Buschenschänke or Hofschänke?
If you come to South Tyrol during the Törggelen period you are likely to hear these two expressions. It’s worth while learning them. Both are country taverns open in this period: the difference between them is subtle but essential.
Both Buschenschänke (the “ä” pronounced like “e”, i.e.: Buschenschenke) and the Hofschänke pronounced Hofschenke) offer rural fare in congenial and warm surroundings, for example typical wainscoted farmhouse living rooms. They look back on a long tradition and provide a more relaxed alternative to restaurants. Many offer food and drink grown and produced in their own farms.
What is the difference between Buschenschänke and Hofschänke?
The short answer is wine! Buschenschänke are located in winegrowing areas and their licence strictly prescribes that they serve their own wine, homemade from grapes harvested in the farmstead’s own vineyards. The landlord or landlady is consequently at the same time a winegrower, winemaker and tavern owner. Hofschänke on the other hand serve delicious dishes from South Tyrol’s cuisine along with excellent wine from South Tyrol, but not produced by the hosts. They have one thing in common: both represent a unique style of hospitality typical of South Tyrol’s rural tradition!
Ask for your free guide “Country eateries for gourmets” (Masi con gusto/Bäuerlicher Feinschmecker) which lists the farmhouse diners approved by the Farmers’ Association where you can take part in the Törggelen (Available only in German and Italian). All the establishments have been subjected to rigorous inspections, have been evaluated with special emphasis on the quality of their cuisine and the ambience of the dining room(s). South Tyrol's farmhouse taverns are a delight to visit both in the high season, autumn, and throughout the year. Many open from spring to late autumn, while others open all year round.