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Grape Festival Merano

Grape Festival Merano, South Tyrol, Italy

The grape festival Merano

A celebration of traditions and innovations

The city of Merano cordially invites you to the annual Grape Festival, which this year takes place from the 14. until 15 October 2023 will take place. This traditional festival, which dates back to 1886, is an integral part of Merano’s social life and enjoys great popularity among locals and visitors alike.

The event spans two days, Saturday and Sunday, and offers a successful mix of time-honored traditions and fresh, young elements. The Merano Grape Festival gives visitors the opportunity to experience the rich culture of South Tyrol in all its facets.

On Saturday and Sunday a colorful program awaits you, where you can discover local products at the Merano market. Here you will find seasonal culinary delights with both northern and southern influences. The Burgraviate region is famous for its fine wines, which can be tasted during the festival. You can also look forward to traditional alpine music performed by young musical groups from South Tyrol. The concerts will take place on the terrace of the Kurhaus, in Via Sparkassenstraße, on the Thermenplatz and on the Kallmünz parking lot on Sunday.

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the great parade, which starts on Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 14:00 the from the Vinschgertor. This parade celebrates this year the 75th anniversary of the Association of Musical Bands of South Tyrol. After the impressive celebrations in Bolzano in May of this year, this day is dedicated to the young music bands from South Tyrol.

The great pageant

The parade is a real feast for the eyes and the undisputed highlight of the Merano Grape Festival. Participants, including institutions and associations, begin preparations days in advance and put a lot of commitment, passion and attention to detail into their entries. Most of the floats represent local traditions and customs, which are celebrated with particular pride at Grape Festival Merano. However, year after year, new fascinating elements are also added.

Some of the allegorical floats have long been known beyond the borders of South Tyrol. An example of this is the “scout” of the young farmers from Algund, which makes an imposing appearance with its impressive 300 kilograms of grapes. Equally impressive is the “Apple Crown” from Marling, which first participated in the event in 1949. Other highlights include the Schützen float, proudly emblazoned with “South Tyrol – The Cradle of Tyrol,” and a float bearing the coat of arms of the city of Merano.

The parade leads through the picturesque streets of Merano: Vinschgauertor, Rennweg, upper Freiheitsstraße, Sandplatz, Kurpromenade, Theaterbrücke, Thermenplatz.

The Grape Festival Merano is a feast for the senses. You can expect a wealth of scents, gifts, colors and sounds. It is an opportunity to get to know the rich culture and hospitable people of the South Tyrol region. Let yourself be enchanted by the unique atmosphere of this traditional festival.

The Grape Festival Merano is not only an opportunity to taste the regional delicacies and wines, but also to enjoy the lively culture and the artistic performances of the music bands. The combination of tradition and innovation makes this festival an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Date grape festival Merano

Save the date: 14. and October 15, 2023. We invite you to be part of the Grape Festival Merano and celebrate this unique event with us. We look forward to your visit and to sharing unforgettable moments full of joy and culture.

Important note: Disclaimer – Italien.events is not the organizer of the events published here and therefore not responsible for program changes and cancellation of the event. The editorial team of Italien.events always tries to provide detailed and accurate information. However, it is possible that events are changed and they were not updated in a timely manner. Detailed information about the dates, times and programs can be obtained directly from the organizer. Please check the organizer’s website or social media for updates before your trip!

Photos: © IDM South Tyrol-Alto Adige/Frieder Blickle

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