One mountain, two peaks. Monte Luco (2432 meters above sea level) and Piccolo Luco (2297 meters above sea level)
While the mountain peaks are snowed over, at the old church in Vilpiano, springtime is already showing some of its force. The old vilpiano church was constructed in 1639, when it became too small, a bigger church, san Giuseppe dei Lavoratori, was built next to it.
In this moment, spring isn’t quite ready yet to fight in full force, since now it is the time for snow, even in the valley.
While waiting for the coming festivities, visits to the Christmas markets in Merano, Bolzano or Bressanone are the perfect opportunity to try mulled wine and other seasonal treats.
© H. J. Althuber
Today, our sommelier finds himself at the Merano WineFestival, to meet the creators behind many of our wines and to discover many others.
The Merano WineFestival is the first event in Europe which, since 1992, solely focuses on the selection of top quality products in an exclusive ambience. Its multi-sensory journey in just one Glass, has become a milestone in this type of festivals.
The Merano WineFestival is more than just an event, it is an outright think tank. It provides a platform for exchange between producers, opinion leaders, professionals and consumers. A proper benchmark for high quality and a reference for a selective purchase.
The visibility and notoriety of the Merano WineFestival reaches a global level and represents a brand of top-quality. Every selected company is part of the wine-world’s gotha.
To celebrate 26 years of history, there will be 5 days full of emotions and things to discover with friends: over 450 winemakers among the best of Italy and the rest of the world, almost 200 producers of culinary products and 15 prominent chefs. Expression of the best that our place has to offer, selected by the WineHunter Award Commissions.
Cooking Farm is the highlight of the new Chef Arena, where famous Italian chefs and master chefs will challenge the most traditional South Tyrolean countrywomen in the realization of traditional and innovational plates.
Meanwhile, the Masterclasses will represent a variety of guided tastings of excellent national and international wines with the purpose to create culture and knowledge.
Another fast-growing sector of the last years will be one of the protagonists: during the Naturae and Purae, the best biological, byodinamic, natural, “orange” and PIWI wines (Disease-resistant wine varieties) will be presented on the opening day.
As the highlight of the Merano WineFestival’s Grand Final, we will proudly present Catwalk Champagne, a display of over 250 champagnes by 80 french producers!
All of this on the 26th Merano WineFestival: unique, exclusive, authentic!
And don’t forget about this evenings event in the winery Terlano, where guests from all around the world will meet to enjoy oysters and champagne.
The famous chefs Christian Pichler and Giancarlo Perbellini will be present aswell.
An exciting weekend awaits,
Wandering at the foot of the colourful Schlern
We wanted to enjoy autumn with friends and guests in all its beauty and decided on the aica farm trail. Starting at village Prösels, this circular walking tour leads us past the impressive farms of Ried and Unteraich, over meadows and through vivid woodland.
A unique pleasure for the eye. Following the trail, we experience a magnificent view of chestnut trees, grapevines and grassland. Over the Schnaggenkreuz, the route leads us back to Prösels, during this passage we were especially impressed by the picturesque view on the villages Obervöls, Untervöls, Peterbühl and Ums.
Since we had not yet enough of all these colours, we decided to enjoy the sunset with a proper Tyrolean “Marende” and a good glass of pinot noir in St. Zyprian at the foot of the Rosengarten – Dolomites UNESCO cultural heritage site.
An unforgettable day filled with intensive impressions.
The Eisack Valley Chestnutweeks are all set and ready to go
14th October – 5th November
16 participating restaurants
This year’s edition of the Eisack Valleys Chestnut-weeks has been presented on the Klausner town square. Staring on the 14th October and ending the 5th November, 16 restaurants in Vahrn and Barbian, put the locally grown chestnuts into the gastronomical focus.
It’s the sixteenth edition, organised by the Eisack Valley’s Hoteliers- and Restaurateurs- Association (HGV)Distrct. “Our restaurateurs show each year; how versatile the chestnut is. Gourmets arrive from far to enjoy the various culinary creations. “, says Helmut Trauber, HGV-Eisack Valley District chairman.
Maria Gasser Fink, mayor of Klausen, is especially excited for the upcoming weeks. “I would like to thank all the restaurateurs and HGV-District Eisack Valley, for putting this noble fruit into its deserved spotlight.”
Opening party in Klausen
A small preview on the upcoming weeks has been given to all visitors on the town square in Klausen. The innkeepers served their culinary chestnut creations and visitors were especially excited over the original Chestnut cake, made by confectionery “Gasser” in Lüsen, baked for this special occasion.
Next to culinary indulgences, nature and culture lovers could experience a diverse accompanying programme. The local tourism organisations offer various hikes, concerts, markets, festivities and other interesting events, who warrant a trip to the Eisack Valley.
The chestnut also plays a huge roll at the “Keschtnweg”. An idyllic hike through Neustift, to Brixen, Feldthurns, Klausen, Villanders, Barbian and Ritten to Bozen. It gives hikers the opportunity to experience the autumn nature, right between chestnut trees and fallen leaves.
Hotel Restaurant Pacher, Neustift, Tel. 0472 836 570
Restaurant Der Traubenwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 836 552
Gasthof Haller, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 601
Gasthof Sunnegg, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 760
Restaurant Künstlerstübele Finsterwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 835 343
Südtiroler Gasthaus Fink, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 883
Hotel Restaurant Alpenrose, Pinzagen/Brixen, Tel. 0472 832 191
Bauern- und Gasthof Kircherhof, Albeins/Brixen, Tel. 0472 851 005
Panorama Hotel Feldthurnerhof, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 333
Hotel Restaurant Taubers Unterwirt, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 225
Hotel Restaurant Oberwirt, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 212
Gasthof Wöhrmaurer, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 301
Gasthof Walther von der Vogelweide, Klausen, Tel. 0472 847 369
Gasthof Ansitz Fonteklaus, Klausen, Tel. 0471 655 654
Restaurant Ansitz zum Steinbock, Villanders, Tel. 0472 843 111
Gasthof Rösslwirt, Barbian, Tel. 0471 654 188
All ways lead to…
At daybreak we set of to visit the company headquarters of Inbrev in Munich, where among others, the famous world-famous beers of Löwenbräu, Franziskaner and Spaten are made.
After visiting the brewery, we enjoyed a magnificent breakfast with Leberkäse and Kellerbier.
It is known that Weißwurst is eaten with sweet mustard, but with Leberkäse one should instead choose regular mustard. As side dish, coiled radishes with salt, chives and caraway. Of course, a good beer and a traditional pretzel can’t be missing.
After this delicious meal on the brewery’s roof deck, we journeyed to the Oktoberfest in Munich.
During this trip we experienced how differently beer can be produced: at the multinational Inbrev group versus our beer supplier of choice, Antonius in Völs.
Of course, we can only dream of the massive amounts of beer one can choose at the Inbrev. The 260 different possibilities are simply unmatchable.
Thank you, Klaus, for the wonderful day, fully in white and blue, like Bavaria’s crest colors.
Prost and …
Kaltern - homeland of Kalterersee
text: Judith Unterholzner
picts: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 © Kellerei Kaltern
The young Francesco Maschio, after having spent several years abroad, eventually came home again in order to work in the family's business.
Francesco, world traveller and particularly hospital, showed us around the vineyards of the estate, during a foggy day which was, nevertheless, still beautiful. We were literally stunned by his story-telling abilities explaining the Prosecco, from the hard work on the fields, to the continuous care taking and refinements in the cellars until the wine becomes nothing less than extraordinary.
And then there's the core business of the fine spirits, Francesco's youngest and most ambitious project, where the juniper berries, given to young and enthusiastic coworkers, are taken from the shrub and harvested, and Francesco's capable hand eventually distills the Gin in traditional alembics, paying tribute to how things used to be done.
Everything to be tasted right away at Bar Blume, as an aperitif of as a perfect after dinner drink...
We look forward to welcome you.
Pict's 6, 7, 8, 9 © Distillery Maschio Beniamino
Dreamlike sunset at 2000 meters
Our concierge did a great job. Our guests from Japan enjoyed a fantastic sunset at the Stoanernen Mandlen yesterday at 7:40 pm and afterwards tasted a dolomite sushi from our chef, quite comfortable with candlelight.
And finally something sweet: Kaiserschmarrn at Blumes Bar.
Is there anything more beautiful?
The excursion was planned down to the last detail: a special ride with the cable car to Mölten, a taxi ride with Sepp to Möltner Kaser and a brave ascent to the summit.
Our concierge was rewarded with happy faces, an "Arigato" and, of course, an invaluable panorama and a fantastic sunset.
We do not want to deprive you of these invaluable views ...
Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige from 30 June to 9 July 2017
Music echoing in the mountains and across the valleys, drifting from beautiful squares and stunning locations across South Tyrol for ten days. Just another four months to go until the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2017 takes place on 30 June. The 35th anniversary will take us to the Benelux countries and is packed with plenty of new surprises. A musical box waiting to be discovered at the 70 concerts on offer.
This year’s journey will take us to the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg. “We’ve seen an interesting and innovative scene come to light recently across all those countries,” explains Widmann. To honour this edition’s choice, Reinier Baas, Dutch composer and guitarist, will be the artist in residence of the festival, appearing as part of various ensembles throughout the whole event.
130 musicians, 10 days, 70 concerts, 60 locations
A good 130 musicians from all over the globe and South Tyrol will be making an appearance for the festival’s anniversary. Between Friday 30 June and Sunday 9 July they’ll be performing across various locations in South Tyrol, including new settings. The audience will be spoilt for choice thanks to the huge programme including 70 concerts.
We also love jazz and that is why we support this event. Exceptional music in exceptional places, that suits us.
... not even a 100-minute drive from the Sparerhof, in Torbole at Lake Garda, it can be traced back in the footsteps of Goethe. The German poet was enthusiastic about the landscape and the view and could not help but linger in this beautiful village. As the lake is already much in bloom, an ideal setting for the perfect day trip. Before returning to home to the Sparerhof, you should also visit Canale di Tenno, a medieval hamlet on the slopes of the Lake, one of the most beautiful in Italy and already honored by many artists and art and mystery in all the winding alleys.
Our concierge not only writes new stories for our blog, but our concierge especially draws the threads in the background and fulfills the heart desires of our guests. He already organizes everything before the guest arrives at all.
This time, there is a special task for him, in which he has a great deal of pleasure: our guest would like to surprise his mother with a "Sun Downer on the Mountain" at the end of this month.
And here is our concierge in his element.
He organizes a special trip of the cableway to Mölten, a taxi service from the cable car station to the alpine pasture with a special license for the forest road, ascent to the "Stoanernen Mandlen". It is a magical place at an altitude of 2000 meters in the Sarntal Alps, where the sunset is especially beautiful with a panoramic view of the South Tyrolean mountains with Dolomites and Ortler.
In order to use the magic of this place properly, the concierge organizes a not only a headlamp but also food, fine wine and fine glasses; Nothing should be missing in such a special moment. Afterwards a Kaiserschmarrn with dessert wine lures in the cozy alpine hut, before returning.
The local appearance was a little cumbersome due to the snowfall, but our concierge enjoyed the winter wonderland and the anticipation of enthusiastic guests.
The snow is there and not there. Even the lawns are not green, but in Vilpiano shines a wonderful sun.
So, one of our customers decided to take the Mountaibike and have a ride, up and down the nearby hills.
Passing between the forest and through farms, vineyards and apple orchards that are still resting, in the warmth of the afternoon sunset.
It gives us these beautiful images ....
If you come to Sparerhof, and want to personally experience these emotions, ask for our advice on the most exciting trails, and those from whom to stay away because some are most dangerous!
The love of music and the will in the cultural landscape to move something caused the Nicola Ciardi and some friends to the club Jazz Music Promotion South Tyrol Alto Adige in 1982 to life. JMP has been pursuing the goal of bringing contemporary and experimental music to South Tyrol and supporting local artists for over 30 years. The focus is on jazz.
We also love jazz and that is why we support this event. Exceptional music in exceptional places, that suits us.
To the 35th edition of the jazz festival, Klaus Widmann and his team will again focus on a special focus of this year. The journey to the Benelux Union will take place in 2017. From a cultural and musical point of view, the three countries have much to offer. Especially in the jazz scene of the Benelux there are some very interesting and innovative musicians and projects.
The Dutch musician Reinier Baas from Amsterdam will play a leading role in the forthcoming festival. The guitarist and composer will perform as "artist in residence" again and again and in many different formations and realize several projects.
So we look forward to variety and unique music moments with the words of Billie Holiday:
"I never sing a song the same way twice."
Photocredit: Alex Puska, Musicians; The 4-tris
Two young bloggers from the Middle East have set themselves the goal of exploring the Dolomites and choosing the Sparerhof as a base camp.
They have moved exclusively on public transport (compliments for this "green" decision).
Having arrived by train in Vilpian, they have explored the Terlan wine trail with our mountain bikes.
With the cable car they went up to Mölten to get to know "Salten" up to Jenesien; and returned by bus.
The beautiful picts also tell of their trip to the Seier Alm, where the young explorers wandered on fresh snow.
After departure from the Sparerhof and from South Tyrol, they reached Riva del Garda (by train and bus) to shoot some autumn photos.
The trip continued to Venice, before the two came back from Rome (this time in the airplane).
A big thank you to Sara and Ester for sharing your impressive photos with us and of course for your passion as bloggers, to tell some stories about our homeland.
An old friend of ours has recently updated me on his career as an airline pilot. He used to fly the McDonald Douglas Super-80, but just upgraded to flying the Boeing 777-300 aircraft. He sent me a short video of his new cockpit and controls. It shows views from the aircraft cameras located in the tail, recording the engines and the contrails that the engines emit as well as the view below. The engines are the world's most powerful engines and produce 120 thousand pounds of thrust each. Landing gear on the B777 is the largest in the world. The video was shot between London and Los Angeles over Canada.
He and his family have been coming to Hotel Sparerhof since 1993. They enjoy spending time in the hotel and surrounding areas for relaxation. Their most recent visit was this past June.
Carriage ride through the triangle of asparagus.
Even the rain can not stop the enjoyment
For the first time this season the so-called "Sociable Carriage Run" took place in the triangle of asparagus Terlan, Vilpian and Siebeneich. An initiative of the asparagus farmers, an offer group of eight restaurants of the local chapter of the Terlan Hoteliers- and Restaurateurs- Association (HGV).
From Vilpian via Terlan and Siebeneich led the culinary carriage ride and sent the enthusiastic guests on discovery trip.
Andreas Sparer, chairman of the local HGV group greeted the asparagus lovers at the start at the parish church of Vilpian near Regen. Through the villages and flowering apple meadows, past the asparagus fields, through beautiful alleyways, the participants enjoyed the view and make a stop to enjoy: asparagus creations of the Terlaner asparagus hosts, a seven-course menu of the extra class.
On the way Enrico Degasperi, asparagus builder from Terlan Asparagus explained on the asparagus field the cultivation of the royal vegetable. At the Terlan cellar, chairman Georg Höller took the time to explain the process of processing and marketing, not without tasting the asparagus wine and other specialties from the wine cellar. At a later hour, Andreas Sparer offered the guests "asparagus rolls", to then say goodbye to the comfortable round. A unique excursion for all connoisseurs, explorers and asparagus friends.
Everyone who does not want to do without such a special experience can still register for the convivial carriage ride on 7th and 28th May.
All information is available at www.spargelwirte.it or by calling 0471 257 165.