The largest international wine festival in Italy in Merano, a weekend in Vinschgau with the best Rieslings in the world and a comprehensive presentation of interesting autochthonous wines in Bolzano await wine lovers every year in October and November in South Tyrol.
Stuart Pigott has already travelled the world when it comes to Riesling. "But," was his statement at the Riesling tasting he commented on in Naturno, "an event like the one put on this weekend in South Tyrol, where just 33.40 hectares (0.65% of the total vineyard area) are planted with Riesling, is something I have yet to experience in any of the famous Riesling-growing regions. Not in the Rheingau, not in the Mosel, and not in Alsace or the Wachau." More than 100 Rieslings, among them the best in the world from the mentioned growing areas (F.X. Pichler, Heymann-Löwenstein, Peter-Jakob Kühn, Zind Humbrecht and many more) as well as exotics from countries like Luxemburg and even from the Netherlands could be tasted. The whole thing is organized in almost exclusively honorary work by some South Tyrolean wine maniacs.