4) The people behind the specialities
What would the many excellent specialities be without their producers, hut keepers and farmers? Such key contributions should not be taken for granted:
For example, organic farmer Lukas from the Valentinhof farm
in Merano. He cultivates such a rich assortment of pome, stone and berry fruits in addition to vegetables and herbs that his organic farm shop could easily pass as a small vegetable supermarket. After shopping, you can drink coffee and eat homemade cakes at the Valentinhof farm while the kids play in the garden with Fetti, the domesticated pig, or Valentin and Valentina, the farm’s miniature pigs.
We shouldn’t neglect to mention Jakob Haller
and his special cooking concepts ‘#amaulvoll’ and ‘trash cooking.’ This young chef does everything himself, from cultivation to the finished product. He offers catering, organises courses and opens a pop-up restaurant here and there. From products that would normally end up in the waste, such as fish scales, cauliflower leaves or bull penis (yes, you read that right, bull penis), he creates extraordinary and absolutely delicious dishes.
Last but not least is star chef Anna Matscher,
who was a trained masseuse and only started cooking after a career change. Today, she has a Michelin star and conjures up gourmet dishes for her guests in the restaurant "Zum Löwen" inn in Tesimo/Tisens.
5) Hiking and Enjoyment
There are many trails for real gourmets around Merano. The WineCulturePath Marlengo
leads past vineyards that are beautifully situated in the countryside. The wineries cordially invite guests to stop in for a tasting. The Via Vinum Venostis
in the Vinschgau valley also leads past farms and vineyards.
Along the many Waalweg
canal trails around Merano, you can meander through both apple and vineyard areas. In autumn, you can enjoy the glow of the golden yellow leaves and also meet the farmers during harvest.
If you’re keen to get to know even more South Tyrolean locals, pay close attention to the Real Quality in the Mountains
seal of quality when hiking in the mountains of South Tyrolean. Hut keepers with this special designation only serve dishes made exclusively from regional products. They also like to have a chat with their guests! You will find the most beautiful hiking tips and the best hut tips here.