A new fable in Terlano: after the tasting for the new Terlaner 2017 straight from the cellars of the winery, we saw a wolf roaming through the asparagus fields of Terlano.
Could this be the south Tyrolean version of the famous Aesop fable “The fox and the grapes”?
Of course, it is uncertain how many glasses of wine were had before the wolf sighting…
At Wilys Art Gallery, the preparations for the next exhibition are well on their way and will, like usual, accompany the upcoming Asparagus season.
This year, the focus of the exhibition will be on orchids, envisioned by the artist GIORGIOPPI.
In these pictures you see Willy Sparer looking for works to be displayed for your and our pleasure at Willys Art Gallery in the upcoming months of april and may 2018.
The winery Befehlhof is situated on 710 meters above sea level in Vezzan. Vezzan is one of the most northern wineyards in South Tyrol. On the slate grounds near Vezzan, the grape varieties of Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Weißburgunder, Fraueler, Zweigelt and Blauburgunder. Fraueler is a very particular grape variety, this relatively unknown, autochthon grape is also known as Vezzaner, and with under 1ha of acreage a variety that has almost completely disappeared from South Tyrol’s vineyards.
Since 1980, wine is being produced in these dry slate grounds. Oswald Schuster was one of the first to cultivate wine in the Vinschgau valley. Having tried everything, from Kerner and Silvaner to Riesling. Some of them, like the Riesling have stuck around and make the foundation for viniculture in the Vinschgau valley.
Oswald Schuster has since retired from viniculture and left his daughter the work in and around the vineyard.
Magdalena Schuster works all year at the Befehlhof. After long years of study and work experience, in New Zealand among other places, Magdalena focuses now on viniculture in the Vinschgau valley and likes to take it slow. After years working in the international wine business she wants to focus her time not only on wine, but other projects as well.
With his small production amounts, the winery Befehlhof is considered to be a small winery by other South Tyrol standards. A secret tip for every wine drinker. The beauty of the vineyard is being displayed trough the unique wines. Riesling and Fraueler with the lovely name Jera are the proof that Vernatsch and pinot grigio aren’t everything in South Tyrol.
Our concierge while waiting for the tour operator to continue his japan trip, spends some time on the fields near Chino (Prefecture of Nagano) and meets a local buckwheat farmer.
Will he return to South Tyrol with Soba noodles?
To find out,
picts © H. Kita
One of our guests decided to help himself to some oysters, accompanied by a bottle of Réserve della Contessa, Manicor.
A refined and elegant white, perfect for celebrating.
The only thing remaining was a heap of snow and oyster shells…
picts © L. Pichler
(a great ending and an even greater beginning)
Our guests chose to spend New Years Eve at the huts near Merano 2000 or in the valley of Sarentino. Awaiting the new year in-between lots of snow and giving the last night in 2017 the celebration it deserves.
After the festivities of the last weeks, what would be better then to wave the holidays goodbye on New Year’s Eve?
The best way to begin 2018.
A Happy New Year to everyone!
© M. Meier-Fust
a visionary for Alto Adige wine, an investigative spirit with many visions, but also a practitioner, who always had the right feeling, good advice and an exciting story to tell. Thank you Wastl for the Stocker method, the Weißterlaner and the knowledge about the ageing potential of white wines from Alto Adige.
Text & pict: Judith Unterholzner
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.