Girlan
  • Kaltern wein.weg Trail
  • Terlaner Weinweg Trail
  • Algund Wine Trail
  • Sections of the Meran Waalrunde Trail
  •  Klausen Wine Trail
  • Salegg Castle Wine Trail
Or as modern architecture experience points, with cellar tours and wine tastings, which turn the landscape into a multisensory treasure:

Autumn in South Tyrol awaits wine aficionados, offering traditional customs like Törggelen and events:
  • Törggelen in the Isarco Valley: early October to mid-November
  • Merano WineFestival: 8–10 November 2014
  • Riesling Days in Naturns: until 15 November 2014

Acquiring a taste? Your Vitalpina hotelier will be happy to pamper you with South Tyrolean autumnal specialties, accompanied by the best South Tyrolean wines. Enjoy the fall and recharge your quality of life at your favorite South Tyrol Vitalpina Hotel.

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