Here is the pitch (from the Guardian)
The South Tyrol, with its mixed Italian and Austrian heritage, is a great place for a foodie visit and the Merano Culinaria is a chance to sample the fabulous food and wine that has been created from such mixed influences. Traditional alpine noodle dishes, such as dumplings and strudel are on offer, alongside hand-made pastas and strong cheeses. Regions such as the Aosta valley and Lombary have their own stalls, selling fontina cheese, motzetta (air-dried meats), braesolas and salamis along with specialist producers of everything from aged balsamic vinegar to hand-made chocolates. Many major wine producers from all over Italy also take their place at the Art Nouveau Kurhaus to sell their prized bottles.
And from the Merano Wine Festival web page
To celebrate 26 years of history, there will be 5 days full of emotions and things to discover with friends: over 450 winemakers among the best of Italy and the rest of the world, almost 200 producers of culinary products and 15 prominent chefs. Expression of the best that our place has to offer, selected by the WineHunter Award Commissions.
The Wine Italia days (November 11 – 12) would be perfect for me!
The Kurhaus of Merano is one of the most famous art nouveau buildings in the entire alpine area and host to the Merano WineFestival. Over the course of multiple days, it will be transformed into a venue of national wine producers. During these days, the wine will be the absolute protagonist.
More than 800 wines from all over Italy will be displayed for tasting. Each and every of those wines has obtained the quality seal of The WineHunter Awards, with the colors red, gold and platinum representing different grades of top quality.
The halls of the Kurhaus create a sensory path through wineries of north and south Italy. The sections Extremis and the WineHunter Area represent special characteristics within the Merano WineFestival.