Discover South Tyrol’s Dining Scene

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Sun, snow and the dolce vita on the slopes of South Tyrol

South Tyrol, Italy’s most northerly region is set amongst the jaw-droppingly beautiful mountains of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dolomites. It boasts some of the best ski and snow sport runs in the world, add to this 300 days of sunshine a year and a snow guarantee from December to April, and it really is the place to be for discerning snow enthusiasts. However, it’s not just the snow and landscape that makes visiting worthwhile.

South Tyrol’s joint Alpine and Mediterranean cultural heritages influence everything from the region’s food and wine, to its spa tradition – all adding to its eclectic and unique nature. With only 1% of its visitors coming from the UK, South Tyrol is a secret ski spot waiting to be discovered, and the perfect place to avoid crowded slopes.


The dolce vita taste

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The South Tyrol life tastes sweet on and off the slopes. Come together under the majestic peaks and let your taste buds explore a foodie fusion of Alpine comforts and Mediterranean soul. South Tyrol, nestled in a privileged Italian location in the heart of the Dolomites, is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but a world of its own.

The cuisine, much like the place itself, is the perfect mix of Austrian and Italian influences. Soak up 300 days of sun a year and explore the perfect pistes, followed by an Après-ski experience like no other.


What to eat  

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This region is famous for more than just its apples, wine and smoked ham. Each dish is a diverse reflection of the location, with awarded chefs that drive the local food scene. From farmhouse inns and rustic Alpine slope huts to Michelin-star restaurants perched high atop the peaks, its distinct taste will never disappoint.


What to drink
The locals love their traditional foaming mugs of ale and refreshing Hugo aperitifs, but you can also sip on some of Italy’s finest wines from the fairytale vineyards that dot the valley in the region.

South Tyrolean wineshave earned not only a good reputation but numerous awards throughout the world. From aromatic, spicy reds to white vanilla bouquets, every note will inspire your senses.


Gourmet guide: top 5 restaurants
Oberholz hut: dinner and a 360° view
This contemporary architectural delight in Eggental sits 2,096m above sea level. With panoramic windows opening onto South Tyrol’s soul, you can indulge in sophisticated specialties and an assortment of fine vintage wines.

2 Sofie hut: a little taste of heaven
This legendary hut in Gröden sits atop the Seceda mountain and overlooks a patchwork of wooden houses, meadows and orchards below. With more than 300 labels in their wine cellar and a menu of South Tyrolean delicacies, it’s the perfect retreat after a long day of runs.

3 The Gostner Schwaige: home-grown hospitality
The secret to this restaurant in Seiser Alm, is that every meal was made from the meadow. That means that the signature South Tyrol flavours come directly from the pastures onto your plate; where ingredients are naturally produced, picked and turned into homey meals by the family that started the farm 500 years ago.

4 Piz Boè Alpine Lounge: take a time-out where time stops
Enjoy breathtaking views at the upper station of the Boè cable car in Alta Badia. This exclusive hut offers up an unforgettable wine-and-dine experience, where skiers take a moment to admire the mountainous expanse that stretches across the Dolomites and Alps.

5 Bellavista hut: A quiet mountain refuge
Encircled by the high peaks of the Schnalstal, this quiet spot offers skiers the opportunity to slow down and revel in the silence. This restaurant encapsulates the South Tyrol spirit and is a sanctuary for skiers looking to enjoy authentic cuisine like Knödels or a signature apple strudel.

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