All about asparagus!

All about asparagus!

A toast to this fine vegetable and its noble accompaniment

Stroll past the colourful stalls of Bolzano’s fruit market in these days or stop off at one of the numerous local restaurants, and you are sure to notice these gleaming white spears: it’s high season for asparagus in Alto Adige! From the end of March to the end of May, this fine vegetable dominates the local gastronomy and inspires our creative chefs to dish it up, both in culinary classics and in new interpretations.

Its elegant appearance is a harbinger of its refined flavour: tender to the bite, mild and with a slightly bitter note, asparagus enriches the culinary side of spring in Alto Adige. The “asparagus triangle”, consisting of the villages of Terlano, Vilpiano and Settequerce, is particularly celebrated: here, white asparagus is cultivated under the “Margarethe” brand name, a brand owned by the Terlano Winery. So it stands to reason that, during the asparagus weeks, both these products of Terlano will be served together. But which is the ideal wine for asparagus? “Of course, the recommended wine can vary somewhat depending on the recipe”, says Rudi Kofler, winemaker at the Terlano Winery, “but tradition has it that Sauvignon Blanc is the classic wine to accompany asparagus in Alto Adige”.

Steady growth
This wine variety long ago found its way from France to Alto Adige, and the asparagus season sees a noticeable increase in its sales. But why is that so? Rudi Kofler explains its popularity: “The fruity and floral aromas of Sauvignon Blanc, which in my view should not be too intense, point to the fact that spring has started and thus also the asparagus season. The elegant structure of Sauvignon Blanc and its balanced, harmonious, fresh acidity make it the ideal companion for asparagus”.

Should you feel like trying this unbeatable combination for yourself, we recommend our region’s absolute classic: fresh asparagus served with Bolzano sauce. But, if you prefer another variation on the theme of asparagus, perhaps as an accompaniment to a meat dish, this is Rudi Kofler’s recommended wine pairing: “A Pinot Noir from Alto Adige goes wonderfully with a rack of lamb in a wild garlic crust and Margarethe asparagus from Terlano.”

Whichever way you decide to prepare asparagus, an accompanying wine from Alto Adige is sure to tickle your tastebuds. And, if you have none at home, browse the range offered by our winegrowers and order your favourite wine, conveniently and securely, direct from the producer.
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