In spring - usually between the end of March and mid-April - a sea of white and rose apple blossoms covers the Wine Road.
Image gallery: Apple blossom
Spring along the South Tyrolean Wine Road represents one of the most beautiful seasons of the year - it’s when the first buds and blossoms appear on the apple trees. A few days later, the landscape between Nalles in the area of Merano and surroundings and Salorno in the far south of South Tyrol is covered by a white and light pink sea of apple blossoms. Several hiking paths and cycle routes in the valley basin invite to enjoy this natural spectacle from close up.
Thanks to the mild climate, the blossom starts early in this area and the first apple blossoms - depending on the weather - can be seen already at the end of March. If in these weeks the temperature drops to freezing level at night, the apple orchards are sprinkled: Finely condensed droplets of water cover the blossoms, freeze and protect them against the cold and possible frost damages. After these so-called Frosty Nights the frozen blossoms sparkle in the first sunlight.
By the way: Did you know that every 10th apple picked in Europe comes from South Tyrol? And that the denomination “South Tyrolean Apple PGI” represents a seal of Protected Geographical Indication for 11 local apple varieties? And that means millions of apple blossoms every year…