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Südtirol / Alto Adige, Italy

Art, nature, wine and cuisine blend into one at Kränzelhof, a 4.5 hectare estate near Meran in Südtirol. The labor of love of Count Franz Graf Pfeil, the historic estate was in disrepair when he inherited it in the 1960s. With his efforts in the subsequent decades, the historic winery was restored, new vineyards were planted, seven strolling art gardens were added, an old mill was turned into a gourmet restaurant, and all have become host to rotating exhibitions of national and international artists.

Franz and his wife Stephanie believe that their wine and cuisine are artistic creations among the whole of Kränzelhof and strive to create individual works of art that reflect the differing vintage and climatic conditions of their vineyards. In addition to their classic line, they create an “Artwork” line that varies in each vintage. Likewise, in their Miil Restaurant, the menu is guided by the seasons and the production of its adjacent garden, informing the culinary experience to be shared with passionate gourmets from week to week.

First mentioned in 1108, the historic estate began producing wine in the 1500’s. Now over 500 years later, Kränzelhof continues to innovate as an entirely organic and sustainable vineyard, encouraging biodiversity and exploring biodynamic principals.

Seeking to ensure the continued integration and harmony of the property, the gardens, developed with landscape architect Bernhard Zingler, are designed and continuously evolve with a balance of humans and nature in mind, while aligning with astral principles. Throughout the year, they are host to exhibitions, dance nights, meditations, and full-moon events.

Says Franz Graf Pfeil, “The Art Garden wants to prove that everybody can live in harmony with nature and contemporaneously show how creative even small enterprises might be… If you are interested in spirituality you might want to discover and interpret the garden’s astral principles.”

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