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Holidays on the Alto Adige Wine Road

Embraced by grape vines, medieval castles and modern vineyard architecture

Set in the heart of South Tyrol's greatest vineyard between Nals/Nalles and Salorno/Salurn and spanning 150 km, the Alto Adige Wine Road intertwines centuries of winegrowing tradition with the southern way of life. Spend your holidays in South Tyrol: spring comes early here. Lemons, figs and olives grow in the gardens of historic residences, magnificent castles and endless vineyards. In the past and today, impressive architectural buildings were built for the processing and tasting of wine. Experience the awakening of nature on leisurely walks along Kalterer See lake or on a long bike ride through the blossoming landscape and charming wine villages.

 

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While somewhere else in South Tyrol is still winter, the first flowers have already peeped up through the snow on the Alto Adige Wine Road. Walk in medieval forts and castles or stroll down the historic alleys of Neumarkt/Egna, one of the country's finest villages in Italy. Get exploring this wine-growing region on foot or by bike.

Cycling in Neumarkt/Egna

Cycling on the Via Claudia Augusta route

 

The homeland of international and indigenous grape varieties. Genuine hospitality Living winegrowing tradition. Southern zest for life.

Bolzano/Bozen, the winegrowing town

A good drop of Lagrein or St. Magdalener? That’s Bolzano in a wine glass

Bolzano and the vineyards belong together: grapes have thrived in the Bolzano/Bozen valley basin since primeval times thanks to the optimal conditions for producing this exquisite wine. On the gravel soils of the Eisack, Etsch and Talfer rivers, which meet in the capital, the indigenous velvety Lagrein thrives particularly well. And on the sunny slopes of St. Magdalena, Justina and Leitach, the delicately fruity St. Magdalener flourishes. The saying “Venice swims on water, Bolzano swims on wine” may seem strange at first. However Bolzano is more than just one of South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing communities and part of the Alto Adige Wine Road; it is also one of Europe’s biggest wine-producing towns. Each March, South Tyrol’s wine scene gather at the Schloss Maretsch castle for the Bolzano Wine Tasting. Bolzano’s wine culture can be experienced at the many wineries and vineyards and the newly designed Cantina Bolzano winery is a must for architecture fans.

On the traces of wine

If walking is not up your alley, you can explore the Alto Adige Wine Road and its excellent wines on a bike tour.

Radfahren am Kalterer See
Biken Frühling Weinstraße
Talradwege entlang der Südtiroler Weinstraße

Bike Wine Ambassadors

A cycle route made just for you

Cycling through the unique vineyard landscape of Alto Adige is an incomparable experience – and one that is yet more enjoyable and enriching when you set off with one of the region’s Bike Wine Ambassadors. As specially trained wine connoisseurs, they'll take you on individually planned bike tours to explore the wonderful world of wine in all of Alto Adige’s winegrowing regions.

What can I see and do in Alto Adige Wine Road region?

The Alto Adige Wine Road runs across a gently rolling hilly landscape and through 16 villages past vineyards, fortresses, historic residences and the provincial capital of Bolzano/Bozen. Vineyards have long dominated in the area between Nals/Nalles through to Salorno/Salurn: even 2,500 years ago, the Rhaetians were growing grapes here. In the Mediterranean climate, numerous international grape varieties thrive and are processed to make wines of global standing. The indigenous varieties of Vernatsch and Lagrein and the local Gewürztraminer are particularly at home here. The mild temperatures start in March - and the warm season extends until late autumn. So you have plenty of time to explore the surroundings in more details along the hiking trails or by bike. If it gets too hot for you in summer, you can cool down by jumping into the Kalterer See lake or the Montiggler Seen lakes. This includes a refreshing aperitivo with tasty nibbles. You don’t have to look far to find an opportunity to do this because enjoyment is part of life’s goal - whether at ease in the village square, in style in the wine cellar or relaxed by the lake.

Experience something new every day

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A treat for the taste buds

Moments of indulgence are a priority along the Alto Adige Wine Road. Whether at a historic winery or  traditional inn, at a modern bistrot or castle: the wide range of restaurants in the wine villages pamper you with some specially selected dishes. Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine are blended into a delicious mix, with particular speciality weeks that focus on local asparagus, wild garlic, Pinot Noir wine, seasonal vegetables or chestnuts. These tasty creations are of course paired with local wines, often produced in-house. To savour these moments of joy, you can sit outside on a sun terrace and toast with a fancy aperitivo.

Where can you sample good cuisine on the Alto Adige Wine Road?

From the inn to the delightful pizzeria and the award-winning restaurant: the food served here defines South Tyrolean cuisine. Light Mediterranean dishes, down-to-earth Alpine treats and high-quality raw ingredients.

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Bolzano/Bozen, the town of winegrowing

A good drop of Lagrein or St. Magdalener? That’s Bolzano/Bozen in a wine glass

Bolzano and the vineyards belong together: grapes have thrived in the Bolzano/Bozen valley basin since primeval times thanks to the optimal conditions for producing this exquisite wine. On the gravel soils of the Eisack, Etsch and Talfer rivers, which meet in the capital, the indigenous velvety Lagrein thrives particularly well. And on the sunny slopes of St. Magdalena, Justina and Leitach, the delicately fruity St. Magdalener flourishes. The saying “Venice swims on water, Bolzano swims on wine” may seem strange at first. However Bolzano is more than just one of South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing communities and part of the Alto Adige Wine Road; it is also one of Europe’s biggest wine-producing towns. Each March, South Tyrol’s wine scene gather at the Schloss Maretsch castle for the Bolzano Wine Tasting. Bolzano’s wine culture can be experienced at the many wineries and vineyards and the newly designed Cantina Bolzano winery is a must for architecture fans.

What's going on in the Alto Adige Wine Road region?

Wine forms the focal point of most events – and culinary indulgence at the same time: at the gourmet tables in the village centre, during the Wineries Night, on a wine safari and during the Autumn Experience.

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Locally sourced and enjoyed

How about a glass of ruby-red Pinot Noir? Noodles made with the eggs from the farm? Honey with the South Tyrolean seal of quality? Or a hand-made wine barrel? In the region of the Alto Adige Wine Road, as in the rest of South Tyrol, you will find a wide range of local, high-quality foods and hand-made everyday objects and art objects. Lots of producers sell straight from the farm where you can sample the treats and get to know the producers. In this way, you will experience moments of delicious flavour as well as exciting insider knowledge about cultivation and processing. With a bit of luck, you can even look over the shoulders of craftsmen at work as they create jewellery, wooden sculptures and baskets while strolling through the village or town. Hand craftsmanship has a long-standing tradition in South Tyrol. High quality and durability are the primary factors, which are achieved through the use of proprietary manufacturing techniques and high-quality raw materials. This allows us to create products that are only available here.

Weather forecast & Webcams

Enjoy our mountains, forests, meadows and towns at any time of the day and year. Our webcams connect you to special places all over South Tyrol in real time. You can glance at South Tyrol in bits, any time and any place you want and find out the current weather conditions with just a few clicks.

Your car-free summer holiday

For a comfortable and environmentally friendly travel to the Alto Adige Wine Road, find here the most relevant information. Buses, trains or cable cars drop you off at your accommodation or hiking destination.

  • Travel by train

    You can reach the villages along the Alto Adige Wine Road from the provincial capital of Bolzano/Bozen. Connecting trains, buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle will drop you off at your accommodation.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you get to your accommodation on the Alto Adige Wine Road, the Südtirol Guest Pass gives you unlimited access to all public transport in South Tyrol.

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