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All Roads Lead to Wine

On the Go through Alto Adige’s Grapevines

Anyone who wants to experience the wine culture of Alto Adige up close and personal has several paths available – in the truest sense of the word. The entire province is crisscrossed by hiking trails and instructional paths through vineyards leading to the places of origin of the finest fruit of the vine. And it is not just the sight of the vineyards that is to be enjoyed. The pleasures of the palate are never far behind: the wines from the area can be tasted at cozy rest stops and directly at the wineries.

But even without stopping to taste, Alto Adige’s vineyard paths are worth an excursion. Amid buzzing honeybees, rich green grape leaves, and juicy, ripe grapes, they are the perfect lovely place to relax, stroll, and enjoy the landscape.

Cortaccia Instructional Wine Trail

With the instructional wine trails, both the province of Alto Adige and Alto Adige wine can be discovered either on your own or with the assistance of people who are familiar both with the particular location and its wine. Every Wednesday in the spring, summer, and autumn, for example, there is a guided “scents and tastes hike” on the Cortaccia Instructional Wine Trail on which both wine connoisseurs and those interested in winegrowing can hear and see more about the history of the winegrowing region and taste the typical wines of the Bassa Atesina.
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“Gschleier Path” Instructional Nature and Wine Trail in Cornaiano

There are around a hundred different species of plants that may make a hiker stop on the Cornaiano Instructional Nature and Wine Trail to marvel at the flowers, shrubs and grasses and smell them. And the culture of Alto Adige winegrowing accompanies this excursion into the vineyards around Cornaiano. Renovated dry stone walls, different grape varieties, the work in the wineries, and the people amidst their devotion to wine draw the hiker’s attention along the path.
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Caldaro Wine Trail

The Piazza Rottenburger in Caldaro is the starting point for the Caldaro Wine Trail, which runs like a loop around the Oltradige winegrowing village of Caldaro. In Alto Adige’s second-largest winegrowing community, one becomes properly aware of the wealth and variety of Alto Adige wine. The individual vineyards with names derived from the Rhaeto-Romanic origins such as “Vial”, “Prunar”, “Puntara”, and “Palurisch”, which have been immortalized on the lime-white thresholds, bear witness to a lengthy tradition and a flourishing history.
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Terlano Wine Trail

The winegrowing communities of Terlano, Andriano, Settequerce, and Vilpiano along the Terlano Wine Trail have much to tell, because this is where Alto Adige’s first winery cooperatives were formed more than 120 years ago. Guided hikes are available from August to October, with knowledgeable guides providing interesting information on history, the individual vineyards, grape varieties, growth training systems, and the old manors around Terlano.
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Lagundo Instructional Wine Trail

The Wasserwaale channels are the oldest irrigation systems in the vineyards and orchards. With the onset of industrialization, though, more technically advanced methods were invented, which is why these days, these channels can be excellently used as a guide system for hiking trails. One of these “channel hiking trails” that are found primarily around Merano is the Lagundo Instructional Wine Trail.
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Chiusa Wine Trail

The Chiusa Wine Trail provides a view into the history of winegrowing, taking as its central theme the grape varieties of the Isarco Valley and the particular locations. The Chiusa Wine Trail leads from the municipal swimming pool past the district of Leitach through the picturesque vineyards of the Isarco Valley, where numerous information boards provide interesting facts about work in the vineyard and the plants and animals that inhabit the vineyards and surroundings.
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Castel Sallegg Wine Trail

“Good wine is born in the vineyard” – an often quoted truth that is more relevant today than ever before. Why that is so and what happens in the vineyard is illustrated by the Wine Trail at Castel Sallegg in Kaltern. Information boards located in the midst of the vine rows explain all about the South Tyrolean grape varieties and their characteristics, the annual vegetation cycle of the vines, the history of wine growing as well as the relevant aspects of the climate, geography and the terroir.
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WineCulturePath Marlengo

Marling and wine has of course been a part of life in Marling ever since it was introduced to the area several hundred years ago. Evidence is everywhere to be found: for example, records exist from the 12th century relating to wine duties [the wine tithe]. Another example: the irrigation canal with the typical “Waalweg” path that runs from Töll to Marling, dates back to 1756 and was built by the Carthusian monks of the Senales Valley as access to their wine estate in Marlengo.
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Via Vinum Venostis - Val Venosta wine route

On the Val Venosta wine route hikers can enjoy an insightful and pleasurable tour throughout the year. For long distances the wine route follows the rogge, which were originally built as artificial irrigation channels. At times, it runs past farms or crosses private property and vineyards.
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