Merano WineCitylife

Merano WineCitylife, the Fuorisalone of the Merano WineFestival and entertainment within the city of Merano

Merano WineCitylife is an “out of the salon” path created for visitors of the Festival and the public of Merano. The whole city of Merano is involved in moments of leisure, tasting, master experiences and much more. All the initiatives are dedicated to the Italian and international wine and gastronomic excellences.

The city center is invaded by stands of partners of the Merano WineFestival that involve guests with food, wines, showcooking and cocktails. The goal is to let the Festival atmosphere live throughout the whole city. The access to Merano WineCitylife is open to the public.

The exhibitors of Merano WineCitylife

The exhibitors of Merano WineCitylife in the past years were Camera di Commercio di Nuoro, Consorzio del Sannio, Consorzio Garda DOC, Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese, Forsterbräu Meran, Signorvino and Tannico.

The Corso della Libertà

The Corso della Libertà comes alive with Merano WineCitylife. It is a very wide avenue in the center of Merano and it is also the road on which you access the Kurhaus, the main entrance of the Festival. During Merano WineFestival the avenue is covered with a red carpet to involve everyone in this moment of animation for the city.

Die Freiheitsstraße wird mit Merano WineCitylife lebendig. Merano WineCitylife sind Momente der Unterhaltung, Verkostung, Master Experience, Showcooking und vielem mehr auf der Freiheitsstraße Meran während des WineFestival.

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!

 

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!

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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.

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.