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Holidays on the Alto Adige Wine Road

Among vines, medieval castles and modern cellar architecture

Embedded in extensive vineyards between Nals/Nalles and Salorno/Salurn over a total length of 150 km, the Alto Adige Wine Road combines centuries of viticultural tradition with a touch of the southern lifestyle. Winter unveils its sweet side during your holiday in South Tyrol. Lemons, figs and olives grow in the gardens of historic estates, graceful castles and traditional vineyards. Here, extraordinary architectures have been created for processing and tasting. The people who live here will welcome you with their strong zest for life and culture of hospitality.

Here are some things you should not miss

Visit medieval fortresses and castles or Neumarkt/Egna, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Explore the winegrowing area on foot or by bike.

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

Find your accommodation

How about a charming room with lake views? A wellness hotel with exceptional cuisine? A suite in a chic boutique hotel? Or a cosy place to sleep on a farm?

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Bolzano/Bozen, the town of winegrowing

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.

Bolzano/Bozen Christmas market

It's the oldest and largest Christmas market in the region. With more than 70 stands laying out handcrafted products and local foods, a varied program with shows and concerts, the festively decorated Christmas tree and the joy-filled eyes of children, the old center of Bolzano becomes a fairytale during Advent.


Christmastime on the Alto Adige Wine Road

Follow the scent of freshly baked Zelten, a traditional fruitcake, and apple strudel, marvel at traditional South Tyrolean handicraft products and handmade Christmas tree decorations at the market stalls, or warm up your body and soul with a mug of hot mulled wine or fruity punch. The Christmas markets on the Wine Road are a particularly good place to enjoy the pre-Christmas period: it is the perfect way to get in the mood for the festive season.

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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 aperitif 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.

Actively experience the region

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A treat for your taste buds

Award-winning restaurants or trendy wine bars 

Pleasure is a priority along the South Tyrolean Wine Road. Whether at a historic winery or a traditional inn, at a modern bistrot or at the 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 accompanied by local wines, often produced in-house. To savour these moments of joy, thanks to the mild temperatures you can even sit outside on a sun terrace in March! Or in a wine tavern on one of the winding alleyways of the picturesque wine villages where you can simply enjoy life over an aperitif .

What is happening 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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All the top events in the Alto Adige Wine Road region

Produced in the region of the Alto Adige Wine Road

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. 

Shopping as an experience

Fresh from the farm or carved from the best wood. You can purchase products with a clear conscience from our farmers or artisans - an enriching experience in itself.

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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 winter 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 "Mobil & Activ Card" gives you unlimited access to all public transport in South Tyrol.