The wait is becoming more hectic for wine lovers and industry engineers: the Merano Wine Festival is starting gates and then ready, attention away from 9 al 12 November 2012 the mecca of wine opens its doors. This International Festival takes place in Merano in a beautiful frame made from the Majesty of the Alps an austere, now already whitewashed and gently by the richness of the palaces of the Center – a miniature Vienna – legacy of a great empire that was.
So next week will begin the 21st edition of the Merano Wine Festival (MWF) designed and maintained by Helmuth Köcher. It is one of the most exclusive events in the industry: a celebration of the best of national and international wine production, built in the majestic halls of the Kurhaus, an elegant Art Nouveau building in the heart of the city. Nine committees of taste have selected not only the best wines from over 300 wineries in Italy and beyond 120 of Bulgaria, Germany, France, Croatia, New Zealand, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa and United States but even the best productions of over 100 master craftsmen.
This year, as is already the case for some time, the MWF is not just wine and besides bio&Dynamica, with the excellent organic wine, There will be natural and biodynamic Cuisine, the Artisans of taste that offer the best raw materials in their territory; Beerpassion, a showcase of the particular flavors of beer; Gourmetarena, a road show of talented chefs, In short, a "ring" reserved for world-class cuisine. I recommend you get there early in the morning to get to admire the Majesty of the Kurhaus with little people and then to turn more easily among the "rows" of producers ' Banquet.
Just enter let go jackets, coats, Bailey to wardrobe, make sure your glass to hang around your neck and start to the various tasting, passing from one region to another, from one country to another and even from one continent to another: In short, around the world in one cup! You will have the opportunity to know among other things the producers of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, historic vintages to taste of Italian wines, to discover young rising wine reality and little-known territories of the five continents, tasting, here and there, curious BRIDG.
Can not go unnoticed that the 21st edition will be remembered for the prestigious tasting calendar that proposes terroirs and vintages of exception and the proceeds will go to victims of the earthquake in L'Aquila and in Emilia. Ian John D'agata is the Coordinator, responsible for Italy of the International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, Editor for Le Figaro, Regional Chairman for Decanter WWA. You will easily seduced by inviting busy tasting program: They range from an extraordinary portrait of Masseto vintages 1995 – 1998 – 2001 – 2002 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008 – 2009 led by the young Luca Gardini, best sommelier in Italy, in Europe and the world, amaze and excite as that is his usual. Masseto, is one of the most popular wines in the world, only seven hectares of vine in a hill, Thanks to the particular climatic conditions, allowed the Merlot to speak in full force.
You can then consider a world first the Roman Amarone From vertical Oven proposed vintages 1990 – 1993 – 1996 – 2000 – 2003. It will be the producer telling five vintages of a wine that you can really consider a nectar: by 100 kilos of grapes can only 15 litres of Amarone.
Obviously there will be room for the bubbles and Giulio Ferrari is the protagonist. Dom Perignon-Giulio Ferrari 1-1: a great challenge that has wowed audiences in past years. The Julius has become a national icon of Made in Italy, It is a sparkling wine that has nothing to envy to the French cousins, made with carefully selected Chardonnay grapes harvested in the vineyards of Maso Pianizza, a clearing in the middle of a forest to the ideal height 500-600 m. A Cru is able to win the challenge against the clock, all living in Magnum vertical Giulio Ferrari will start from vintage 1987.
Exceptional wine tasting Berncasteler company's Doctor Dr. Wwe. Thanish (Germany), considered by experts (Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker) one of 10 The most important cru in the world. Seven vintages tasting of Doctor Berncasteler riesling auslese: 1959 – 1964 – 1971 – 1990 – 1996 – 2001 – 2010. The tasting will be co-chaired by Ian D'agata, Janna Rjipma journalist Barbara Rundquist-Muller, owner. It continues with the Riesling from Grand Cru Rangen and Brand of France and Germany. The Rangen, volcanic soil between the 330-480 metri s.l.m., is considered to be the best site of Alsace to the vine, The brand produces wines from biodynamic organic grape sought by collectors all over the world.
Here's, the choice is yours! Have fun!
Well Meran is not only synonymous with all-round wine. The MWF cannot be a valid excuse to take advantage of a fall weekend for South Tyrol and Tyrolean spirit. The wine lovers in fact will undoubtedly fascinated not only by the architectural and artistic wealth of the city but also from the many sports that you can practice – from bike tours, walk, on horseback, skiing. Wellness fans also will find here bread for their teeth. In fact, at the end of the 19th century Meran has become an important spa town and now this tradition continues and is well represented from the famous terme di Merano, an oasis of peace and prosperity where the watchword is pampering yourself. And then not only Spa but there are also innovative SPA in the beautiful hotels in the area – excellent price/quality ratio – marrying even the cause of sustainability, very dear to mitteleuropa. An example is the revolutionary Hotel Vigilius Lana, an ecoresort in 1500 Mt above sea level, accessible only by cable car. It is the right place to disconnect from the daily frenzy, Here everything is inspired by nature and is automatic surrender to the tranquility of the mountains pampered by warmth of authentic materials such as wood, the clay and flax with stunning views over Merano and the Dolomites.
To Meran there is also space for the true foodies. After a day devoted to wine there will be time to test the local cuisine in one of the temples of gourmet food and also to get to know the typical products from While South Tirol, a jeweller of taste, a small supermarket, located a stone's throw from the main entrance of the MWF, where the watchword is quality in the Tyrolean "salsa". Here you can go shopping for cheese, speck, wine and beautiful seasonal vegetables, all "km 0" or sit down to taste a rich platter of cold cuts accompanied by a good wine, obviously from South Tyrol.
Not far there is the Sketch, the cool bar of hotel Aurora, where the drink is more dynamic, soft lighting and music lounge frame with finger food and colorful masterfully prepared cocktails.
And for dinner, there is plenty of choice, in fact, Merano (and surroundings) is perhaps one of the towns in Italy with the highest concentration of starred restaurants as the Central Salah and the Trenkerstube of Tyrol. People who want to make a dozen kilometres in the car, crossing the hills thick with vineyards from the many steeples, can choose between the mythical Rose in eppan Zür where a welcome will be patron Herbert Hintern and between Zum Löwen in Tesimo. This restaurant is perhaps the youngest of all but it has nothing to envy to his fellow star. Amazing, the entrance leaves a Cliffhanger: the restaurant is located right in the heart of the country and from the façade nothing suggests to find an elegant setting where modern and rustic are complementary. Magic atmosphere which will be sealed by a great Hugo to start with some very delicious snack.
Those who had wanted a more easy dinner solution is the historic beer Forst, in the land of the forest, a few kilometres from Merano. Here you can have a taste of true South Tyrolean culture delicious Bacon and bretzl rather than Shin and potatoes.
So it only remains to say Prosit.