The pinot noir, cultivated in the dolomite-chalk hills of Mazzon, is among the most refined wines of South Tyrol. Such complexity in pinot noir is very seldom in Italy, and the small and sleepy town of Mazzon does not have to hide behind the international competition.
The cellar masters around Mazzon know how to appreciate the soil and climate. Condensed on such small space, renowned wineries like Hofstätter, Ploner, Haas, Gottardi and Brunnenhof, have long realised the potential of the location and manage to continue to develop various exciting new wines.
Everything started with one name: Vigna S. Urbano. The name that nowadays can be found on a bottle of Joseph Hofstätter wine, was the wine in South Tyrol guaranteeing its origin by certification. Today it is still celebrated for its elegance and complexity, far outside of Mazzon. A founding stone for south tyrolean focus on quality and in this region and example for the rapid change in agriculture.
The official partner of BMW motorcycles from Thailand visited us during their Enduro tour.
The staff of BMW Thailand, with lots of fans following them, visited some of the most scenic parts of South Tyrol. Some of the highlights are certainly the visit to a local glacier, where the riders from hotter and more humid climates touched fresh snow for the first time in their lives.
Pict © Enduro Park Thailand
The perfect time to leap into the pool! But be warned!
The ground may be slippery when wet, even the more seasoned pool divers should be careful not to spend such beautiful weather in the hospital!
It’s best to enjoy these hot afternoons from the inside of our swimming pool.
Terlano - The asparagus hosts of Terlan, Vilpian and Siebeneich, recently invited to an incredible culinary bike tour through the asparagus triangle. The "Radlsonntag", organised every year, to celebrate the asparagus season, continued to attract a lot of people. At various stands, the eight partaking restaurants offered asparagus dishes, with ham from the butchers Nigg and Mair, asparagus wine from the winery Terlan aswell as the sparkling apple-winefrom the Sandwiesenhof. The mayor of the surrounding communes enjoyed the creative dishes, made from the Margarete asparagus. Dr. Schär and the bakery Mein Beck, supplied the cyclists with a sweet treat. "The organisation of this event was financially supported by the Raiffeisenkasse Terlan, and wants to help bring guests and locals into contact with the asparagus farmers and hosts.
From the left: Armin Gorfer, mayor of Gargazon, Roland Danay, mayor of Andrian, Edmund Lanziner, President of the association of communes Überetsch-Unterland, Klaus Runer, mayor of Terlan, and Georg Eyrl, head-chairman of the Terlan winery.
Photo Marion Lafogler
A 9km hike around a beautiful lake on a wonderful spring day.
Pict © Brugger Klaus
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.
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
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.
Pict © Paolo Manara
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.
Pict © Aunt Rompi
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!
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.
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.