4 insider tips for wine enthusiasts and sports fans

Wine and sports: do they even go together? What a question - of course! We have four insider tips for an active holiday in South Tyrol's vineyards. And for those of you who prefer the woods, let's go bathing in them! And just as it should be, we have selected the right wine accompaniment for every activity.

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On the "Keschntweg" - Chestnut Path to Säben Monastery

"The Eisack Valley "Keschtnweg" is an all year-round experience", according to the host, Stefan from Vinum Hotel Feldthurnerhof in Feldthurns: "It is a genuine highlight not only in autumn during the chestnut season, but now in spring too". Starting directly at Feldthurnerhof, the path leads you through colourful mixed forests, lush green meadows, imposing chestnut groves and steep vineyards where the best Eisack Valley white wines are produced. When you arrive at your destination, the historic Säben Monastery, enjoy a magnificent view of the picturesque town of Klausen. "And on your return to Feldthurnerhof, you can enjoy a glass of spicy Eisack Valley Kerner to toast your experience", promises Stefan.


Storm the summit of Peitlerkofel

Our host Helmut from the Vinum Hotel Taubers Unterwirt in Feldthurns recommends a more demanding tour. "Peitlerkofel, towering boldly into the sky above the ridge of the Lüsen Valley is one of the most beautiful and panoramic mountains in the Dolomites. The ascent up the south side of the mountain is a rewarding must for every mountain enthusiast," says Helmut, an avid hiker himself. On the way back, you will stop by at one of the numerous alpine huts below Peitlerkofel and in true South Tyrolean tradition, cut into a piece of South Tyrolean Speck PGI and drink a refreshingly fruity glass of Vernatsch!


Forest bathing in Jenesien

Hedwig and Nadja from the Vinum Hotel Tschöggelbergerhof have been dedicating themselves to the topic of forest bathing for about a year now and have completed their own training as forest bathing trainers. "Forest bathing is a practice from Japan that makes it easier for us to immerse ourselves in the wonder of nature through our five senses," explains Hedwig: "We carefully move through the forest, enjoying trees, shrubs, mosses to the fullest and in complete awareness". Forest bathing has a wonderful effect on the body, mind and soul. It demonstrably reduces stress, strengthens the heart and immune system, eases mood swings and sleep disorders and promotes relaxation and concentration. Normally, you end the forest bathing ceremony with a cup of tea - will Hedwig do it with a glass of your favourite wine, a blend of Lagrein and Merlot? Allow yourself to be surprised.


A pleasurable cycling tour along the Via Claudia Augusta

Our host Peter from the Vinum Hotel Wilma in Nals recommends a cycle tour through blossoming apple orchards and vineyards: "This gourmet tour follows the Via Claudia Augusta from Nals to Andrian. Continues past vineyards to Terlan and along the Etsch Valley cycle path to Lana. We return on the apple cycle path through blossoming orchards to Nals", explains Peter: "And in the evening, I will welcome you into my treasure chamber: my wine cellar - here we treat ourselves to a full-bodied Rosenmuskateller from the village of roses, Nals". And if you're lucky, Peter will also divulge the secrets of the Tyrolean wine knightage of which he is a member. It couldn't be more exclusive!