Food and wine in South Tyrol
Thanks to its combination of traditional South Tyrolean cuisine and Mediterranean gastronomy, the South Tyrolean cuisine is very varied. This unique mix of tradition and modernity will delight you not only in South Tyrol's Gourmet Restaurants, but also for example in mountain huts. The Alpine-Mediterranean variety of the South Tyrolean cuisine takes the best of two worlds and thus appeals to every palate. As an appetizer, you can enjoy South Tyrolean specialities such as dumplings, gnocchi or spetzle as well as Italian delicacies such as pasta, ravioli or risotto. The quality and origin of the ingredients play a major role in the preparation of the dishes, so ingredients such as eggs or bacon are often purchased from the farmer instead of the retailer.
The wines and the culinary highlights of South Tyrol
South Tyrol has gained a long tradition as a wine country and thanks to the unique concentration of top wines from wine-growing regions and wineries, wine-lovers will enjoy South Tyrol very much.
Every year from the beginning of October to the end of November typical inns and farm bars invite you to enjoy the traditional Törggelen. On this occasion, you can taste the young wine ("Nuier") as well as the sweet grape must ("Siaßer") and homemade regional specialities such as soups, Schlutzkrapfen (ravioli) and Schlachtplatte (meat platter) with Surfleisch (salt meat), sausages, dumplings and sauerkraut. To round off the traditional Törggele menu, sweet Krapfen pastries and roasted chestnuts ("Keschtn") are served. This culinary treat is often combined with a leisurely autumn hike through the colourful landscape of South Tyrol. The Törggelen period is very popular among locals and guests as well.
Another culinary highlight in South Tyrol is the asparagus season in spring. Terlano/Terlan, Vilpiano/Vilpian and Settequerce/Siebeneich are considered the major centres of the South Tyrolean asparagus production. In April and May tasty asparagus dishes are served in gourmet restaurants as well as in farmers' bars, accompanied by the typical asparagus wines Sauvignon or Pinot Blanc.
South Tyrol is the perfect place for a gourmet holiday. So convince yourself and book your vacation in South Tyrol today! Culinary variety and the finest gourmet delights await you!