Conceived and curated by Helmuth Köcher, the Merano WineFestival is the world’s most exclusive wine-event, a celebration and a showcase of the finest Italian and international wines.
Selected producers –the heart and soul of the Festival – are on hand to illustrate their wines to professionals, enthusiasts and journalists, who meet in Merano to transform their passion for wine into a unique experience.
The pleasures of the palate are combined with a delight for the eyes, because the Festival is held in the majestic rooms of the Kurhaus, an elegant historical building in the center of town.
The result of the intense work of nine tasting committees, which selected the best wines from over 300 vineries from Italy and more than 120 winemakers from Bulgaria, Germany, France, Croatia, New Zealand, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa and the USA. In addition they chose the best delicatessen from over 100 food stores for the Merano WineFestival.
The Merano WineFestival is the showcase of the greatest expression of winemaking, but not only:
It's bio&dynamica, an unmissable opportunity to taste selected organic and biodynamic wines.
It's Culinaria, a show of Artisans of Taste proposing the best ingredients from their territory.
BeerPassion, is dedicated to the flavours of the traditional beer.
It's GourmetArena, a chance for top chefs to vie with each other and show off their talent, in a ring reserved for the haute cuisine.
It is the chance to take a trip around the world with your wine glass, getting to know the vignerons from the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, tasting historic Italian vintages, and discovering up-and-coming young winemakers and little-known areas on every continent.
The 2011 Festival in figures: 5,000 registered participants, over 400 Italian winemakers, over 120 international winemakers, 100 artisans of taste and 300 accredited journalists.