Wine Hotel in Alto Adige, Italy: wellness, sport: everything you can do in a Wine Resort
Why choose a wine hotel in South Tyrol for your vacation?
An awakening amidst the most beautiful peaks of the Alps, breakfasts full of homemade jams, wild berries, organic juices, and yoghurt made with malga milk (raw Alpine cow’s milk). Then trekking along the trails, e-bike tours, meditation with a view of the Dolomites and, at the end of the day, a wine tasting, preceded by a hay bath in a welcoming spa.
All this - and more - is what you can experience if you choose South Tyrol as your holiday destination.
Wine tourism in South Tyrol: the ideal vacation for wine lovers
What's more, if you are a wine enthusiast ( and South Tyrolean wines, both red and white, are really worth getting to know in depth) this region is one of the most renowned when it comes to wine resorts - accommodation with a wine theme. There is an embarrassment of riches to choose from: hotels, farmhouses, agritourisms and alberghi diffuse (scattered hospitality).
Here, then, is a shortlist of ten proposals that should be able to satisfy everyone, from singles to groups of friends and families, including animals.
What are Vinum Hotels?
In South Tyrol they talk about Vinum Hotels or Wine Resorts, mostly family-run establishments promoting wine culture and wine regions. Overlooking the vineyards, guided by oenologists or wine enthusiasts, they offer original experiences to savour and acquaint yourself with the great South Tyrolean wines.
Nature, relaxation, wellness, excellent cuisine and large wine goblets are the trump cards of these proposals.
The 10 best Wine hotels in Alto Adige Wine Route
Via San Zeno 13 39025 I-39025 Naturno (BZ)
Water spirits will love this hotel totally dedicated to water (but don't worry, there is also wine!). The five-star hotel in Naturno, not far from Merano, boasts a pool system that is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world: from the salt water infinity pool, 36°C all year round and 3% salt, on the fifth floor of the Spa Tower, with a view of the Ortles-Cevedale mountain range, to the infinity sports pool overlooking the tower which offers the sensation of throwing oneself into the void.
There is also a panoramic outdoor pool, connected to the hotel by a tunnel, with a temperature of 34°C all year round, and a summer outdoor pool with a sandy beach. There is also the relaxation pool, in summer, even for nudists, with water at 29°C. Then, a reminder of the Dolce Vita is the indoor pool design "The50th", a tribute to the fabulous 1950s thanks to its original setting. Wine lovers will appreciate the 400 or more labels offered by the hotel's wine cellar, with a special focus on South Tyrolean and Italian Rieslings.
Via Söll 33 | 39040 Termen, Alto Adige.
This is the realm for lovers of Gewürztraminer, which has been cultivated by the Dissertori family for 400 years and has been welcoming guests to the restaurant of the same name for over 200 years. It is set in Tramin on the Bassa Atesina wine route, not far from Lake Kaltern. The rows of vines surround a swimming pool equipped with a natural automatic filtration system, the only one so far in South Tyrol, which is why it has earned the title 'natural swimming pool', despite being artificially created.
The Plattenof restaurant then allows guests to dine in the traditional ambience of the stube, and here they can choose between pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, or delicious homemade schlutzkrapfen - mezzaluna ( crescent shaped) ravioli with spinach and ricotta filling.
Plars di Mezzo 25 · I-39022 Lagundo - Alto Adige
Wine, wellness and romance, and where else but in a castle? Plars Castle is an ancient manor house that encompasses a small boutique hotel, a gem of elegance with historic cellars, a dream terrace and a luxurious lounge. For wine lovers, Andreas Theiner, a lifelong castellan and winemaker, offers seminars, excursions and tastings to discover the best mountain wines. Irene Theiner, on the other hand, likes to surprise her guests every morning at breakfast with her sensational creations. In fact, the hostess organises 2-3 hour workshops where she teaches how to prepare a themed breakfast at home that will leave your friends speechless.
San Giuseppe al Lago, Strada del Vino, 30, 39052 Caldaro sulla strada del vino BZ, Italia
All the wellness you could wish for just a stone's throw from Lake Kaltern. This hotel focuses on an all-round wellness concept. It boasts a private lakeside beach, a Mediterranean park with a heated swimming pool, its own vineyard, the Moser winery, and even a home-brewed beer, the Mendelbier. At lunchtime, you can choose the energetic lunch buffet: fresh vegetables from the garden, a light salad with homemade herbs and dressings, homemade pasta specialities or South Tyrolean dumplings from the open kitchen. Visits to the winery are organised every week with cellarer Gerhard Sanin or host Franz Moser.
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Via S. Leonardo, 26, 39042 S. Andrea BZ, Italia
In the Isarco Valley, not far from Bressanone, you can sleep in the trees. Completely immersed in nature at 1300 metres above sea level, with culture, sport and wellness at your fingertips, everything is possible in the first and only tree hotel in South Tyrol. Wine, of course, is a must, both in the hotel's extensive restaurant menu and in the form of exclusive wine tastings. The Arboris Spa, then, is a true immersion in the colours and scents of the mountains, where everything is defined according to the products offered by the surrounding environment: from herbal teas to gourmet brunches to beauty products.
Try the 'forest bath', an immersion in the woods where all five senses are activated.
Vicolo San Felice, 2, 39020 Marlengo BZ, Italia
520 years of hospitality are more than a guarantee; they are the undisputed certainty of a holiday that pampers you. At this hotel in the vicinity of Merano, everything speaks of history - even the kitchen, which for three decades has been the realm of chef Werner Seidner, who together with his staff prepares excellent dishes inspired by the new South Tyrolean cuisine. The wine list is rich and prestigious, with South Tyrolean and Italian labels as well as wines from their own production (Tenuta Eichenstein).
The Amadea Spa is beautiful and elegant, but even more appealing are the proposals for wine enthusiasts: members of the Waldner family accompany guests through the vineyards and cellar; or visitors can opt for a themed tasting in the hotel's Vinarium; finally, a beautiful walk can be taken to the Waldner Alp at 1150 metres with a light Tyrolean meal or snack and, of course, accompanied by South Tyrolean wines.
Piazza Chiesa 9 - 39050 Fiè allo Sciliar - Alto Adige
Here excellent food, wellness and wine have found the best combination. The hotel is in Fiè allo Sciliar, not far from Lake Fiè and Europe's largest alpine pasture, and not forgetting the spectacular Dolomite peaks such as the Sciliar, Sassolungo and Sassopiatto at over 2,500 m.
The Hotel Turm has a breath-taking panorama at an altitude of 880 metres and also offers numerous cultural activities. The cuisine is one of its prides, thanks to the flair of chef Mathieu Domagala, a cuisine that is always precise and tasty, even gluten-free and lactose-free, as well as vegan if required. The wine list is also rich, with local wines dominating - starting with the family's own Grottnerhof estate - but also with interesting retrospectives on the entire European panorama. The wellness area boasts a black pool with a view of the Sciliar/Schlern mountain range, and the salt grotto and the mystical fire-keeper's sauna, where the ritual of the steam jet is practised, are also very atmospheric.
Vicolo Maier, 1, 39014 Postal BZ, Italia
This is a building dating back to 1952 in the Merano area, but which was completely renovated a few years ago by architect Stephan Marx. It now boasts 40 stunning suites, a boldly colourful bar and a clay wine cellar with over 400 wines. In summer, breakfast is a must on the terrace where freshly roasted coffee is served, and the kitchen too plays on the idea of inside-outside thanks to the large windows. The wellness area with a 21-metre heated pool is beautiful.
The hotel also offers the opportunity to visit eight wine cellars in the area, all of which are distinctive for their architecture. For the more experienced, there is also an experiential wine-tasting session with winemaker Florian Klotz Pertoll, who explains to participants every stage in the creation of a wine, from cultivation to bottling.
St.Stefano, 12, 39040 Villandro BZ, Italia I – 39050 San Genesio Alto Adige, Italia
Villandro, the village where this hotel is located, is a beautiful plateau overlooking the Dolomites and the Isarco Valley. It is in Italy's northernmost wine-growing area, and wine cannot but be the undisputed protagonist. In the Vinalpinum Spa, for example, the beneficial properties of grapes, a true panacea for body and soul, are utilised, while interesting, guided tours through the vineyards and wine cellars of the Eisack Valley allow visitors to appreciate the variety of South Tyrolean wine-growing. Lovers of active holidays, on the other hand, will be spoilt for choice with the many trekking possibilities and guided excursions on the trail of taste and flavour.
A few examples? The guided hike to one of Europe's most famous pilgrimage sites, the Holy Cross in Lazfons, and then to the Kasereck cheese dairy, where you can taste malga cheeses and South Tyrolean wines. Or go for a walk with Matthias, the owner's son, who will explain everything about the tradition of Törggelen, the grape crushing that takes place in autumn.
Piazza Chiesa 9 - 39050 Fiè allo Sciliar - Alto Adige
Very close to Bolzano, but located at an altitude of over 1,000 metres, this hotel has fully embraced the philosophy of eco-sustainability, so much so that it was built on the edge of a forest that is its green lung. Surrounded by the Salten plateau and the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the hotel lets you experience full contact with nature. The hotel swimming pool is located at the highest point, the rooftop, while the spa and sauna are at the lowest point - like a glass nest lying weightless among the trees.
The day is dedicated to yoga, meditation and shinrin yoku (‘forest baths’). Of course, there is also no shortage of alternatives for those who prefer to relax by taking an excursion with e-bikes or Haflinger horses. If you arrive by train instead of car, you get a 5 per cent discount and free access to all public transport. Of course, there is no trace of plastic among the materials used in the facility. The alternation of the seasons and its products also dictates the line-up of the menus, the preparation of which is entrusted to ancient techniques such as acidification, salting, drying and brine. In this wellness practice, wine is not lacking and there is a wide choice of labels from every corner of South Tyrol.
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