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07 Dec 2017
Where the celery tastes like vanilla
Harald Gasser has specialized in the cultivation of old vegetables. At first, he was ridiculed as a “dark green fool”, but now Michelin Star chefs are begging for his curious tubers and roots.

We are on the Aspinger farm in Barbiano, above Ponte Gardena at the entrance to the Val Gardena. Three men stand in front of a wooden shed. Before them a sits small box on a chopping block. Again and again, the men take seemingly dried-up bulbs and shriveled-looking roots out of the box. Again and again, they stick pieces of them into their mouths. It is the beginning of December, late afternoon. You can see all the way down into the Isarco valley. The three are Hannes Gasser, Armin Mairhofer and Hannes Pignater. Gasser grew up on the Aspinger farm. He has been growing vegetables on the farm for over ten years. Mairhofer is Executive Chef at the ADLER Balance in Ortisei. Pignater runs the kitchen at the ADLER Mountain Lodge at the Alpe di Siusi. They came to Barbiano to see what Gasser had recently harvested.
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01 Sep 2017
The jewelin the vineyard

The young Tenuta Sanoner winery produces biodynamic wines which reflect the character and beauty of Tuscany.

Picture yourself walking through Tuscany. Narrow lanes transport you past box hedges, olive trees and cypresses. Small pockets of woodland alternate with undulating meadows, sometimes punctuated by gnarled oak trees jutting out of the hillside. And amongst it all are the vineyards. Mile after mile of vineyards. The strict geometry of the vines provides a striking contrast to the gently rolling hills in which they stand. It is a picture of exceptional beauty.

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23 Jul 2017
Tradition meets modernity

Timber is a key feature of the architecture at the ADLER resorts, particularly the ADLER Mountain Lodge, which was predominantly constructed from local trees.

At the ADLER Dolomiti in Ortisei, wood is present in the impressive beams above the hotel entrance and the enormous staircase dating from 1927, which was designed by the ‘star architect’ of the day, Clemens Holzmeister. This is a creation that is as powerful as it is elegant. The lobby of the neighbouring ADLER Balance is dominated by mysterious room partitions, every element of which is suggestive of the trees from which they came. The lobby and bar of the ADLER Thermae in Tuscany gleam with wall panelling inspired by the Siena Cathedral. There is a constant alternation between darkness and light that is simply bewitching. In the case of the Mountain Lodge, almost the entire building is constructed from this versatile material.

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