Wine – The Official Selection

Wine – The Official Selection is the result of a year-long process of tasting and assessment.

The Italian and international wines were selected by The WineHunter tasting panels and were rewarded with of one of the prestigious The WineHunter Award ROSSO, Gold or Platinum.

Click here to take a look at the exhibitors of Wine Italia.

Novelties of 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

“If you follow my teachings, you will drink an excellent wine!”
Merano WineFestival is a moment of shared stories, results of a union that often combines past and future. In this context, The WineHunter designed a tribute to celebrate the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the five hundred years since his disappearing. The figure of Leonardo da Vinci well embodies the motto of The WineHunter “Excellence is an attitude”. Da Vinci, as an absolute forerunner, dedicated himself already in 1500 to topics such as oenology and the search for excellence in wine. The patron of the festival Helmuth Köcher dedicates a special area within the heart of the event, the stage of the Kursaal.

Vino in Anfora WineHunter Area
Taste a real peculiarity on the stage of the Kursaal: wines aged in amphora!

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••

New Entries
Monday of the Festival is dedicated to the New Entries: those wines which thanks to special quality and peculiarity stood out during the tastings and have never before been selected for the Merano WineFestival. You find these labels in the Pavillon des Fleurs.

Old Vintage Collections
On Monday, 11th November, you can taste an old vintage from the wine cellar at the tasting tables of the companies.
For this special occasion, bottles are tasted with a maturity of at least ten years to understand the history and longevity of the products.

Vino in Vulcano WineHunter Area
Vino in Vulcano is dedicated to wines of great quality that are the result of an extreme viticulture and express the intense energy of the volcano!

WineHunter Area
The wine bar of the Merano WineFestival is situated in the central Rotunde of the Kurhaus. Here you find a selection of wines, which were rewarded with The WineHunter Award. Under the support of professional sommeliers, the visitors can taste the huge variety of high quality wines selected by The WineHunter.

Wine International
In this area you find all the international protagonists. Your opportunity to discover and taste wine from all over the world.

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux
Historical Châteaux offer the possibility to taste their noblest products. A terroir which reflects the history of wine. A culture that was passed on throughout the decades.

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 and in the Kurhaus on Tuesday 10th 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 from Friday to Monday. On Tuesday the opening hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 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 producers of bio&dynamica are divided into 5 different sessions. Every day you can taste wines of different producers. 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. 

Session 1: 6 november, Hotel Terme Merano

Session 2: 7 november, Hotel Terme Merano

Session 3: 8 november, Hotel Terme Merano

Session 4: 9 november, Hotel Terme Merano

Session 5: 10 november, Kurhaus

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 (session 1) and as many again on the 8th and 9th (session 2). 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.

Catwalk Champagne & more

Champagne and bubbles 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. Next to Champagne, this year the closure day will also host bubbles that were produced with the the method Metodo Classico. A selection of the best champagnes in the world are served for tasting together with Metodo Classico sparkling wine and 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 4 pm. The best bubbles, selected by The WineHunter Helmuth Köcher, will be protagonists of this special Catwalk.

Catwalk Champagne & more, an oenogastronomic journey with tasting of 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, sparkling wine 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 producers. 

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