Savour a break before the thrill of the last downhill of the day!

Wine & Ski Safari – delightful tours via snowy slopes & traditional ski huts in South Tyrol
Lifestyle and gastronomy in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site: a combination guaranteed to raise the spirits! From gourmet picnics provided by the huts to high-quality wine-tastings in high-altitude mountain refuges.
The VINUM Hotel wine bulletin for December seeks out the leading culinary events in the heart of the Dolomites, looking for authentic dishes, entertaining hosts and South Tyrol’s premium wines. The unique ambience of the South Tyrolean mountain huts – with their culinary heritage of time-honoured Austrian fare and Mediterranean specialities, and fantastic views from sunny terraces – makes them the perfect place to restore lost energy.

We have light-heartedly chosen a couple of original, welcoming winter hostelries that where possible feature an open fire but, most importantly, are just off the slopes to tempt you inside!
Once a snack bar for workers at the local power plant in the Ulten Valley, the “Steinrast” has long since evolved into the place for those in the know: salads, vegetables and fresh home-grown spices accompany roast game, speck, sausage and cheese specialities from the area. There is a legendary range of spirits and liqueurs, a fine wine list, and absolute silence. In winter it becomes a major port of call for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Tucked away in the upper reaches of the Schnals Valley, once an arena for duels between customs men and smugglers, the “Schöne Aussicht” offers views of glaciers, a Finnish open-air sauna and the tastiest range of dumplings far and wide. The hard-working chef always bakes the sponge base for his legendary tiramisù himself; while up here, in the ice and snow, the actor Tobias Moretti faced the merciless avenger from the film “The Dark Valley”.

The “Feltuner Hut” is located in the midst of a hiking area on the slopes of the Rittner Horn. Clad in its white mantle, the mountain offers plenty by way of ski tours, winter walks and snowshoe excursions. Here – in keeping with the long-standing South Tyrolean tradition of self-sufficient cooking – dumplings take centre stage: from simple speck dumplings to tangy black-bread and herb-pressed dumplings served on marinated beetroot with mountain cheese. The braised pork ribs with roast potatoes are also very tasty – the generous portions would feed a giant.

The “Rojen Ski Lodge” is meanwhile the sort of gem that can only be imagined in the Upper Vinschgau Valley, in the Rojen Valley itself: the old hut was built in 1932 from stone and buckshee timber by pioneers from the Reschen Ski Club, and in 2005 it received a wooden rear extension in simple, Romanesque style. The freshly-made goulash soup, with a few chives and a pleasant tang, is soooo good that you will not remember having a better. A perfect accompaniment is the smoky “Vinschgerle”, the traditional rye bread or “Bréatl”.
The VINUM Hotels wine bulletin for January:

For how long will a South Tyrolean wine keep? A brief journey back in time through the famous wine cellars of South Tyrol
Older vintages could formerly only be found in special establishments: but the best South Tyrolean winemakers knew all along that good vintages, the wines from the top locations, could be kept to a ripe old age. The exclusive wine bars of the VINUM Hotels of South Tyrol keep wines that have made the wine land of South Tyrol famous over the last 20 years.
The VINUM Hotels wine bulletin for January goes in search of these buried treasures, bottle-aged gems from deep underground – a brief journey back in time through the famous wine cellars of South Tyrol!