The town of Bolzano is also devoted to wine production which finds ideal conditions in areas such as Santa Maddalena and Gries.
Bolzano and wine are closely linked: South Tyrol’s main town features a wine-growing area of 510 hectares, making it the second largest wine-growing community in the region. The vineyards stretch between the gentile hills in the surroundings and Bolzano’s outskirts. There are two local wines par excellence: the delicate Santa Maddalena, named after the slopes in the east of the town, and the velvety dark Lagrein. The noble juices of the grapes are stored in the wooden barrels of Bolzano’s wineries, which can look back on a long tradition - from the new building of the Bolzano Winery to the ancient cellars of the Muri-Gries Monastery.
Many events and offers bring locals and guests closer to the wine. “Bacchus Urbanus”, for instance, is an initiative of the Bolzano Tourist Board in collaboration with the local wineries: A guide accompanies interested people on a discovery of the local wine-growing areas in May and October (in German and Italian language). The following wine tasting is the crowning finale.
In between there are events such as the “St. Magdalener Culinarium”, a whole day dedicated to the Santa Maddalena wine, and the “Night of the Cellars”, in which a total of 15 wineries in Bolzano, Appiano, Terlano and Settequerce open the doors to their cellars. The “St. Lawrence Night” (Laurenzinacht, in German), however, takes place every year on the 10th of August under the beautiful Medieval Arcades, where the good local wines are enjoyed on a mild summer night. A night full of shooting stars, by the way: The meteor shower of the Perseids is also known as “St. Lawrence Tears”. A night to remember…