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Springtime for your palate

Culinary weeks on the South Tyrolean Wine Road with autochthonous Schiava wine

It is one of the long-established local grape varieties and plays an important role in South Tyrolean viticulture: the autochthonous Vernatsch is the focus of the "Culinary Spring Weeks" from March 23 to April 8, 2023 along the South Tyrolean Wine Road from Nals/Nalles to Salorno/Salurn and in the wine city of Bolzano. This fruity red wine is typical of Lake Kaltern and of St. Magdalena near Bolzano/Bozen. With its floral notes of violets and fresh berries, it shines as an all-rounder in food pairings.

Spring for the palate: this is what the 38 selected gastronomic establishments along the South Tyrolean Wine Road offer. For more than three weeks, the menus of these gastronomic establishments will feature special spring recipes that go well with the autochthonous Schiava. What’s more? Around 41 wineries and vineyards offer more than 60 food labels of excellence for pairings.

But that's not all: those who want to take a look behind the scenes of Schiava will have the opportunity to learn all about the history and production of the famous grape variety during a varied program.

Taste wine during the culinary weeks

Circular hikes and pleasure bike tours lead to the origin of Schiava. During wine tastings and seminars you will learn about the history of viticulture thanks to the expertise of cellar masters: they’ll reveal many secrets and bring out interesting facts about this noble drop.

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The Schiava (Vernatsch) wine

This red autochthonous grape variety has grown here since the 16th century and is widely cultivated.  A light wine with moderate tannins and floral tones of violets and fresh berries, it is a popular apertivo wine when chilled. When it pairs food, this all rounder is especially valorized with traditional South Tyrolean cuisine: full-bodied like the St. Magdalener and soft as the Kalterersee.

From the kitchen and cellar

Discover the variety of South Tyrolean Schiava during guided tastings in the wineries and vineyards, while you can discover its versatility as a pairing to spring dishes in the participating culinary establishments.

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Travel tips for gourmets

Would you like to know the South Tyrolean Wine Road better? Wine trails lead you to the best sites: the biking routes wind through the hilly wine region and the wineries stand out with their up-to-date architecture.