Hotel Sonnenhof, Tannheimer Tal: perfect for a pleasure trip with wine partner-in-crime

Hotel Sonnenhof, Tannheimer Tal: perfect for a pleasure trip with wine partner-in-crime

Actually, one of the great advantages or flagships of the Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän is the proximity to the lift and ski area. I have more pleasure in pleasure descents – and have therefore set off on a culinary slalom through pampering board with 5-course menu, and the wine selection of host Rainer Müller, named “wine list of the year 2022” by the restaurant guide Gault&Millau. Why the Hotel Sonnenhof is the perfect place to go for curious gourmets with a wine quirk, you can read here.


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From my parents, I got a lot of basic interest equipment on my gentleman’s journey. From my mom as a studied interior designer the creative, from my dad as a brewmaster and now beer sommelier the interest in (liquid) pleasure. Her passion for hiking, on the other hand, hasn’t quite made its way into my DNA yet. Yet the Tannheim Valley, where this story is set, has 1,150 meters of altitude and offers deluxe opportunities for discovery. From May to mid-November, the valley offers long summers, offers 100 km of cleared winter hiking trails and has already collected the title of “Austria’s most beautiful hiking area”. In addition, the Tannheimer Valley also has four small, fine ski areas on offer. You can do that, but my condition and curiosity are better served by a pleasure hike to culinary heights. And you don’t have to do anything else for that,check in at Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän and walk to the main stations: Restaurant, terrace and bar. The dignified wine descent in addition is included in the stay. Started in 1967 as a small lift café, several conversions followed over the years and generations until the Hotel Sonnenhof has now become a cozy slope for fine food and wine in the present. Why the culinary divining rod has struck out directly, you will understand in a moment. Admit it: The hotel may have more of an oldschool dress code from the outside, and in winter the parking lot below takes away some of the flair of the location, but as soon as you step through the wooden door and are truly charmingly welcomed, you enter an oasis of pleasure where the world outside is tuned out anyway. At the latest when you step into the new rooms.


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Quaint and charming on the outside, it is not only the dishes from the kitchen that are tasteful at the Hotel Sonnenhof.


The renowned restaurant guide Gault&Millau, which is one of the most influential restaurant guides alongside the Guide Michelin, has awarded the hotel’s wine list, compiled by hotel manager, wine expert and bottle juggler Rainer Müller, the highest accolade and named it “Wine List of the Year 2022”. An impressive 1,150 wine positions and 70 champagne varieties at the highest level comprise the liquid streaming offer, in which Rainer Müller focuses on quality, good craftsmanship and the personal signature of the winemakers from predominantly family-run businesses. The wine list was also named one of the 100 best in the German-speaking world by Meininger Verlag and published in the book “Meiningers Finest 100.” At the same time, it was awarded the highest score of three bottles by the gourmet guide A la Carte. Dry facts can actually be this appetizing.


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Hospitality is a matter of honor and family: Chef Patrick Müller with host and wine card juggler Rainer Müller.


In addition to wine, the gourmet hotel in Tyrol naturally also places great emphasis on enjoyment. In addition to the extensive pampering board, which actually already offers a la carte level, and the hotel’s own gourmet inn “Das Müllers” under the direction of chef Patrick Müller, the gourmet restaurant Alps & Ocean is the flagship of the Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän. Here, chef Patrick Müller sits at the mixer with Daniel Walch for the culinary soundtrack, and there have also been awards for the 8-course menu: 3 toques and 16 points from Gault-Millau, 92 points and 4 stars from A la Carte, and 92 points and 3 forks from Falstaff. Right away: Please don’t be put off or irritated by hoods or points. Of course the courts look aesthetically, the quality is high, but the prices are – straight with the spoiling pension – beginner friendly, everything is served in down-to-earth and genuinely approachable kind. Nothing is out of the ordinary here, it’s just tasty cooking.


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Even more beautifully paved than the entrance is the wine list with exciting bottle discoveries from around the world.


Of course, this calls for my curious enjoyment quirk, she heard the mental call from the Tannheimer Valley and the plan was clear – a long weekend enjoyment hike deluxe, or to put it seriously: investigative practice research.



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14 p.m: Check-in into the Junior Suite Bergzauber


Those checking into the Hotel Sonnenhof have a choice of 43 rooms and eight suites. All rooms are newly renovated and meet the highest standards. The mountain view is always included. We have a date with the new Junior Suite Superior Bergzauber, and even if I am not so cuddly on the road, the room is really magically designed. Kitsch remains well-behaved at the door, inside awaits a cozy-elegant mix of alpine materials and colors that have been given a good pinch of design spice in the pot. The extremely comfortable box spring bed is framed on the wall and ceiling by a wooden element, the dark blue pull-out sofa soothes the noisy motif wallpaper, the high-quality wooden parquet is joined by a stool and a bench in front of the mirror in a cheerful graphic pattern look. This looks refreshing, and pleasantly inviting.


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From the motif wallpaper to the pull-out cozy sofa, the choice and interplay of colors and materials in the newly renovated room are a pure match.


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Graphic prints meet wood, velvety surfaces meet lots of light: bright design for a relaxed switch-off.


Do you know the feeling when you feel directly comfortable in a completely new situation? Entering the apartment for the first time, first date sparks directly – I had this vibe in the Junior Suite Bergzauber, and when you take a breath at the balcony for the first time, before you go on the mission to unpack and put away, you already feel arrived. The only blip that threw me off a bit on the date came from the bathroom. It’s super clean, super modern, and a super modern Cinderella with a glass shoe penchant would also enthusiastically go for a swim. The bathroom door directly to the right of the entrance is made of glass, as is the toilet door diagonally behind it. There also helps the small opaque made area at chest height little that I would have liked at least a door privacy, but that’s really a matter of taste in the end.


15 p.m: Discovery walk and short snack


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Leaning pleasant: The charming outdoor terrace with a view of the valley is a relaxing place to gather impressions. Or to devote yourself to daydrinking.


Catchword taste thing: With the overnight accomodation in the context of the benefit migration in the hotel sun yard you book the runway ticket of the 3/4 Verwöhnpension with. This includes an afternoon snack, which starts at 3 p.m. (until 4:30 p.m.), and is thus the first short port of call for culinary acclimatization after check-in. So grab a round of tea or coffee, help yourself to the fine, changing selection of cakes and various (sausage) salads, and best of all head out onto the terrace. In winter, there are also lunch snacks from 12:00 to 13:00. Normally you will find a printed menu at breakfast, where you then determine your desired sequence for the evening 5-course menu. You will receive this on the day of arrival at the Genuss Hotel in Tyrol together with a glass of Prosecco and can then go through at your leisure what should jump onto the plate walking menu in the evening. How exactly the menu works, you read the same. I always like to do an orientation tour through and around the hotel on arrival, so you get a good impression of the fastest routes to the food source, the direct path to the bar and around the area. You should definitely orient yourself to the spa area.


17 p.m: SPA-Time


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In the spa area of the gourmet hotel in the Tannheim Valley, you can take a deep breath after the journey and treat yourself to a round of diving in the swimming pool with mountain views. Through the large glazed window fronts, you can watch the surrounding peaks, and while splashing around, you can already start thinking about which lanes you want to take on the dinner menu. Tip: Directly opposite the main entrance, you’ll find a cozy couples-sized lounging area in the corner, the VIP spot for chilling out, so to speak. Not that the loungers around it aren’t fine, too, but the lounge area is nice for comfortably mulling over the next culinary move. Directly connected to the sauna area of the Hotel Sonnenhof, there is a romantic mountain grotto with a 38 °C whirlpool and the spacious sauna area with a bio sauna, an alpine sauna (with a view of the Aggenstein) and a steam bath. In the small wellness garden of the hotel you can enjoy the view of the mountains in spring and summer. And those who thirst for a pleasurable massage can take the elevator to the Sky Spa on the 4th floor.


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19 p.m: Dinner


From 6.30 p.m. the kick-off for the culinary games will be at the Hotel Sonnenhof. You don’t have to worry about the respective game place, it will be assigned on the day of arrival and is then your fixed location for dinner and breakfast. The head should be able to concentrate on food and wine – smart move from the hotel. Then the journey to the unofficial world championship in uncorking can begin.


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Ready for a wine date? If you like your wine quirk, like me, you can go on an uncorking adventure at Hotel Sonnenhof.


We take a seat in the more modern area behind the buffet, where you’ll find the salads in the afternoon and the bread and cereal selection in the morning. Remember those straight-in-love vibes from the room? It’s like the place called to me – completely my style. The tidy, elegant combination of earth tones, lots of wood and alpine materials really whets the appetite. Although the one or other hunting trophy from the wall also looks into the map, but even they spread a relaxed vibe. But now to the pleasure rules at the Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän: Included in the 3/4 pampering board is a really high-quality 5-course menu in the evening, which you put together based on a map that waits early in the morning at the breakfast table. This consists of a starter, a soup, course number three you get from the salad buffet, then follows the main course and a dessert. There are three menu tracks for the indulgence downhill: the “classic” track, the “cosmopolitan” track and the “vegetarian” track. The cool thing about this is that you don’t have to choose a slope, but can switch between the categories according to your heart’s desire. So: appetizer from the “Classics” section, soup from the “Vegetarian” category, main course and dessert from the “Cosmopolitan” section. Crisscross. This is a great idea, because not everyone will like everything on this menu, and you don’t have to decide against other highlights, but for the one you’re in the mood for. How such a menu looks, shows the Hotel Sonnenhof very transparent and updated on the website – hier you’ll find an insight into the menu.

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Who needs business studies when you can study wine lists?


And then there’s the real patronage snow caterpillar that you want to jump on: the wine list. 1,150 wine positions and 70 champagne varieties at the highest level comprise the carefully constructed and expanded menu taken over from host Rainer Müller. Because you don’t want to read a Lord of the Rings novel at the table, the Hotel Sonnenhof has fairly divided the menu into two editions, one for White wine – you can view it in all details here, one other for Red wine – you can view it with all details here.

Briefly: big plus point for me, directly on the website to get such an insight, is not a matter of course. I admit: I’ve already pulled both cards before the arrival as reading, but then did not make the decision easier. The menu offers a nice selection of open wines – white, red, rosé – from Austria and France to the rest of the world, starting at a more than fair 5.50 euros for the hotel’s own bottling of the Grüner Veltliner “Fulminant” in collaboration with winemaker Alwin Jurtschitsch – but more on these special private edition wines later.

You’ve always wanted to try a special wine, but when it comes to the budget for the whole bottle, the piggy bank whistles in disgust? On the wine list there is a separate page with wines that the Hotel Sonnenhof can pour by the glass with “CORAVIN”, which are otherwise only available by the bottle in restaurants. Then, for example, you could try a glass of white wine Chassagne Montrachet AC 2014 by Phillipe Pacalet or Chardonnay The Terraces 2013 by Mayacamas. For reds, try a Tignanello 1999 from Marchesi Antinori or Sassicaia 1998 from Tenuta San Guido. The focus on the wine list is clearly on Austrian wines, but also has treasures from France, Italy, Spain or South Africa on offer. On the menu you will find all the wine classics from the Champions League, especially the famous candidates from Italy or France, which also bring the corresponding price. In addition, there is also a large adventure playground with exciting young winemakers and small but brutally fine wineries. Beginners can start here already from about 35 euros with a bottle and start from there the discovery tour.

I decided on the discovery tour at the Hotel Sonnenhof for a wine trip through Austria. My tip: who dares to ask, experiences more. Checking into a gourmet location like the Hotel Sonnenhof and getting advice from wine juggler Rainer Müller is like doing an internship with Pep Guardiola as a junior trainer. Questions are allowed. Rainer is not actively involved in service, but you can always, even during the day, just ask for him and explain where your taste journey in the glass should go and where rather not. And the service staff is also quick to clarify any queries. The rules of the game are easy: stay curious, taste, have fun. Because pictures are worth a thousand words in the end, I have visually served up the dinner menu of the first day below.


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Appetizer menu category “Cosmopolitan”: Taglioni, wild garlic, prosciutto, pork tenderloin. Or rather …


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… Appetizer menu category “Classic”: pulpo grilled in herb butter, sour cream, shallots and cherry tomatoes?


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Message in a bottle from Austria: Grandios crisp Grüner Veltliner from the Franz Hirtzberger winery in the Wachau region.


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Soup menu category “Vegetarian”: Cream of radish soup with olive tartar


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Main course menu category “Classics”: Allgäu venison loin, cranberry-pepper sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, cream polenta.


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Menu category “Classics”: Curd cheese balls with vanilla sauce.


Visually, the dishes are a highlight, beautiful details, in taste, all the flavors that you read on the map come through so. I can already state here: a 5-course menu as part of a 3/4 pampering board, which wags many à la carte dishes in other houses off the track. Because wedeln however thirsty makes, still another highlight waited for us after the meal. And of course there was wine involved.



21.00 p.m: Wine tasting


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Love of detail: the lights in the restaurant area of the Hotel-Sonnenhof.


Theoretically, wine can be exciting – but I always prefer the practical test. Keyword practical: it was a great honor when the host of the Genuss Hotel spontaneously takes time personally for a relaxed crash course on the learning content of Austrian wines. The selection of Rainer Müller in the Hotel Sonnenhof, which includes over 1300 positions, was awarded by the Gault Millau yes probably for reasons to the best wine list 2022. And so we found ourselves in the Sonnenhof’s gourmet room for a little tasting. From the point of view of interior design, it was definitely instant infatuation. The wood-patterned ceiling and details like the charming lamps alone create the kind of ambiance I’d want in classrooms. Okay, we’re in wine school, but come on. Back to the serious tasting. By the way, Rainer offers this quite normally for guest groups as well. On the right wall on the way to the elevator hangs a notice, there you can sign up, from six people the journey begins. Beforehand, a topic is agreed upon, for example Austria for advanced or Bonjour, France, and then knowledge is happily imparted and uncorked. But it could also be the other way around, no matter.


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Thanks to the tasting, for example, I was able to try a Welschriesling for the first time, which, by the way, has zero to do with Riesling. But I take my hat off to the work of winemaker Straka, the part was so crispy and clean, you feel directly transported to a picnic at the lake while the summer calls in continuous loop. Exciting how differently Austria shows itself in its wines, definitely makes curious. Did I mention that learning makes you thirsty? But where, if not in wine, is thirst for knowledge a legitimate opportunity to quench it?


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Diving into Austria’s wine world with the host: if you’re curious like me, you can take a serious look deep into the glass. It’s not called learning content for nothing.


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Together with top winemaker friends from Austria, Rainer Müller has mixed private house bottlings that can be enjoyed at the Hotel Sonnenhof, but of course also taken home.


One wine date that you should definitely make at the Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän is the in-house special bottlings that are only available at the hotel. What began over 15 years ago, now has four liquid chapters, four visually eye-catching labels and just makes you feel good. Of course, I had an investigative interview with all four wines. Together with winemaker friends from Austria, Rainer Müller has bottled wines from special sites as a private edition, and now comes the next good news: You can find the wines among the open wines on the menu. So it’s easy to have a taste, and the piggy bank doesn’t have to worry.

Part of the in-house bottling is on the one hand the Grüner Veltliner 2020 “fulminant”, from the Jurtschitsch winery, from Langlois in the Kamptal. A typical Kamptaler. The wine mixes juiciness, multilayered finesse and herbaceous spiciness. Also the variety-typical “Veltliner Pfefferl”. Lively, precise and with great fruit. The second white wine is the crispy-fresh “Lumachelle”, Morillon in collaboration with Armin Tement from Styria. Morillon is the proprietary name for Chardonnay only in Styria. Fermented spontaneously and aged for 18 months on the fine lees, puristic and independent. Multilayered aromas of chocolate and quince. In the fragrance pure minerality with elegant acid structure. Long-lived, elegant Burgundy. Exciting part!

On the red wine side you will find “Solenn”, from the Sepp Moser winery in Rohrendorf, Burgenland. A Blauer Zweigelt, spontaneously fermented, three weeks on the skins, 24 months in used barrique. Red-black sheen. Expressive nose with attractive elderberry and cherry aromas underscored with black pepper. On the palate silky tannin, powerful and elegant, Long lasting finish. Likes to date the main courses with meat from the menu. The second red wine, “Euphoria”, a cuvee of 2/3 Merlot and 1/3 Blaufränkisch from Christoph Wachter-Wiesler in Burgenland is much weightier. The proportion of Blaufränkisch were fermented with combs (vine stems). On the nose, leather and red berries. On the palate punchy, elegant and powerful. Well-integrated acidity, elegant wood. Neat punch, but give it a try!


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In addition to the pocket square, I gained a lot of new knowledge about wines. It’s simply more fun to learn with practical courses.



9.30 a.m: Breakfast


When it comes to a good start to the day, you really only have one hurdle: deciding what to put on your plate. The buffet selection at Hotel Sonnenhof is exceptionally large, offering everything you’d expect for breakfast and a few additions on top. In the front area just past the entrance, you can whip up a fruit salad from a wide selection of even exotic fruits. Dragon fruit, melon, honeydew melon, pineapple, kiwi, but also classic apples are at the start, plus spreads and co. Directly opposite is a tea bar with about 20 different varieties of a manufactory, which all have really charming names. That alone makes it worthwhile to stop for a while. Do you fancy a glass of prosecco with strawberries? That’s no problem either. In front of the wine fridge there’s a large cooler with sparkling support. A few steps further, between the two stone columns, part two of the buffet is waiting. Once through everything that is possible in bread and baked goods, plus a large selection of muesli, cheese and cold cuts. The focus for all products is to use local, regional ingredients wherever possible. Strong Action. The third breakfast half-time then starts back at the square. Cappuccino or coffee in your choice of preparation is safe anyway at the accommodation level, but in addition you can order egg dishes like omelet, fried egg or scrambled egg, all included. Or how about some Munich white sausages? Anything goes. And then there’s the decision as to which dishes will be served in the evening. So much in advance: the decision is not made easy.


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Buffet in two halves: fruit and tea in the front, baked goods and cereals waiting in the back passage.


11 a.m: Discovery Time


After breakfast is before the afternoon snack, so time to give the body a little time out. Due to the location of the hotel, you can relax and explore the surroundings, really start a hike, like we cruised by car to the nearby Haldensee, and go for a walk there, or just walk towards the valley. Or: times extensively the hotel inspect, kucken, at which place at the bar one would like to sit down in the evening for a practice study of the extensive map, or simply from the balcony enjoy the sun. Enjoy hotel has enjoy not for nothing in the title.


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When light and shadow are close together, that can also be positive at times.


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In the light-filled lounge to the left of the entrance area, you can switch off between cozy furniture and alpine patterns. or sample a wine. Even better.


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17 p.m: SPA-Time


Get into your cozy bathrobe: A short relaxation between the pleasure hikes is definitely advisable. The 38-degree pool in the grotto is always open from 1 p.m., and there’s always a free lounger at the pool at any time, so your nerves are on a break anyway. I could jump right back in when I look at the pictures. And while I’m typing this, it would also be time to think about what to wear for dinner.


Reflecting between reflections: In the spa of the Hotel Sonnenhof Grän, not only sunny dispositions find time to submerge themselves.


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Spa-Inception: After all, I love finding just such locations and perspectives when exploring hotels.


19 p.m: Dinner


By the second evening, you’re already in tune. So take a seat and let the pleasure games begin. The only question that remains is: which wine? For our menu journey, which had a seafood-influenced beginning, the Riesling Smaragd Loibner Steinertal was a really exciting choice. Not the stuff of fresh beginners, because you have to listen to the vine soundtrack for a bit before you understand the lyrics, but then all the flavor notes hit the mark. Deep, crispy, spicy, spirited yet smooth. So learning wine is fun after all. Must be praised: From the service came the tip to rather take a vintage later than selected, because that was the better year. The man was right, thank you again.


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Elegant, but anything but buttoned-up: the décor of the dining area behind the buffet at Hotel Sonnenhof matches the blazer outfit.


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Appetizer menu category “Cosmopolitan”: Two ways of the Felser oyster. As a starter! Or rather …


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Appetizer menu category “Classic”: scampi, coconut mayonnaise, ginger, iceberg lettuce, caviar?


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Soup Menu category “Cosmopolitan”: coconut curry cream soup, vegetables, chicken breast. Served with: a Glasspaßmacher Riesling Smaragd from the winery F.X Pichler.


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Main course menu category “Classic”: Tafelspitz Stroganoff, peppers, mushrooms, green pepper, buttermilk spaetzle, beetroot cream. or rather …


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.… the main course menu category “Vegetarian”: cheese dumplings from 12-month mountain cheese, brown butter, spinach, Grana Padano?


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Dessert Menu Category “Cosmopolitan”: Mango Panna Cotta Tartlet. Or would you prefer …


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… Main course menu category “Cosmopolitan”: Espresso Eclair?


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Taste in style: There is a white wine menu and a red wine menu, plus great selected open wines. Here in the glass: the hotel’s own Grüner Veltliner bottling.


21.30 p.m: Bar and wine date with balcony finish


In the bar, rustic coziness meets book-thick, contemporary bar menu.


Once you’ve slumped into the comfortable leather swivel chairs at the wooden hotel bar, it’s hard to get back up. Sure, there’s still seating at the tables, but bar is bar somehow. This menu also has the dimensions of a trilogy of novels, but that’s just the way everything that’s exciting is at the start. This ranges from the pure spirits to the drinks. Here, too, Hotel Sonnenhof sprinkles a pinch of its own initiative into the glass. It was at Lockdown that the idea of creating their own gin was born. Since then, there has been a Mrs. Juniper Soho and a Mr. Juniper Soho (Soho as in Sonnenhof). But if you ask politely, it’s also feasible to take your started bottle to your room, and enjoy the last two glasses on the balcony. If one pursues the lights of the bulldozer above at the ski slope with the good gulp of Austrian wine, that has already something special. That’s the beauty of such a close, down-to-earth hotel: you have the freedom to do what you like.


Multifunctional element in our room, the Junior Suite Bergzauber: the balcony.


A balcony with elements in my beloved black & white look – that must send out relaxed vacation vibes. Of course, with hotel stories you also have quiet phases, legitimately, but despite everything it’s work, you’re constantly on the go with alert eyes to capture exciting impressions of the location and collect impressions that you then write about. Places like the balcony here in the Junior Suite Bergzauber I just appreciate very much, because you can look at the action around the entrance area and the sun terrace during the day, and in the evening cozy still a nightcap. Recording all these moments is what makes every Gentlemens Journey so exciting. And now: lean back and look forward to the next wine.


Charming still life: the Hotel Sonnenhof at night.



9.30 a.m: Breakfast

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Not getting full at breakfast is truly a Mission Impossible.


New round, new luck: You can easily eat something different for breakfast every day for three days, and it never gets boring. The only thing that remains the same is that you briefly feel immobile afterwards. But you know that feeling from dinner, too. So, before you leave, try out the different options with a clear conscience.


10.30 a.m: Check out and farewell to Hotel Sonnenhof


Parking out at Hotel Sonnenhof Grän is much more difficult than parking in.


The important thing right away: Normal checkout is at 10:30, then you should have released the room. If you had such a connection with a room – with the bathroom I book myself a couple therapy, but even that will work out – then the parting is really hard. But to feel at home in a foreign country so quickly is also an achievement, and the Hotel Sonnenhof in Grän really succeeded. This was clearly due to the fresh and elegant rooms, the cool balcony and the cooking performance at the really very fair price-performance ratio, but to a large extent also due to the approachable host Rainer, who had an open ear and smart answers for every wine question, no matter how stupid it was. And of course the charming service team from the reception to the restaurant. In the end, it’s not fat gold fittings, expensive burgers, wellness areas the size of three soccer fields or a wine list with over 1,200 wines that make me want to come back to a hotel, but the personalities behind the location. In the truest sense of the word.


Even though you always look forward, I always like to look back here – and hopefully soon again. To a glass, or two.


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Hotel Sonnenhof, Grän: What you need to know


Stylish, but unexcitingly exciting: this applies to both the rooms and the cuisine at Hotel Sonnenhof.


  • In winter, the hotel is located between the ski station and a large parking lot for skiers, so the action around, in front of the terrace and under the balcony can sometimes be bigger. But that subsides in the late afternoon and inside in the oasis of pleasure you notice nothing of it anyway.
  • There are two larger parking lots, directly opposite the hotel and down in front of the driveway.
  • For arrival and unloading suitcases, there are three parking spaces on the right along the driveway to the hotel for short-term parking.
  • There is no dress code. Please don’t wear a bathrobe to dinner, otherwise the real word here is: just be who you are.
  • Opposite the reception, there are various gourmet magazines. You can borrow them and take them to your room.
  • On the wall on the way to the elevator you’ll find notices about daily specials and events like Rainer’s wine tastings.


Hotel Sonnenhof, Grän: What i love


Although the hat is on my head, I tip my hat to the culinary passion at Hotel Sonnenhof.


  • The rooms redesigned with sensitivity and modern touches, such as our Junior Suite Superior Bergzauber.
  • The ultra comfortable bed.
  • The approachable host and wine collector Rainer Müller, who imparts down-to-earth wine knowledge in an entertaining way.
  • The exciting wine menu, which invites you to discover and learn.
  • The hotel’s own wine bottlings – a must try.
  • The large buffet selection
  • The high choice possibility with the 5-course dinner – the categories “classic”, “cosmopolitan” and “vegetarian” are interpreted excitingly and offer many possibilities to combine one’s taste
  • Appearance, size and taste of the dishes
  • Dishes like oyster at an appetizer in a 3/4 pension – extraordinary and smartly implemented
  • The attentive, authentic and smart staff. You are asked after each course if you want to continue directly or take a short break. In addition, habits such as choice of water or the wine choice of the last evening are remembered.
  • The really freshly designed toilets in the basement.
  • The hotel size: small but nice, not too big to get lost, but enough space to do your own thing.
  • The location as a starting point: spots like Haldensee or Vilsalpsee are only a few kilometers away.
  • The price-performance ratio.


Video-Highlights: Hotel Sonnenhof at Tannheimer Tal



Hotel Sonnenhof, Grän: travel itinary


The Hotel Sonnenhof in the Tannheimer Tal in Tyrol is located about two hours by car from Munich and can be reached without a vignette. Prices start at around 135 euros per night / person including 3/4 pampering board.

Note: the Hotel Sonnenhof closes its doors for a few weeks, renovates decently a few more rooms, and then opens the doors again with the utmost gourmet verve on May 13. So: Who got appetite, goes times on cuddle course with its piggy bank and looks for itself a temporal pleasure window starting from in the middle of May.

Opening offer for the reopening in May: 7 nights incl. Sonnenhof 3/4 pampering board, guided hikes with mountain guide, free mountain railroad travel in summer (with the open railroads), free hiking backpack and pole rental, WLAN, the Sonnenhof inclusive services. In addition, the Hotel Sonnehof invites guests to a cozy evening in the inn “Das Müllers” as part of the opening, for a surcharge of 20.00 euros per person – the inn was awarded 2 toques and 14 points. Guests also receive a wellness voucher of 40.00 euros for a massage or similar upon arrival. Price: from 875 euros, more under sonnenhof-tirol.com


* Press invitation, the story was created with wine-friendly support of the Hotel Sonnenhof Grän, but as always reflects my honest opinion.

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