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WINE, FOOD AND CULTURE: THE FAMOUS WINE ROAD IN SOUTH TYROL

Wine, food and culture: the famous Wine road in South Tyrol

 

Along the south Tyrol wine road to discover the exquisite Italian white wines, ancient villages and impressive castles

Itinerary: Bolzano, Andriano, Appiano, Caldaro, Termeno, Egna, Salorno, Ora, Vade
Wine, food and culture: the famous Wine road in South Tyrol
The South Tyrolean wine road (Pic n°2) meanders across rolling vineyards and green fruit orchards, ancient villages full of atmosphere and impressive castles. Expressly designed for wine enthusiasts, this itinerary leads to discovering (and tasting) some of the most excellent Italian white wines.

The upper valley of Adige is famous for the production of some of the most exquisite Italian white wines, like Gewürztraminer and Muller Thurgau (Pic n°4). Silvaner, Veltliner, and Kernel are less known but much appreciated by wine connoisseurs. Among its red wines, Schiava and Lagrein surely deserve a mention. The local cuisine is famous as well. Canederli (a kind of spiced bread dumplings), speck (local smoked ham), and strudel, a type of layered pastry with a filling of baked apples and pine nuts, are South Tirol (Alto Adige) most well-known dishes.

The best way to discover this charming area of Italy is by traveling a circular route by your car or by your motorcycle. As this itinerary almost always goes through the valley floor, steep stretches are few so, traveling by bicycle also could be an option.

From Bolzano, your road will lead you to Merano and then you will reach Andriano, where there is the oldest wine cellar of Alto Adige, called "Andrian" (Pic n°3). Then, move on to Riva Di Sotto. Drive past Riva and reach Appiano. Thanks to its many wine cellars, Appiano is a perfect place to visit for wine lovers. So, have a stop here and taste their food and excellent wine production.

When your visit is over, go back and continue on your way in the direction of Egna. The road twists and turns through eye-catching landscapes with the small but enchanting lake of Caldaro in the distance.

Stop first in Termeno (Pic n°1), the landmark of Gewürztraminer, a picturesque ancient village that certainly worth a visit. Explore Termeno walking through its narrow streets full of charm and silence. Admire its ancient buildings with arched stone doors and colorful façades. Have a look at Termeno bell tower, the highest in South Tirol.

From Termeno, drive to Egna (Pic n°5). Egna is a beautiful Medieval village famous for its porticos and its markets. From Egna, keep on driving to Salorno, a noble, ancient town famous for its splendid Renaissance and Baroque-style buildings. Once visited Salorno, your next stop can be at Ora, where the impressive edifice of Castelvedere Castle (Pic n°6) overlooks the valley, and then have a stop at Vadena, where there is the famous Wine Cellar Laimburg. When you have tasted all the wines products of the area you can leave and reach Bolzano where your wine tour will come to end.

(Tip: if you're going to taste all the wines produced here and stopping in all the villages described, it's better you bring a friend/wife who can drive! ;-) ) Starting and ending points: Bolzano
Length of the tour: 134 km

Some pictures along this Wine Road:

The ancient village of Termeno (pic n°1); The Wine road in South Tyrol (pic n°2); The oldest wine cellar of Alto Adige (pic n°3); Bottles of Muller Thurgau wine (pic n°4); The Medieval village of Egna (pic n°5); Castelvedere Castle (pic n°6);

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Tour: Wine, food and culture: the famous Wine road in South Tyrol

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Region: Trentino A.A.(South Tirol) , Italy

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