Wine walks in Alto Adige

Wine walks in Alto Adige

The finest routes for all kinds of walkers

Its soaring mountain peaks, sunny pastures and extensive valleys make the unique landscape of Alto Adige a delight for anyone who is fond of hiking. With its immense cultural heritage and a wine tradition spanning over 3,000 years, Alto Adige stands as a sought-after destination for wine walks. Whether accompanied by a guide or on your own, these wine trails are ideal for gaining a comprehensive insight into Italy's smallest winegrowing region.

For the leisurely
Stretching only 2 km in length and with an elevation of 43 m, the San Paolo-Appiano wine trail is undemanding and pleasant. The area’s favourable climate has positively impacted the growing of grapes for centuries. Pinot Blanc vines were first planted on a steep slope in 1899 – a legacy that endures to this day.

For the athletically inclined
In the heart of a picturesque hillside landscape, the Santa Maddalena wine trail offers the opportunity to explore both the local wine - named after it and made from native Schiava grapes - and its origins. The trail starts in the city and extends for 16 km. With an elevation of 690 m, it can be classified as a moderately difficult hike – but one that rewards you with breathtaking views of wine estates and steeply rising vineyards.

For those in a hurry
With a total walking time of some 40 minutes and a length of 1.5 km, the nature and wine trail in Cornaiano gives visitors a quickfire close-up of winegrowing and the various grape varieties. There are also fine panoramic views of Bolzano and of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For aesthetes
The Caldaro wine trail, at Lake Caldaro, traverses through 18 km of splendid vineyards, majestic wine estates and unique views and introduces you to the beauties of this renowned winegrowing area – sometimes in a poetic manner. Along the way, limestone-white markers indicate the borders of old vineyards and their lyrical-sounding names.

For culture seekers
The Gewürztraminer Trail – a 3.5 km walk through the area where one of Alto Adige’s most aromatic wine varieties is grown – runs through the hills around the village of Termeno. Idyllic spots, along with artistic and cultural objects, invite you to admire the view and gain more knowledge in the local wine traditions.

For Pinot Nero enthusiasts
Starting at the villages of Ora, Montagna or Egna, the Pinot Noir Trail leads you through Italy's best locations for this grape variety. It covers 14 km and passes through historical and cultural worth seeing places. Information panels and interactive stations illustrate this unique winegrowing region and its history.

For white wine lovers
Some of Alto Adige’s finest white wines come from the village of Terlano. To learn more about the world of whites, take a walk through the well-tended vineyard landscape on the Terlano Wine Trail. A 3.4-km g route, that offers interesting information about grape varieties, cultivation types and the attention they need.
© Photos: IDM Südtirol-Alto Adige/Benjamin Pfitscher
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