Spressa delle Giudicarie DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) is one of the oldest cheeses of the Alps and one of the most recent to receive DOP status within Italy. Definitive approval was only obtained on 26 January 2004, when it was entered the Register of Protected Designations of Origin, which protects its quality within Italy and Europe.

As I travel across the regions of the Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, researching or leading our tours, I am consistently amazed by the huge variety of wines available there. Not only does there seem to be a new DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) region, with its own traditional wines, remarkable terroir and distincti...

About two hours north of Venice lives a scene that looks as if it could have been born in the brain of Vincent Van Gogh or nicked straight off the pages of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Rolling green hills dotted with charming village chalets intersect abruptly with dramatic, craggy mountains that pierce the sky. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise with endless...

“It’s important to experiment with contemporary techniques and for me this technology is just another tool”, he explains. “You can’t make the curly bits without it”, he adds enigmatically. I’ve got an inkling of what he means. We’ve just visited his atelier in Pontives an alpine village strung out along the Val Gardena in the heart of the Italian D...

Pinot grigio has not always been a go-to when it comes to white wines for me, but if I am going to drink one I always turn to northeastern Italy, in particular the Alto Adige wine region. Pinot grigio unfortunately has been tarnished from the days of when high quantity, low quality pinot grigio were being produced. It still happens today, but there...

From June 30-July 2 all eyes will be on the 59th Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City and Speck Alto Adige PGI will be there to catch some of the looks and delight palates. Speck ham by Recla, one of its exporters, will be among the Alto Adige (or South Tyrol) products exhibiting at the booth 3030.   The booth r...

WTI Magazine #67    2015 September, 4Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   Grana Padano first appeared around the year one thousand, in the countryside surrounding the Po. It was a time of hunger and famine, when nothing could be wasted. The monks therefore researched a method to transform milk into a non-perishable cheese. Their experiments in...

by Robert Draper   The most sensible approach to the Alpine geological wonderland known as the Dolomites is also the most evocative one. Here's how it's done: After the three-hour drive from Venice Marco Polo Airport toward Austria, pull off the autostrada into the inviting city of Bolzano.   In the pedestrian zone on Piazza della Mos...

by  Rossella Cadeo   The South Tyrol model remains the benchmark and statistics are there to prove it. Bolzano once more ranks as number one city to live in according to the Sole 24 Ore/Italy 24 survey on Quality of Life in the Italian provinces, closely followed by its partner city of Trento, which takes third place. What's surprising this...

The Festival that brings two months of art and music to those rose-hued rocks, the Dolomites, is on its way back to the range this summer: the 20th season of Sounds of the Dolomites, marked by world-class music and crowds both Italian and foreign, is even more spectacular for its astounding natural setting, also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. &nbs...