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The Granary of Tyrol

The Granary of the Tyrol

From "Urpaarl" to Today’s Bread in Venosta Valley

The Upper Venosta Valley was once known as the "granary of Tyrol". During the 20th century, fruit orchards replaced grain cultivation, but the increasing demand for ecological and organic food brought back the regional grain. The main crops are wheat, rye, spelt and buckwheat, also known as Schwarzplent (“near-polenta“) in South Tyrol. A major buyer of the local grain is PUNI in Glorenza/Glurns, the first and only whiskey distillery in Italy.

The local "Vinschger Paarl", made of regional wheat and rye enjoys particular popularity. Its ancestor, the "Ur-Paarl" was invented 800 years ago by the Benedictine monks of the Monte Maria monastery and is still produced and sold today.
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Efficiency and durability of food has always been of major importance for the inhabitants of the Alps, and to have sufficient provisions for the winter was vital.
 
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A characteristic feature of the South Tyrolean valleys is the growing of fruit and the making of wine. The moderate climate of the valleys offers ideal growing conditions.
 
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Tips for planning your holiday: maps.vinschgau.net
 
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Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.