This morning I got up comfortably, also because the bed at Sartori's Hotel in Lavis (TN) was really comfortable! ? Tomorrow I have a really full day and so today I take a rest in Bolzano, a city that I always like very much! I arrived around noon, parked at the central station which is a stone's throw from the center and at a reasonable price (€ 1,50 per hour) and I arrived at Walther Platz. With great sadness I found that the temple of the sacher cake was closed ... damn! I promised myself to go there tomorrow, then in the end I didn't really have time!
Today I took my time to write and enjoy the beautiful Castle in Appiano where I will sleep tonight. Before reaching my room, however, I decided to look for a suitable "office" in the center of Bolzano. When I visit a city I like to wander the streets without a map and discover the places almost by chance, and it is by chance that I arrived at Castel Mareccio, in the heart of the historic center of Bolzano.
Walking through the center I came to a very very South Tyrolean stall where I got this delicious sandwich! Both the speck and the bread were excellent! Continuing my walk, a truly spectacular scenario opened up: Castel Mareccio (in the cover photo). Here, this is really the perfect place to bring out my iPad (let's point out that in these days mine is on Amazon iPad Air 2 is discounted by about € 200 and there are only 8 left ... TAKE A LOOK HERE!), equip it with the extraordinary keyboard of the Logitech Ultra Thin (which I will never tire of saying that it is the best purchase I made this year, always bought on Amazon, but at 99 € and I saw today that it is discounted at 49 €… damn but why do these promotions never happen to me ??? Anyway I point out the link of the offer HERE), and start writing.
And here is the photo !! How wonderful to work like this! I stopped in a small kiosk along the Promenade Lungo Talvera to drink a coffee with Ginseng (it was really dirty water) to occupy this splendid table overlooking Castel Mareccio. I only got up because it started raining and of course I was without an umbrella! (You know Bridget Jones when you saychiara to Mark Darcy in the pouring rain? Here, I looked the same! Luckily there was no potential Mark Darcy in the area ... 😀)
I would like to make a little note on Castel Mareccio o Schloss Maretsch in German (here you can find it more often written in this second language). The oldest nucleus dates back to 1200, when the forefather of the Maretsch family, at the time holders of justice in Bolzano, commissioned it. This Castle has been the home of several noble families over the centuries, the last being that of the Thun who owned it until 1851. After Castel Mareccio it was sold to Countess Anna Sarnthein who rented it to the treasury and later became a warehouse for weapons then seat of the State Archives.
At this point I left for the Schloss Hotel Korb, 4-star superior Hotel in Eppan… to enjoy my pre-delirium evening on Monday! Finding the structure was quite simple, even the iPhone navigator did it without difficulty! The road that climbs up the hill between the vineyards is beautiful… I went very slowly to enjoy the view! I park comfortably and I find myself in front of a castle overlooking these beautiful hills to take your breath away! The reasons to choose the Schloss Hotel Korb are peace and intimacy, friendliness and charm, the style of the castle and the silence in which it is immersed and, of course, the pleasure of excellent food accompanied by really interesting wines of their production!
The entrance is very suggestive, even if this is certainly not the season that pays the most: I saw some photos in spring, and the rose garden really gives it a magical touch. As a lover of wine as I am, however, I also enjoyed this period in which the vineyards are tinged with various colors and give a beautiful effect.
After passing a beautiful wrought iron gate you enter a truly original atrium where we find the reception and the access doors to the various rooms. The decor is particular: the stone blends with the wood and creates a truly fascinating mix! What struck me most is that although there are many things, even of different styles, they are all in perfect harmony. The light is of the right tone: warm and welcoming, it tinges with romance anything.
After a brief passage in the room to leave my suitcase and take a shower, I immediately went down for dinner. They made me sit in a nice, very spacious table with a padded bench and cushions that both I and Paco loved!
The restaurant is in the same style as everything else and this too is full of charm! Here, too, the stone of the walls blends harmoniously with the wood of the exposed beams and columns. The chandeliers are wonderful and take you back in time. From the large windows you can enjoy a splendid panorama of lights and each drapery of the curtains seems to be positioned with the ruler so much is it precise. The table is well laid out, simple and elegant, with flowers, plants and a long-stemmed candle that is lit every time the guest sits down regardless of the time or degree of lighting. Here too the light is right: neither too much nor too little.
The kitchen here works really well, but as a Sommelier as I am, I first inquired about the wine list. I discovered that, apart from the Dallago family wines, there is a cellar of over 35.000 bottles with an extraordinary selection of labels. Here you can also find real rarities: from the newest Chateau Rothschild to that of 1934, sumptuous Amarone from 1928 to 2001 or the incomparable Château d'Yquem from 1921 to the famous Château Petrus from 1975 and many others. Wonderful!
Obviously I wanted to taste the Dallago family's sparkling wine: I am around for a sparkling wine guide, by God! The Fritz Dellago winery is made up of 6 and a half hectares and boasts 14 different vines treated with passion and personal dedication.
As for the food, I chose the half board proposal which affects € 35 on the room price and is a really interesting tasting menu. I want to emphasize that it is a tasting menu in the sense that the portions are rather short, but for my appetite it was perfect and I certainly did not get up hungry! The proposal is called Gala Dinner and in my case it included these courses:
Smoked Norwegian salmon with horseradish mousse and buckwheat blinis. The quality of the salmon was very good (although I preferred the morning one at breakfast) and the horseradish mousse was balanced and unobtrusive. It is not easy to measure the horseradish and they did very well.
Scallops with celery purée, crispy rice sheet with crustacean sauce. The black disk, in my opinion, was a lasagna and for this reason the dish can be considered a first course. I liked the crustacean bisque very much, a pity only for the rice sheet that had softened slightly with the heat of the mashed potatoes. I found the purée quite creamy and with a good consistency, with a balanced taste. The scallops were well cooked.
Dellago Ginger Rosé sorbet. How good this sorbet! Ginger Rosé is Dellago's philosophy of life and is a creation based on quality sparkling wine. A secret recipe for a "sparkling wine" that lends itself well as an aperitif. It is a wine flavored with ginger and rose essence, served with an ice cube and a rose petal, with a very low alcohol content. Well, I know that if you are an oenological purist you are making a strange face, but I would like you to take this product for what it is: an aperitif, exactly like the Hugo that I personally love. Ah, for the uninitiated, Hugo is a South Tyrolean variant of Spritz based on Prosecco, elderflower syrup, seltzer and mint leaves. Thanks again to Andrea for his delicious Elderflower syrup with which I prepared wonderful Hugos at home!
Veal fillet in spinach coat, chanterelle sauce and pepper with rosemary potatoes. A dish on the whole pleasant, with a veal that really was cut with a breadstick as it was tender. The rosé wine is pleasant, fresh, not particularly complex but intense and elegant with hints of raspberry and white flowers. In the mouth light and elegant, shifted to the hardness but overall quite balanced.
Chestnut parfait with persimmons, chocolate leaves and white rum. Although I'm not a lover of persimmons, I loved this dessert! Simple, well built, it presented itself very well on the plate and the expectations were amply rewarded in the mouth. We balanced the taste of the chestnuts, the unobtrusive persimmon, the quality white chocolate petal… well done!
A shot of the entrance to the restaurant, cafeteria area.
This environment is what I liked the most !! The bar in the bitters / liqueurs area, the perfect setting to end an evening in intimacy. Here I felt inside the story, it is really a very charming room and if I was not alone I would probably have gladly ended the evening there.
After dinner I took a walk on the panoramic terrace with Paco, but I returned early because it was raining even if slowly. Beautiful study of lights and lush vegetation ... in summer it must be a real show !!!
I stayed in one of the Castello Suites, in a room of about 40 square meters for 2-4 people (comfortable) overlooking the vineyards. The Suite is beautifully furnished, with an obsessive attention to detail that shines through in every corner. The use of wood that warms the environment without being heavy is beautiful. The style is classic, expertly elegant and never heavy. The bed, like all period beds, is high, but the mattress is comfortable and there are some very interesting Swiss pine pillows, with a lot of explanation. I discovered that the Swiss pine lowers the heart rate, relaxes and helps sleep. Honestly, I didn't find them very comfortable also because they are filled with shavings (but there were very comfortable traditional pillows), but I must say that I slept very well, like a baby! And I always have a hard time falling asleep!
The sitting room is also delightful: at the foot of the bed two comfortable upholstered armchairs with a small table in style, where I found some biscuits and fresh water. Opposite, a comfortable desk with a wonderful retro telephone. This particular photo I took from the loft, where there is another double bed with an installation of globes of different sizes that fall at different heights really beautiful! The room is equipped with every comfort: LCD TV, Wi-Fi, safe, telephone and minibar filled on request. I also really liked this thing that the minibar is filled only with the things you request instead of finding yourself things you don't even like: it makes you feel really special!
The bathroom is very nice and well-finished, completely covered with light marble with golden details. Although I would have preferred the tub, there is a private sauna in the room which I also tested even if I am not a lover of saunas. But I find it a real treat! I appreciated the "real" hairdryer, the bathrobe, the wipes, the bag for dirty clothes ...
… But it is above all the vin pur products that impressed me, both for the pleasant fragrances and for the softness of my skin after using them. Beautiful packaging and good products, but above all what a great idea that they are based on wine! Very good! In the kit there is a shower gel, a shampoo, a conditioner and a body cream!
Monday 24 October - morning
When I woke up in the morning I opened one of the windows in my room and admired this beautiful landscape, a sight despite the overcast sky. A castle in the distance, the mountains, the colors, the vineyards, the mist… everything seems painted by the hand of an artist and is truly relaxing.
Breakfast is served in the same restaurant in the evening, also panoramic with a view of the vineyards. There is a large buffet with every thing you could want, all of the highest quality. To drink you can ask for coffee, cappuccino, chocolate, fresh fruit juices, Dellago Ginger Rosé sparkling wine… I tried one of the 12 types of tea that they made available to me and it was excellent and well served. To eat there is really everything, from sweet to savory: cereals, yogurt, brioche, homemade jams, all kinds of bread, various types of Tyrolean cheeses, South Tyrolean Speck, Parma Ham, fresh salmon, veal sausage ... I opted for fresh salmon because I had already tasted it in the evening and it is of a goodness that cannot be described. Word of a true lover of salmon who has eaten so much in life!
And here ends my beautiful stay at the Schloss Hotel Korb! It is now Monday morning, and today is a really intense day of tastings in the beating heart of Bolzano!
If you are a couple, I absolutely recommend that you spend a weekend in this structure to be pampered by your partner in a romantic and old-fashioned atmosphere.
For kind hospitality.
Address: Via castel d'Appiano 5, 39057 Missiano / Appiano - Bolzano
Phone: +39 0471 636000