If you follow me on Instagram you might already know that we had an amazing family weekend filled with some great food, wine, and those breathtaking landscapes that one can find only in Trentino Alto Adige.
As we finally started traveling again, we decided to spend some time discovering our beautiful country. And we could not choose a better destination than the mountains.
But let’s start from the very beginning: we decided to leave on Friday morning in order to head to our accommodation Maso Kraidlhof in Cortaccia, along the wine route. A maso is a traditional type of housing from this region. Our beautiful maso was surrounded by apple trees and vineyards; the perfect location for a family to enjoy their free time by the bio pool filled with purified water coming straight from the source, while enjoying the view of the Dolomites.
We stopped for a lovely lunch at Trattoria Vecchia Sorni, a beautiful restaurant facing the valley. During the evening, instead, we decided to take a walk from our maso and to try the nearby agriturismo Santlhof.
Saturday was a beautiful and sunny day, so we decided to spend our morning discovering some more information about the local wine production. Our first stop was the Tramin Kellerei cellar, founded in 1898 by Christian Schrott, priest of Termeno and deputy of the Austrian Parlament. This cellar combines the grapes harvested by 290 products who are part of the cellar itself.
We had the opportunity to visit the new location which opened its doors in 2010, and to fully dive into those values of rigor, dedication, trust and creativity on which the cellar’s working philosophy is based, thanks to a combination of past and future, wood and iron, glass and cement. The award-winning project is signed by Werner Tscholl, who was able to graft the new intervention on the original body of the cellar, without taking away even a meter of land from the vineyards.
The structure melts with the surrounding area in a sculpture of great impact that evokes the vines of Termeno and draws a clear contrast with the landscape. Not to mention the wine shop and the tasting room, a luminous bubble suspended between heaven and earth that allows visitors to enjoy the Tramin experience in every sense.
We kept moving with our wine journey as we headed to the Kettmeir cellar, which was founded in 1919 by the oenologist Giuseppe Kettemeir, who is a viticulture expert, as well as an agronomist engineer. In 1964 Kettmeir realized the potential of sparkling wines, and started producing high quality sparkling wines applying the Charmat Method for a Cuvée of Pinot Blanc grapes.
In 1992 the cellar decided to embrace a new challenge by producing sparkling wine using the Classical Method, giving birth to the most iconic product of the Kettmeir cellar.
2000 is the year for a new kind of experimentation which takes inspiration from the great grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: the cellar decided to introduce also the Brut Rosè Classic Method.
A very generous harvest from 2011 laid the foundations for Kettmeir’s first Riserva Classico Method: at least 60 months of maturation on yeasts, plus three more rest periods: a slow and patient process to create the Extra Brut, the tip of diamond of the company’s production.
After our wine tasting we enjoyed a lunch at Cavallino Bianco Restaurant in Caldara and a relaxing afternoon at the Maso.
During the evening we had a lovely happy hour with cured meats and cheeses at La Pergola, reachable from the center of Termeno by walking along a panoramic path.
It’s already time to eat some dinner, so we decide to try the Schwarz Adler restaurant, the oldest in the village, located right in the heart of Cortaccia. Here we found some traditional cuisine characterized by a very unique ambience. Among the house specialities, it is worth mentioning the meat dishes cooked on the fire, as well as the generous house wine list. I don’t have any pictures, I decided to enjoy the moment. I am sorry.
When we woke up on Sunday morning the weather conditions weren’t the best, so we decided to head back home. However, we made a quick stop for our kids at Parco Faunistico Spormaggior, where we had the chance to see a bear, wolves, an owl, and so many animals. Gaia and Giada we so happy!
Our weekend ends here. I hope that my information can be useful to plan a relaxing gateway in Trentino Alto Adige. We feel literally recharged!