Concierge Blog

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.

Stay tuned!

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Merano High Mountain Trail - Valley of Thousand Steps
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Vilpian Waterfall
Have you heard of the Parcines waterfall? Maybe you have, but did you know that there is a similar waterfall in Vilpian, fewer then 10 minutes on foot away from the Sparerhof, that is 82 meters high and therefor only insignificantly smaller?


700m, 10 minute walk, Map
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Kofelraster Lakes in Ulten

Starting at the Steinrast parking lot, over the Kühberg alp to the Kofelraster lakes on 2420m, and back down to the Riemerbergl alp.

15km, 905m altitude, 5h route up,, our route back down,, how to get there
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Bicycle tour to Langfenn
Langfenn, 40km, 3h30, 1375 Höhenmeter,Track
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To the Gschnagenhardt alp
Web site: 11.1km, 3h20m, 450m altitude gain, Track, Approach
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Eishof, mountain hut in the Val di Fosse
9.74km, 2h34m, 380 meters difference in altitude, map, journey
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bridge over troubled water
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Lake Valdurna - Seebalm mountain hut - Flaggerscharten hut
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Polenta


An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

As you might recall, the concierge and his following had the possibility to visit the seat of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in Munich on the 27th of September 2017
Klaus, friend and long-time guest at the Sparerhof, invited us for a visit during the Oktoberfest.

Klaus and his group of co-workers decided to visit South Tyrol for their special leave this year, choosing between Lisbon, Vienna, London and South Tyrol, they made the right decision, a landslide victory for South Tyrol.

Thank you Klaus! You and your team have impeccable taste. To surprise the group, we organised a tour of beautiful Kaltern and hike along the wine road with a panoramic view of the lake.

Walther, partner at the vineyard Kaltern had the stove ready and conveniently fired, for us to try fresh polenta. Walther stands for a true South Tyrolean, pure, direct and able to hold one’s drink.

A true inhabitant of Kaltern, the Schiava stronghold of South Tyrol, Walther prepares a mean polenta.

Vineyards and orchards as far as the eye can see, but no corn. In realty the main ingredient for polenta was only cultivated for a, relatively speaking, brief amount of time in our valleys (300 years). With farmers soon realising that apples and fruit make for a more profitable crop and soon apple trees overgrew the landscape and exiled corn.

Polenta made in Kaltern

Even with the vanishing of corn, polenta made from the yellow flour remained in the everyday South Tyrolean kitchen. Accompanying anything from goulash, to sausages and cheese to barley coffee, traditionally eaten during the grape harvest.

Some restaurants offer polenta gnocchi, rosticciata with polenta and vegetables, it seems to go with everything, fish and meat alike. Wein.Kaltern reintroduced the original polenta from Kaltern, “kalterer plent”, cultivated on some hills in the area, and serve it together with a glass of Lago di Caldaro.
The taste of the Kaltern’s hills and lake, not only on your plate but also in your glass!

Together with our polenta we had the inimitable “Hauswurst”

The wines:

Vial Pinot Bianco

“Echoes of the sea trapped in the vineyard’s limestone soil return on the savoury-edged back palate.”

Leuchtenburg Schiava Kalterersse Classico Superiore.

“The spirit of place and a sense of provenance. Lake Kaltern, with all its grace, power, beauty, austerity and a panoramic view of Alto Adige.”

A big thank you to Walther, for your hospitality and kindness.

picts © K. Brugger

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Terlano winery

picts © K. Brugger

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The Parcines waterfall

picts © nr 3 -6 F. Faber

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Bergl Hut 2.214 m in the Schnals Valley
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Vespa, Ischia & Positano

Ischia, hot weather and vespas, all the ingredients for an Italian summer at the Sparerhof! After crossing the Brenner and the passo Giovo by vespa, stopping for a refreshing drink is a must before continuing southwards.

Beautiful vintage colours, the vespa never falls out of fashion, together with Napoli, Ischia and Positano.

Good travels, the concierge awaits your return.

Stay tuned!

picts © nr 1 r. thaler
picts © nr 2 -3 m. teuwsen

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Ultental Valley farm run
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The hut Canziani at Lago Verde (2560 m)
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Salt Lake City?

With 22.000 bottles of wine a year, the vinery Abraham can’t really be considered one of the biggest in South Tyrol. But not everything is always as it seems.

Founded 10 years ago by the winemakers Marlies and Martin Abraham, they are now considered among the most innovative and most interesting viniculturalists in South Tyrol. Winemakers from near and far visit their vineyard in Appiano, to be convinced by their philosophy and their quality standards.

It all started like most clever ideas do: with a bottle of wine. After countless deliberations and wine tastings, Marlies and Martin decided to further their ambitious winemaking tradition.

After taking a small loan, they expanded their winecellar and stocked their first wines. Today, after ten years, the family holds still true to their values and continues to expand, step by step.

The repertoire of the vinery includes pinot bianco, gewuerztraminer, vernatsch, pinot nero and sauvignon. But don’t expect the usual characteristics od south Tyrolean wine behind these varieties. These wines are characterised by their complexity, elegance and persistence.

In and around Appiano grow high quality grapes in the chalk and porphyry hillsides. The Terroir in Appiano itself couldn’t be more different. The lowest vineyard can be found on 400 meters , while the highest lies 700 meters above sea level. Tempetature and climate couldn’t be more different, which can be seen in the wines.

Small, but high calibre, these words describe the winery Abraham perfectly. A winery that you should definitely be on the lookout for.

Stay tuned....

picts © nr 8 T. Saito

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Pemmern - Rittnerhorn - Barbian
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A hike from Meran 2000 t0 Kratzberger Lake
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