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The asparagus season is ready to begin

Speciality weeks in Terlano, Vilpiano and Settequerce from April to May

Terlano- in the asparagus triangle around Terlano, beginning April, the royal vegetable is again the centre of the culinary offer. As part of a press conference, the Terlano asparagus season was presented in an asparagus field in Vilpiano.
Every year, the inns invite you to the traditional Terlano asparagus season, which, this year, will take place for the 36th time. The chefs enchant with their innovative and sophisticated asparagus creations. This year, for the first time, gluten-free dishes can be found on the menus of the participating restaurants.

The asparagus has always been accompanied by fresh wine from the Terlano winery. "At the beginning of spring, the asparagus is the protagonist in our restaurants and inns. Therefore, I’d like to thank the asparagus hosts, who each year put the Terlano Margarete asparagus, skilfully and creatively in scene, and to all the countless guests who have become regulars during the season.” Says Andreas Sparer, chairman of the local Terlano group of the Hoteliers and Innkeepers Association (HGV), who together with Alexander Höller, head of the Asparagus department of the Terlano winery and representative of the asparagus farmers and Georg Eyrl, chairman of the Terlano winery, presented this year’s asparagus season.
Also present were the mayor of Terlano Klaus Runer, HGV vice president Gottfried Schgaguler and Alexander von Egen, who congratulated on the successful initiative. As part of the press conference, Elisabeth Hofer was crowned the new asparagus queen; following Nadia Degasperi.
Sponsors of the Terlano asparagus season are the company Dr. Schär, the Raiffeisenkasse Terlan, the association of South Tyrolean small animal breeders and the eggs of the quality brand South Tyrol.

Opening party in Terlano

The opening party of the Terlano asparagus season will take place on Thursday, 4th April at 11 o’clock, on the Dr.-Wieser-square in Terlano. Interested parties are invited to take part in the festivities and taste the culinary delights of the Terlano asparagus Margarete while enjoying a glass of the asparagus wine (sauvignon) from the Terlano winery.

Culinary program

For locals and guests, the Terlano asparagus season offers plenty of opportunities to discover and enjoy everything related to the royal vegetable. Culinary asparagus walks through the orchards and asparagus fields, horse drawn carriage rides with tasting of asparagus creations from the Terlano asparagus hosts and a cycling pleasure tour are offered. As well as opportunities to look over the farmers shoulders during a guided tour. All information about the Terlano Asparagus hosts and the detailed supporting programme can be found under spargelwirte.it

The Terlano asparagus season was presented in an asparagus field. From left: Klaus Runer, Mayor of Terlano, Gottfried Schgaguler, HGV vice-president, Georg Eyrl, chairman of the Terlano winery, Andreas Sparer, chairman of the local HGV group Terlano and Alexander Höller, head of the asparagus department of the Terlano winery and representative of the asparagus farmers.

The participating restaurants

Gasthaus Hochbrunner, Terlano, Tel. 0471 86 69 735
Restaurant Oberhauser, Terlano, Tel. 0471 257 121
Buschenschank Oberlegar, Terlano, Tel. 334 318 95 20
Restaurant Oberspeiser, Terlano, Tel. 0471 257 150
Restaurant Patauner, Settequerce, Tel. 0471 918 502
Restaurant Pizzeria Schützenwirt, Terlano, Tel. 0471 257 146
Hotel Restaurant Sparerhof, Vilpiano, Tel. 0471 678 671
Hotel Restaurant Weingarten, Terlano, Tel. 0471 257 174

Text and photos: HGV

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Asparagus field in march

Pssst! They're still sleeping! Under the warm March sun, the white asparagus "Margarete" are almost ready. Protected with care, they are patiently waiting to be harvested. Not only will they soon wake up, so will our hunger. A welcome sight for our eyes, and diet.
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Feltre, between the Dolomites and Venice

Feltre is nice. Beautiful and sexy. They do not have many gelato flavours but what they lack in gelato flavours they make up in hospitality.

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A short trip to Lazise, Lake Garda,

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Almond blossoms and olive trees in the "valley of the lakes" (Valle dei Laghi)
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Sanctuary Madonna della Corona
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on top of Ahrntal
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Fresh strawberries in winter?!

The Concierge and his trusted associate were part of the select few who experienced the presentation of the vinery Caldaro’s newest wines first hand. Titled “Project XXX”, master winemaker Andrea Moser debuts his new creations.

The sommelier world champion 2018, Eros Teboni and the president of the sommelier association FIS Trentino Alto-Adige, Raffaele Fischetti, guided through the evening.

Your Concierge was of course agreeing with master sommelier Eros opinion, apart from one minor thing. A smell of premature strawberry in this wine? No way!!!

A big thanks to Judith Unterholzner for the invite!

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The Glögglhof vinery
In sleepy St. Magdalena, away from the hectic daily life in Bolzano, the Gojer family cares for their vinery and their crops. The Glögglhof is one of the smallest vineries in South Tyrol. Nevertheless, it is one that you shouldn’t sleep on!

For multiple generations now the family has cared about the steep vineyards above the farm with love and care. The hills are in fact so steep that work with heavy machinery becomes impossible, everything is grown, tended to, and collected by hand.

St. Magdalena is most notably known for two things: the impressive old church that lends its name to the commune and of course to their second most known thing: the wine. Made mostly out of indigenous Vernatsch, it would be easy to forget about indigenous lagrein, since for every twenty grapes of Vernatsch, only about a single grape of Lagrein finds its way into a bottle of St. Magdalena, dictates the hundreds of years old tradition.

With such a known red wine, it is of course no surprise that it overshadows the white wines of the Gojer family, which do not have to hide behind their more known brother.

Cultivated in Karneid, they reflect the freshness and acidity of the cold climate in the Eisack valley. For years now the Kerner enjoys more and more of the limelight. Originally a cross-breed of Riesling and Vernatsch, the grape variety found its place in the sparse hills of the Eisack valley.

The more known varieties of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc also found their stay in the hills. The resulting taste is atypical for South Tyrol but convinces by its charm and character. While they do not have to hide behind the two St. Magdalena reds of the Gojer family, a classical and a premium selection, these wines reflect St. Magdalena in two intertwined ways: one of tradition and terroir.

If it is the classical St. Magdalena, or the St. Magdalena Vigna Rondell, you should try both. A get together of generations, of two directions in wine tradition and culture.

Against all difficulties, the Gojer family creates an authentic product, with its own identity. In times of constant advancement, this small vinery retains the original South Tyrolean identity while still going with the time.

The Glögglhof masters blurring the lines between tradition and innovation. A vineyard you shouldn’t sleep on.

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The Peace Path. Kaltern
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Concierge blooms into top form

One of our longstanding clients has a stand at the „Interpoma“ exposition in Bolzano, that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Interpoma focuses on the apple, from its cultivation to its conservation to its marketing.

It is a unique event for this economic sector in the whole world. The exposition’s goal is to represent and showcase the innerworkings of the apple industry, starting from the cultivation to the methods of conservation and storage, the marketing and distribution, to the general and international public.

The exposition is structured to show the various apple varieties and strains, the newest technological advancements from new machines to harvest methods.

Interpoma isn’t solely a giant showcase for apples but also an important place for networking and discussion.

Our client didn’t just want “a” stand, he wanted it to be surrounded by flowers and fruits, of course the apple wasn’t to be missing. We are surrounded by apples, not only by apple fields in the literary sense, but also by works of art throughout our hotel. This outstanding fruit is a part of our regions culture and therefore a piece of us.

The Merano florist Gutweniger Stefan does it all, everybody’s happy, your Concierge, and most importantly, the client.

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Hike from Klausen to Feldthurns through Pardell
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Hike to the Leadner alp Hut
Hike from Vöran to the Leadner alp

Leadner alp: 1530m above Vöran, can be reached starting from the cable car startion in a 80 minutes hike.

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The Eisack valley chestnut-weeks are on their way

Klausen – The 17th edition of the chestnut weeks in the Eisack valley, organised by the HGV (hotel and inn-keepers association), has been opened at the Pfarrplatz in Klausen. Starting October 20th until November 4th, 15 inns and restaurants centre their culinary offer around the chestnut.

„The participating inns reinvent themselves year after year to serve their guests creative chestnut dishes”, says Helmut Tauber, chairman of the Eisack valley HGV and the organisation committee of the chestnut weeks. Maria Gasser, mayor of Klausen: “I would like to thank the innkeepers and the HGV-Eisack valley, for promoting our chestnuts time and time again.”

Opening in Klausen

15 participating inns and restaurants presented their culinary innovations and invited us to try. The two aspiring chefs Jasmin Ruedl from the restaurant “Ansitz zum Steinbock” and Alex Faltner from the Panorama-Wellness-Hotel “Feldthurnerhof” prepared two exquisite chestnut dishes live, that were then judged by a jury. Visitors had the opportunity to try the “original Eisack valley chestnut cake”, supplied by the confectionery Gasser in Lüsen. In its eighth edition the golden chestnut award went to the chestnut associations of Eisack, Vinschgau and the Keschtenriggl association, for their contributions.

Supporting programme

Next to culinary pleasures, all friends of nature and culture can experience exciting offers by the local tourist associations, like organised hikes, concerts, markets, parties and lots more that warrant a trip to the Eisack valley.

The chestnut plays a major role at the “Keschtnweg”. The idyllic hike from Neustift to Brixen, Feldthurns, Klausen, Villanders, Barbian and Ritten to Bolzano and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the autumn landscape and chestnut trees.

Participating Inns and Restaurants

Hotel Restaurant Pacher, Neustift, Tel. 0472 836 570
Restaurant Der Traubenwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 836 552
Gasthof Sunnegg, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 760
Restaurant Künstlerstübele Finsterwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 835 343
Südtiroler Gasthaus Fink, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 883
Alpenrose’s Dining & Living, Pinzagen/Brixen, Tel. 0472 832 191
Bauern- und Gasthof Kircherhof, Albeins/Brixen, Tel. 0472 851 005
Panorama-Wellness-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, Lajen-Klausen, Tel. 0471 655 654
Restaurant Ansitz zum Steinbock, Villanders, Tel. 0472 843 111
Gasthof Rösslwirt, Barbian, Tel. 0471 654 188

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Eppan Ridgeway and Iceholes
11km, 735 meters of elevation gate, 5h, map, how to get there
Castle Englar
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Vilpianer Waterfall (mid section)

A small adventure directly from our doorstep:

Go towards the waterfall, and then turn left. A small but challenging slope awaits that goes on for about 20 minutes. You’ll soon get to the small Oberschol-inn. Across the suspension bridge and about 150 meters later at a parking lot, follow a small route into the weald that leads to two breath taking waterfalls. 5.3 km, 360 meters altitude, 2h, map

Keep walking on my friend and stay tuned!

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Time to pick up Prosecco and Gin, Conegliano

With the Kapriol gin bottle almost empty, and all the prosecco gone. Yours truly, had the perfect excuse to get in the truck and drive towards the home of Prosecco.

First stop, the bar “Al Solito Posto”, (the usual place), perfect time for a glass of Prosecco, of course, only for the co-pilot.

Fortunately, Francesco Maschio, of omonima, and the office remembered me.

By being late to the loading times, (8.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00), we arrived at 12.30, we had the chance to try the kitchen of "Al Salisà“: modern dishes from sushi to game, in a rustic environment with a terrace and wooden sofas.

A bit of shopping in the city later, we returned to a truck filled with prosecco.

And so, we returned home, with a fridge filled to the brim with prosecco and lots of motivation.

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