Wine – The WineHunter Selection

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


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 4th to 8th November from 10 am to 6 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 4th and 5th of November (session 1) and as many again on the 6th and 7th (session 2). There will 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 into sessions. Some producers from session 1 will not be present in session 2 and vice versa. To keep the overview of the WineHunter Selection tidy and easily accesible, the selection has been divided into 6 section:

Wine Italia

The heart of the event with a selection of Italy’s best wineries. From Session 1 to Session 2 the section sees a total of 429 producers provinding all their WineHunter awarded products .

Wine International

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

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, 7th 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.


The conclusion of Naturae et Purae, celebrates the spirit of the sustainability and sustainable agriculture. Learn about sustainable production, naturalness and purity in food and wine directly from applying producers.

WineHunter Area

A central wine bar of the Merano WineFestival. Situated on the stage of the Kursaal, main hall 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.

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.

Discover the producers of the WineHunter Area

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.


SESSION 1: 4th-5th Nov 2022

10 am - 6pm

SESSION 2: 6th-7th Nov 2022

10 am - 6pm


10 am - 4pm