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    Experience South Tyrol - it's unforgettable!

    Don't miss the diverse range of experiences of South Tyrol! Enjoy sporting activities, discover the rich culture and visit diverse events in Alpine and Mediterranean locations. Whether young or old, everyone will find something suitable. To help you decide, we present our suggestions for an unforgettable holiday in South Tyrol. Experience the diversity!

    Kastelbell-Tschars/Castelbello-Ciardes, Vinschgau/Val Venosta
    The combination of tradition and innovation: that is the credo according to which the Pohl family runs the Köfelgut in Castelbello. It has been in the possession of the family since 1786, and since 1970 grapes have been grown and wine has been made – thanks to the special climate on the Monte Mezzodì of the Val Venosta.

    “The inner-Alpine dry climate in the Val Venosta and the permeable soils are suitable above all else for the Burgundy varieties, and thus Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Noir, but also for Gewürztraminer,” explains Martin Paul Pohl, who manages the family-run Köfelgut along with his wife Elisabeth and sons Maximilian, Leonhard, and Ferdinand.

    And he adds, “In the warmest location of the vineyard, Cabernet Franc can also be made as a single varietal in good years.” His vineyards are located on the steep slopes of Monte Mezzodì at an elevation of 600 meters. The grapes that are grown there end up in the estate’s own winery, where they are made into natural wines. The calling cards are the Fleck Riserva Pinot Noir, which is aged for 24 months in small oak casks, and the late-harvest Gewürztraminer Spätlese.

    In total, the production at the Köfelgut in Castelbello amounts to around 16,000 bottles of wine per year. Over the past fifty years, wine production has therefore turned into an important branch of the operation at the Köfelgut in Castelbello. “We are proud of our various pillars and our ecological diversity which goes to reinforce what we do in this age of climate change and monoculture,” Pohl opines, also indicating the apple orchard and asparagus field on his land. In addition, another pillar was created in 1992 with the estate’s own distillery in which grappa and brandy are produced – of course exclusively from the estate’s own fruit.
    Cantina Andriano
    Terlan/Terlano, The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    Mutual assistance: the idea of the cooperative had broad repercussions at the end of the nineteenth century and also caught up the winegrowers on Andriano. In 1893, they took a step that was as daring as it was far-sighted and founded the first cooperative winery in South Tyrol. Today, the winery works under the umbrella of the Cantina Terlano, and thus the cooperative idea is as lively as ever.

    Even if the cooperative’s history is a long one, that of winegrowing in Andriano is even substantially longer. The Mediterranean climate, the refreshing katabatic winds, the well-aerated chalky soils: all of these are optimal conditions, and specifically equally for both red and white varieties. “On the gentle southern to southeastern slopes of Andriano, the late-maturing varieties enjoy a particularly high number of hours of sunshine, while on hot days, our white grapes on the slopes with a predominantly eastern exposure benefit from the coolness that is present early in the day,” explains winemaker Rudi Kofler.

    From this starting position and building upon careful, prudent work in the vineyard, grapes that have been harvested exclusively by hand come to the cooperative’s winery. That is where the red wines – Lagrein, Merlot, and Pinot Noit – are aged in large oak barrels or small oak casks, while the whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Blanc) are aged in stainless steel tanks.

    “Our goal is to create classic wines that are shaped by terroir, that are powerful yet elegant, well structured, and multilayered,” the winemaker says. Directed toward that goal are the efforts and work of all involved – completely in keeping with the idea of the cooperative.
    Cantina Kaltern
    Kaltern an der Weinstraße/Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino, The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    Up until 1932, there were no fewer than five wineries in the winegrowing village of Caldaro. United under the umbrella of the Cantina Kaltern since 2016, the 590 members of the cooperative tend grape growing areas of 440 hectares and now produce around 4 million bottles of wine per year.

    “Our cooperative is one big family,” emphasizes Christian Sinn, general manager of the Cantina Kaltern. “It holds together the many small family winegrower structures, guarantees quality and safety, and gives its members the opportunity of participating in something great.” Bringing forth this “greatness” is a complex undertaking. It is necessary to coordinate all of the members from the pruning of the vines to education and training and to commit them to the winery’s quality policy. That, in turn, includes having to establish and inspect the yield goals for around two thousand plots.

    All of that in order to create the best conditions for the best wines. Within that context, the production supports above all else five leading varieties. These are – hardly astonishing – Schiava in the form of Lago di Caldaro, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Yellow Muscat for the noble sweet Passito.

    But it doesn’t matter which wines are being made or which grape varieties are being grown. For the Cantina Kaltern, the uppermost maxim that is followed both in the vineyard and the winery is sustainability. Thus the winery is the first wine producer in Italy and the first cooperative anywhere to be awarded with the Certification of Sustainability by FAIR ‘N GREEN. And with around 15 hectares that are managed biodynamically, the Cantina Kaltern has also taken on the role of forerunner in this area among cooperative wineries.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Kaser Alm 2076m
    Gsies/Valle di Casies
    Starting point: Head of the valley in Val Casies Valley/S. Maddalena. Walking time: 2 hours. Path n° 47 or n° 12, 13.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Kehreralm hut
    Prettau/Predoi, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina
    The Kehreralm is situated at 1,850 m below the Forcella del Picco-Birnlücke (2667 m) on a marvellous high plateau. Typical local food, friendly service, a large sunny terrace are awaiting you.

    The family-friendly hut is reachable also with baby strollers and mountain bikes.

    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Ratschings/Racines, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs
    This hike starts at the hamlet “Gasse” just before Ridnaun/Ridanna. Follow the signpost “Mareiter Stein” southwards along the asphalted road. Go past the group of farmhouses Entholz/Masi di Ento. From Entholz you go into the forest, turn right at a small stream and follow path no. 24 to a fork, where following the path no. 25B you reach the mountain pasture Kerschbaumeralm. Alternative: reachable also starting from Pratone along the asphalted road and the gravel path. Tip: grey cheese and alpine butter
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Kradorfer Alm 1704m
    Gsies/Valle di Casies
    Starting point: Head of the valley Val Casies Valley/S. Maddalena. Walking time: 50min. Path: n° 49. Altitude difference: 240m. Easily accessible for young and old with beautiful view, sun terrace, petting zoo, children's playground.
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Krabes Alm
    Altrei/Anterivo, Bolzano/Bozen and environs
    Malga Krabes in Monte Corno Nature Park
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Rasen-Antholz/Rasun Anterselva, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones
    Starting Point: Antholz Mittertal Roundtrip: 2.5h Hiking Trail: 6,12
    Kellerei Bozen
    Bolzano/Bozen, Bolzano/Bozen and environs
    With 224 members and 350 hectares of cultivation area in Gries, San Maurizio, Settequerce, S. Giorgio, Cologna, Santa Maddalena, Coste, S. Giustina, and Renon: the great strengths of the Bolzano Winery is its diversity. So in the higher locations that range up to 1,000 meters, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer dominate, while at the medium elevations, it is Schiava. Further down, Cabernet and Merlot are planted, with Lagrein in the valley areas. The wines are made in the winery building with its futuristic appearance.

    In narrowest terms, the Bolzano Winery is relatively young. It was launched in 2001 but is actually the result of a merger between the much older, established Bolzano wineries of Gries and Santa Maddalena. For that reason, tradition holds a major emphasis from the members, as does managing their often steep vineyards in a sustainable manner that is close to nature. “Working the soils and grapevines in a gentle manner is an important matter to our winegrowers,” says President Philipp Plattner.

    In the meantime, the caution and prudence does not stop in the vineyard, but continues on in the winery. It is the first one in all of Italy to have been awarded the “KlimaHaus Wine” quality seal for energy efficiency and sustainability. Even in the winery, the focus is on slowing things down. That is where winemaker Stephan Filippi wields the baton and explains, “Because the processing takes place according to the principle of gravitation, the grapes are transformed in the most gentle way.” The result is unique, unmistakable quality wines. And great variety which in and of itself is worth a closer look.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Ratschings/Racines, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs
    Starting point: Telves di Sopra, fire station (1.250m) This hike starts at the fire station in Telves di Sopra. Follow the path no. 5 for about 1,5 hours upwards to the first mountain pasture, the Freundalm. Continue on path no. 5 until you reach a fork, from where you turn right to path no. 5A and shortly thereafter reach the mountain pasture Kuhalm. Alternative: reachable also over the mountain railway station Rosskopf Monte Cavallo in about 45 minutes across the panoramic trail. Tip: near-natural and creative dishes from our alpine kitchen and products of our alpine dairy! If you want to see the sunrise on the summit Telfer Weißen, we offer overnight accommodation with subsequent breakfast!
    Abbazia di Novacella
    Vahrn/Varna, Brixen/Bressanone and environs
    A winery has existed in Novacella since 1142, and thus the monastery winery is one of the oldest active wineries in the world. In addition, it is one of the most important in the Valle Isarco and the representative of an outstanding white wine area.

    Within that context, the assortment on offer by the monastery winery is in fact primarily white but not exclusively so.

    “Some 70 percent of our production is white wines: Sylvaner, Müller Thurgau, Kerner, and Riesling that grow from the Bressanone valley basin up to 900 meters,” says winemaker Celestino Lucin. The care and prudence that he practices hold true not just in the winery, but through a large number of additional circles. Thus the winegrowers work their vineyards in a sustainable manner, and the entire winery works in a CO2-neutral way.

    Even if the Novacella Monastery Winery is renowned above all else for its white wines, the red varieties do indeed also play a role. They make up 30 percent of the production, whereby the grapes do indeed grow in vineyards belonging to the monastery, but not in and around Bressanone. “The climate would be too harsh for them,” Lucin is convinced. His Schiava, Pinot Noir, and Red Muscat thus have their origins in Bolzano and Cornaiano.

    But it doesn’t matter whether it is red or white: the calling card of the monastery winery has been and remains the Praepositus line. And because that is the case, it is at the same time also an homage to the leader. Praepositus is the Latin word for the provost, and thus the abbot of the monastery.
    Cantina Merano Winery
    Meran/Merano, Meran/Merano and environs
    One special feature of the Merano Winery with its 360 members catches the eye immediately: two completely different cultivation zones. They are on one hand the mild, Mediterranean Merano valley basin and, on the other hand, the dry, windy, climatically extreme Val Venosta. No fewer than twenty grape varieties grow here upon which the offering from the Merano Winery is based.

    The winery itself came into existence in July 2010, and specifically from the merger of the Burggräfler Winery that was founded in 1901 with the Meran Winery that was initiated in 1952. Its headquarters is in a striking building that combines the new with the old in Marlengo in which the threads of 360 members, 250 hectares of cultivated area, over twenty grape varieties, and two completely different cultivation zones are all woven together. “The offering of many different wines is a special feature and strength of the Merano Winery,” explains winemaker Stefan Kapfinger, “but it is also associated with a higher expenditure of labor.” That begins in the vineyards, on slopes a large portion of which are steep, in which nearly all of the work is done by hand, but in any case in a sustainable manner that protects resources.

    “In the winery, it is necessary to preserve the quality of the grapes that come from our vineyards,” says Kapfinger. With his wines, the origin of each of them ought to be recognizable as clearly as possible in the aroma. For that reason, the winemaker understands himself as a “midwife”: “The wine ought to go its own way,” he says, “I just accompany it on its journey. With a great deal of patience and sometimes also strong nerves.”

    The Winery Cantina Merano in Marlengo and Merano: From now on, the winery has two locations that are both the perfect place for getting together and having a great time: the Panoramic Enoteca in Marling and the new City.Vinothek in the center of Meran. Enjoy the exciting wine collection, a special selection of distillates and a brisk masterpiece among the South Tyrolean DOC sparkling wines, treat yourself to some unforgettable new impressions and join a tour of the winery for a behind-the-scenes look into all the finer things in life that Meran has to offer.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Hintere Klapfberg Alm
    Ulten/Ultimo, Meran/Merano and environs
    Ausgangspunkt: Bushaltestelle Falschauern (St. Gertraud 1328 m) Endpunkt: Klapfberg Alm - Wanderweg Nr. 16 - Gehzeit: 2h 10m Höhenunterschied: 627m - leichte Bergtour
    Kettmeir Winery
    Kaltern an der Weinstraße/Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino, The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    The Kettmeir Winery in Caldaro has existed since 1919. Or to put it better, the winery has existed since 1919, but they have also been making sparkling wine since 1964. Today, Kettmeir relies upon 60 suppliers who cover a broad winegrowing area. It ranges from Caldaro up to Soprabolzano on the Renon plateau in the north and down to Pochi above Salorno in the south.

    Shortly after the end of the First World War, the agronomist Giuseppe Kettmeir built a winery in Caldaro. For nearly 50 years, the production of quality wines was the only pillar of the Kettmeir Winery, until the potential of sparkling wines was recognized in 1964. “As far as the production of sparkling wine is concerned, we are among the pioneers in Alto Adige and have made our contribution to reviving this tradition,” they say at the Kettmeir Winery.

    Since 1986, this winery in Caldaro has belonged to the Santa Margherita winegrowing group, but the focus of its activity did not change with this event. Today, 60 winegrowers supply the winery with grapes that originate from 55 hectares of vineyards. The core is those in Caldaro, from which Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Muscat originate. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also supplied by estates in Pochi, while the Ebnicherhof in Soprabolzano provides the winery with Müller Thurgau grapes.

    Out of this diversity, Kettmeir creates exquisite sparkling wines – and since 1992 using only the classic méthode champenoise. “It is the most complex way of producing sparkling wine,” they say at the winery, “but also the most elegant.”
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Kunstraum Cafè Mitterhofer
    Innichen/San Candido, Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen
    The Café Mitterhofer is located in the center of San Candido and is every season the ideal place to linger, chat and relax. A meeting place where not only art and everyday life merges,but also cultures. At the intersection between north and south, east and west, the lightness of the South blends with the harsh and fragile beauty of the Alpine landscape.
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Brixen/Bressanone, Brixen/Bressanone and environs
    Let us spoil you in our traditional inn, in the former coach of the bishops. Enjoy typical dishes or pizzas along with the famous beer of the monastery of Andechs.
    Köfelgut Pohl Hubert
    Kastelbell-Tschars/Castelbello-Ciardes, Vinschgau/Val Venosta
    Proprietà della famiglia Pohl, le tenuta Köfelgut coltiva vitigni di Pinot bianco, Pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer e Pinot nero. Nella distilleria artigianale si producono distillati di mela, prugna e pera e il tipico destillato d'albicocca della Val Venosta. Tra i prodotti agricoli della tenuta ci sono anche gli asparagi, che possono essere comprati direttamente al maso da metà aprile a fine maggio Alla nostra osteria vi offriamo prodotti di propria produzione.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Ratschings/Racines, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs
    Starting point: Via Passo Giovo, park area Kalcheralm (1.790m) For those who prefer shorter hikes. First take the car to the Via Giovo – the starting point. From the large park area – signage Kalcheralm – you have to walk about 45 minutes to finally reach the mountain pasture Kalcheralm. From there you can also begin the Ratschinger Almenweg. Alternative: reachable also from the mountain station Ratschings-Jaufen in about 30 minutes. Tip: dishes of wild game, on the weekend Krapfen and the traditional dish “Blattler mit Kraut”, accessible by car, children’s playground, South Tyrolean beer from the brewery Antonius
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Koi Alpensushi
    Bolzano/Bozen, Bolzano/Bozen and environs
    Recently opened, small but pretty, Koi offers you the best of Japanese cuisine, in a "fast" version. In the modern open kitchen, every dish is prepared at the moment, to guarantee maximum freshness and goodness.
    Countryside Fare
    Laives/Leifers, Bolzano/Bozen and environs
    The Köhlhof is situated in a quiet position in South Tyrol’s sunny south with panoramic view over Bassa Atesina/ Unterland and Oltradige/Überetsch.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Kuppelwieser Alm
    Ulten/Ultimo, Meran/Merano and environs
    Ausgangspunkt: Bergstation Schwemmalmbahn - Wanderweg Nr. 6, 5, 5B - Gehzeit: 1 h (leichter Bergweg)
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Ratschings/Racines, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs
    Chef and owner, Christian Rainer, is a passionate chef who knows how to cultivate traditional cuisine with love for fresh produce and seasonal dishes. You will find us directly in the museum of the mining world Ridnaun Schneeberg in Maiern. The cozy Knappenstube was built in 1993, paneled with old wood and grown on the robust original wall of the mine. Our restaurant has about 90 seats in the interior and about 90 seats on the panoramic terrace.
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Konditorei Cafè Fritz
    Mals/Malles, Vinschgau/Val Venosta
    The pastry Fritz is known nationally for his pastries. Chocolates, Cakes, regional specialties, homemade ice creamand daily fresh pastries.
    Restaurants & Taverns
    Pastry Shop Pöhl
    Meran/Merano, Meran/Merano and environs
    100% fervor since 1979. To be seduced sometimes by a delicate praline, fine biscuits, a lightly fluffy pastry, an apple strudel with cream. At breakfast in the morning, for an aperitif just before noon, for the teatime in the afternoon. We stir, knead, shape and do magic by hand. We create your individual unique festive cake according to your ideas, nobly decorated with marzipan figurines, sugar flowers and chocolate dressing. From the finest raw materials, regional and high quality, conscious for your enjoyment. Fresh, according to traditional and own recipes, according to the seasons. In our assortment we have also vegan products. Enjoy, in our new Pastry Shop in the Center of Meran. A place of encounter and exchange. A special place all the time.
    Mountain Huts & Alpine Farms
    Kirchberg Alm
    Ulten/Ultimo, Meran/Merano and environs
    Ausgangspunkt: St. Gertraud (1.506 m) - Wanderweg Nr. 108 - Gehzeit: 1 h 30 min. - Höhenunterschied: 382 m (leichte Bergtour)
    Ice cream parlor
    Confectionery Alex
    Kaltern an der Weinstraße/Caldaro sulla Strada del Vino, The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    Delicious fresh baked goods, ice cream cakes, pralines and chocolate from our own confectionery. The sale is effected by the ice cream parlour café Trude.
    Cantina Valle Isarco
    Klausen/Chiusa, Brixen/Bressanone and environs
    Producing mineral-rich, fruity, elegant mountain wines with their own character: the credo of the Cantina Valle Isarco is as clear as it is simple. This is the youngest of Alto Adige’s cooperative wineries and, with 135 members, also the smallest, as well as the northernmost in all of Italy. And its credo is followed without compromise.

    The grapes grow on steep terraces at elevations from 250 to 1,000 meters. The work in the vineyards is hard and in many cases done by hand. Specifically right here, it is necessary to work in harmony with nature, to take the infertile resources into consideration, and for that reason to produce as close to nature as possible. But in any case, it is actually the elevation that also has a series of advantages. For instance, the harvest period is relatively late in the year, which is why the grapes also take along a whole series of sunny and warm autumn days and cool nights with them into the approximately 950,000 bottles that are produced annually.

    “The particular climate of the Valle Isarco, its mineral-rich soils, and the late harvest are the optimal conditions for fresh, fruity, and mineral-rich white wines,” explains Stefan Donà, who has been winemaker of the Valle Isarco Winery since 2023. The calling cards of his winery are therefore the outstanding Sylvaner, Kerner, Müller Thurgau, and Grüne Veltliner, which make up no less than 98 percent of the assortment. They score a hit with their unmistakable stylistic direction and acidity structure, and they present themselves as extremely typical of the variety. As they know all too well at the Cantina Valle Isarco, quality in fact knows no compromise.
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