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South Tyrolean Wine Route

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m 500 400 300 200 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 km Kellerei Kaltern mit Winecenter Weingut Elena Walch Kalterer See Weingut Pfitscher Kellerei Tramin Brunnenhof Mazzon Kellerei Nals Margreid
Interesting and delightful discovery tour through 16 South Tyrolean wine-growing communities
moderate
Distance 86.7 km
4:36 h
840 m
877 m
437 m
208 m
Our tour takes us along the South Tyrolean Wine Road, La Strada del Vino dell 'Alto Adige. It was already founded in 1964 and is thus one of the oldest wine roads in Italy.

On our way we discover the unique cultural landscape between Bolzano, Appiano and Salurn. Whether in the valley, on the mountain slopes or around the provincial capital of Bolzano - South Tyrol's south is characterised by winegrowing. The region is especially known for the three original grape varieties Gewürztraminer, Vernatsch and Langrein. Gewürztraminer, a dry white wine from the wine village of Tramin on the South Tyrolean Wine Road, has conquered the whole world from here and impresses with its spicy, aromatic and pleasant taste. Vernatsch is a typical and the most widespread grape variety in the region. The light ruby red, slightly dry and fruity wine is very mild and digestible due to its low acidity and minimal tannins. The third in the bunch is Lagrein, a dark garnet-red, dry, strong and full-bodied wine that tastes slightly of violets.

On our route we pass the 16 wine-growing communities of the South Tyrolean Wine Road, where traditional but also contemporary cellar cooperatives, private wineries, wine estates, self-marketing winegrowers and winegrowers line up. Especially for wine lovers, there is much to see in the authentic and charming area full of cellars, nooks, hills and slopes. For them, it is also worth visiting one of the numerous events or diverse wine experiences, where they can taste the region s diverse wines in convivial company.  

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
437 m
Lowest point
208 m
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The tour can alternatively be done by car  

Start

Bolzano train station (264 m)
Coordinates:
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46.496926, 11.358235
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46°29'48.9"N 11°21'29.6"E
UTM
32T 680959 5151963
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Destination

Pfatten

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our tour at the train station in Bolzano. We pass Maretsch Castle and the Old Griesner Parish Church and continue via Siebeneich to Terlan. Our ride continues on the main road to Vilpian. There we cross the railway track in a south-westerly direction and reach Nals. In Nals we admire the extraordinary architecture of the Winery Nals Margreid, which won an award at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

We continue via Andrian, St. Pauls and St. Michael to Kaltern. In the Winecenter Kaltern we can taste the in-house wines and buy fine South Tyrolean specialities. We continue to Kalterer See, where we stay for some time and enjoy the beautiful landscape. We continue to Tramin, where the Genossenschaftskellerei Tramin, founded by Christian Schott in 1898, catches the eye with its green, filigree exterior. In the middle of the large village square in a stately building from the 16th century is also the Winery J. Hofstätter. Only a few metres away we find another Traminer winery: the Winery of Elena Walch. Here, wines are produced that are among the elite of Italian wine production and are also internationally renowned.

Through Kurtatsch and Margreid we reach Kurtinig and Salurn, the southernmost town on our tour. Here it is worth making a detour to the winery at the Salurner Klause. In fine weather, the cosy terrace invites you to enjoy an original Tyrolean Brettljause (snack) with bacon, sausage and cheese from our own production. Drive along the Etsch river in a northerly direction to Neumarkt. Here you will find the Brunnenhof Mazzon, a traditional wine farm on whose slopes the noble Pinot Noir ripens. Via Villner Straße we reach Montan and the Winery Pfitscher, from whose production a large number of award-winning wines have already emerged.

On the main road we drive via Auer to Branzoll, where one of the most beautiful church squares in South Tyrol awaits us. Over the new Pfattner bridge we reach the destination of our tour, the agricultural village of Pfatten.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • Outward journey: You can reach the starting point of the tour by train (Bolzano railway station).
  • Return: From the finishing point of the tour in Pfatten, you can either take the train from nearby Branzoll back to Bolzano or cycle back to Bolzano from there (approx. 12 km). There is a connection to long-distance transport at the railway station in Bolzano.

Getting there

Take the A22 (Brennero motorway) to the Bolzano Nord exit, take the SS12 to the roundabout, leave it at the second exit, take the SS22 and the Rittner road to the railway station.

Parking

Paid parking garage near the station (costs depend on parking duration; for the whole day, the parking space costs approx. 20 €).

Coordinates

DD
46.496926, 11.358235
DMS
46°29'48.9"N 11°21'29.6"E
UTM
32T 680959 5151963
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
86.7 km
Duration
4:36 h
Ascent
840 m
Descent
877 m
Highest point
437 m
Lowest point
208 m
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