Hotel with wine cellar in Ciardes Val Venosta
The Landhotel Sand is a Vinum Hotel nestled amidst a unique and well-maintained original landscape: together the Ortler Alps, Texel Group Nature Park and Stelvio National Park form some breathtaking mountain scenery. Active holidaymakers will feel completely at home here, since the hotel is an ideal starting point for a relaxed hike through the vineyards or along the Waalweg trail to Juval Castle, which belongs to the celebrated mountain climber Reinhold Messner and has its own winery. There are also trails to the most beautiful alpine pastures and mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity, and climbers will simply love the nearby Val Venosta/Vinschgau. A member of the Ötzi Bike Academy, the Sand offers weekly training programs in bike technique, cycling packages and free use of city bikes.
Those seeking rest and relaxation will undoubtedly find it in the 10,000m2 forested park with natural bathing pond, swimming pool and many tranquil little corners. At dinner, hotel guests – including those with allergies and vegetarians – enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine built upon Mediterranean and local specialties. With over 2,000 sunshine hours a year, Val Venosta is one of South Tyrol’s most alluring destinations.
It is the dry, mild Alpine climate found here that allows Italian wine-growing to extend this far north. In addition, the dry-wall terraces typical for the region enable planting of vines on steep slopes. In the wine-growing municipality of Ciardes Val Venosta/Kastelbell-Tschars, elegant Pinot noir and fresh, fruity white wines such as Riesling or Pinot blanc thrive. All of Val Venosta’s wine producers are represented on the Landhotel Sand’s extensive wine list.
The hotel also offers wine enthusiasts a special wine-related program, if desired: Dinner in the hotel's own cellars with tasting; two days of travel by bus to the famous South Tyrolean winemakers, including winery tours and tastings; guided wine tours with a tasting of South Tyrolean specialties (wine, schnapps and whiskey); wine walks through the Val Venosta with winery visit and tasting; and weekly wine tastings in the hotel with Mr. Bernhart himself.