International Wine Education – Weinakademiker & Masters of Wine

Dr. Josef Schuller, founder of the Austrian Academy of Wine and Austria’s first Master of Wine, presents two internationally renowned wine courses:

on one hand the academic wine degree, which is offered in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in collaboration with the universities of Geisenheim and Zurich in Germany. The graduates have then the possibility to apply for the Master of Wine program in London.

on the other hand the program of the Master of Wine, offered in English by the Institute of Masters of Wine. As the first non-British Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and organizer of the annual European Master of Wine Stage 1 program in Rust, he knows the teaching for over two decades.

 

“Concorso Emergente Sala”

The “Emergente Sala” contest is the key event that sums up the values in service and aims to find the best service specialists of Italy.

Thursday 7th of November
qualification round

Friday 8th of November
final tests with the jury’s questions

Friday 8th of November
practical tests at the Gala Dinner where the winners will be rewarded on the stage of the Kurhaus

Merano Wine&Innovation

From traceability to the new frontiers in e-commerce and online trade with wine.
10 Nov 9:00-10:00

Talk by Carlo Vischi & Andrea Casadei H-Farm

Diva project: smart financing to create digitech Value in the sectors of agri-food, forestry and Environment.
11 Nov 9:00-10:00

Talk by Anna Giacon

Sabrage Vin Mousseux

A Sabrage in perfect style inaugurates the 28th edition of the Merano WineFestival!

Do not miss this unique show where VIPs from all over the world slash 28 bottles of sparkling wine with a sabre!

 

Tannico

Tannico and its Double Decker – the iconic 1960s two-story English bus turned into a wine&cocktail bar – comes back also for this years’ edition of the MWF. The Double Decker hosts several Master Experiences during which exceptional vintages and rare pearls of Italian and French wines will be opened and tasted.

During the rest of the day special events, amazing breakfast, tasty lunch and night party will run.

Master Experience 2019 with Ferrari, Krug, Biondi Santi, Louis Roederer, Gaja and Sassicaia.

Here you find the PROGRAM of the MASTER EXPERIENCES!

 

Emergente Sala

The “Emergente Sala” contest is the key event that sums up the values in service and aims to find the best service specialists of Italy.

Thursday 7th of November
qualification round

Friday 8th of November
final tests with the jury’s questions

Friday 8th of November
practical tests at the Gala Dinner where the winners will be rewarded on the stage of the Kurhaus

Naturae et Purae bio&dynamica

Tasting organic, biodynamic, natural, orange, PIWI rewarded with The WineHunter Award

The WineHunter Award ROSSO GOLD PLATINUM

Naturae et Purae – bio&dynamica is the event of the Merano WineFestival dedicated to the tasting of organic, biodynamic, natural, orange, PIWI and integrated farming wines. You have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable production, naturalness and topics like purity in the wine&food sector. During the visit you will be able to directly meet the producers themselves and to taste their wines rewarded with The WineHunter Award, while learning more about the story and the making of the product.

Opening hours at Hotel Terme Merano

In 2020 Naturae et Purae bio&dynamica takes place at the Hotel Terme Merano from Friday 6th to Monday 9th of November. Visitors can taste the products either during the morning time slot from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm or during the afternoon session from 2:30 pm to 7 pm. Every day a new selection of producers, who are committed to sustainable production, will present their selected products awarded The WineHunter Award.

The Hotel Therme Merano is the ideal location for theses tastings and offers a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy the wines at its fullest. Here you find more information on the location Hotel Terme Merano

The WineHunter Award wines at the bio&dynamica

The wines that are present at Naturae et Purae bio&dynamica were part of a meticulous selection process that lasts a whole year. The WineHunter Helmuth Köcher and his tastings commissions taste and select the wines, which are then rewarded with The WineHunter Award Rosso, Gold or Platinum. By clicking here you find more information on The WineHunter Award.

The list of the producers of bio&dynamica 2020

The list of the producers of the bio&dynamica will be published in October. Click here to take a look at last year’s exhibitors at bio&dynamica 2019. 

The WineHunter Helmuth Köcher and his tastings commissions taste and select the wines, which are then rewarded with The WineHunter Award Rosso, Gold or Platinum Naturae et Purae - bio&dynamica is the event of the Merano WineFestival dedicated to the tasting of organic, biodynamic, natural, orange, PIWI and integrated farming wines.

Wine – The WineHunter Selection

The official selection of the wines at the Merano WineFestival is called Wine – The WineHunter Selection

The WineHunter Award ROSSO GOLD PLATINUM

Wine – The WineHunter Selection is the heart of Merano Wine Festival and you can learn about the stories of excellence that have received The WineHunter Award. So come and visit the Kurhaus from 6th to 9th November from 9 am to 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to 7 pm and taste wines selected by The WineHunter Helmuth Köcher based on a year-long search.

Novelty at Wine The WineHunter Selection

This year there will be something new at the heart of the event: Wine – The WineHunter Selection will take place in the Kurhaus and will feature 122 Italian and international producers on 6th and 7th of November and as many again on the 8th and 9th. There will not be a link between the exhibition spaces in the Kurhaus and those in the GourmetArena. In the GourmetArena Foods Spirits Beer – The Official Selection will involve the same system of dividing producers between the different days.

The WineHunter Area

The WineHunter Area is a vitrine of The WineHunter awarded wines presented by our professional sommeliers. This year, other than the presence of the Kursaal on the podium, The WineHunter Area will relinquish its usual display spaces and transfer as well to the lounges of Merano hotels. A digital lounge will also be created in this area, which will allow visitors to interact with the producers in real-time.

Excellence is an attitude, the motto of The WineHunter and the wine selection

Excellence is an attitude”. The motto of The WineHunter and patron of the event Helmuth Köcher perfectly interprets the constant search for excellence. This researcht has made the Merano WineFestival a highly prestigious event in the world of wine. Wine – The WineHunter Selection, based on a voyage at the discovery of fine wine, is central to the event in Merano where the selection of best products given The Rosso, Gold and Platinum WineHunter Award is presented. These stories of excellence sought, discovered and selected by Helmuth Köcher, the famous patron of the Merano WineFestival, in collaboration with selected tasting committees from around Italy, will star at the Kurhaus from 6 to 9 November. The grand Liberty-style building will therefore be turned into a place where you can meet quality producers and taste the best wines of Italy and other countries.

Ein neues Gesicht erhält auch die The WineHunter Area, die Önothek aus The WineHunter Award prämierten Weinen präsentiert von unseren Sommeliers. The WineHunter Area is a vitrine of The WineHunter awarded wines presented by our professional sommeliers.

Food Spirits Beer – The WineHunter Selection

The GourmetArena is the location for tasting of food, spirits and beer situated on the Passeggiata Lungo Passirio

The WineHunter Award ROSSO GOLD PLATINUM

The GourmetArena is the tensile structure which is located on the Meranese Passeggiata Lungo Passirio and houses Food Spirits Beer – The WineHunter Selection as well as Territorium, Consortium, Extrawine and Media.

The section dedicated to food, spirits and beer

The large and extensive terrace, which runs the length of the entire Kurhaus, faces south, opening onto the famous Sissi Promenade along the Passirio di Sissi: this is the space dedicated to the GourmetArena. For 20 years already the Promenade is hosting the GourmetArena of the Merano WineFestival. 1,200 m² offering the opportunity to taste The Official Culinaria Selection, which includes the excellence of the Culinaria, Beerpassion and Aquavitae.

In addition, the Consortium, Territorium, Extrawine and Media sections are also located in the GourmetArena. Consortium and Territorium are dedicated to wine and food consortia and the presentation of entire territories. In the Extrawine section you can find companies that offer equipment and support for professionals in the food and wine sector. Media are newspapers and media partners who show their newspapers and journals dedicated to the wine and food sector. In some years the GourmetArena has also hosted a section dedicated to Mixology.

Corresponding to the culinary products found in the GourmetArena, the tensile structure is decorated in green and with natural plants and offers ample space for the tastings of fresh culinary products.

The GourmetArena is the location for tasting of food, spirits and beer situated on the Passeggiata Lungo PassirioThe section dedicated to food, spirits and beer

Catwalk Champagne

Champagne tasting combined with culinary delights, a glamorous Catwalk

The WineHunter Award ROSSO GOLD PLATINUM

Since ever the Merano WineFestival closes with the Catwalk Champagne, the grand finale in a very exclusive manner true to the motto excellence is an attitude. A selection of the best champagnes in the world are served for tasting together with gastronomic specialties and culinary delights and are rewarded with The WineHunter Award, a real Catwalk.

Elegance and refinement are the stars of this final day in the Kursaal on Tuesday 10th November from 10 am to 3 pm. The best French champagnes, selected by The WineHunter Helmuth Köcher, will be protagonists of the Catwalk Champagne.

Catwalk Champagne, an oenogastrnomical journey with tasting of French sparkling wine and culinary specialties

Visitors will be involved in a unique journey through wine and food. An emotional and sensoric experience that unveils the existing combinations between champagne and culinary excellences.

Our Catwalk Champagne is an event that combines culture, entertainment and discovery. Everything in the universally appreciated atmosphere of the Merano WineFestival.

Click here to take a look at the list of Champagnes and culinary specialties from 2019. The producers of Catwalk Champagne 2020 will be published in October.

Since ever the Merano WineFestival closes with the Catwalk Champagne, the grand finale in a very exclusive manner true to the motto excellence is an attitude. Catwalk Champagne, an oenogastrnomical journey with tasting of French sparkling wine and culinary specialties