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Venosta Valley – The Valley of Small-Scale Wine Producers

The Lower Venosta Valley as far as Silandro/Schlanders is characterized by wine cultivation. Picturesque pergolas stretch across the entire face of the Sun Mountain (Monte Sole mountain). The area has a very low rainfall and is therefore ideal for producing wine. Due to the high temperature and altitude changes, it is also possible to grow many different varietals. The sunny and sloping vineyards are particularly suitable for white wines. The often rewarded Riesling is pressed in the Vinschgau, which is also fertile ground for the Weissburgunder (Pino bianco) and Blauburgunder (Pino nero) grapes, as well as South Tyrolean indigenous wines such as Vernatsch (Schiava), Gewuerztraminer (Moscato giallo) and Fraueler.

Compared to other regions, wine growing in Venosta Valley is characterized by small-scale wineries and not by large cooperatives. Castelbello/Kastelbell, Laces/Latsch and Silandro/Schlanders with their 35 hectares of vineyards are known as DOC areas, and produce highly regarded top-quality wines and magnificent liquors.
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Traditional farmer's markets have been held weekly without interruption for many centuries in Venosta Valley. Today, they offer high-quality regional products and crafts.
 
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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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Venosta Valley is the largest dry valley in the Alps, with less than 500mm of rainfall per year and being characterized by sunny days and cool winds at night.
 
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The recipes of the varied local Venosta cuisine run from traditional antipasti and appetizers focused on buckwheat or potatoes to hearty main dishes such as freshwater fish, game stew, lamb and fawn.
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.