Bregenzerwald is not only an absolutely beautiful part of Vorarlberg, but it is home to a whole culinary world. It is a certified Austrian gourmet region, with the aim of reminding people of its regional specialities (from regional ingredients to production), and in particular the alpine cheese. However there is so much more than just the cheese, and if you can’t get into Bregenzerwald to sample this for yourself, then have no fear you can pick up a huge array of regional specialities at Culinara either online or at their Feldkirch or Bregenz shop.
I had previously visited the store in Bregenz in order to buy a gift for a friend leaving Vorarlberg to remind her of her time here, and so when I was in Feldkirch I took the opportunity to stock up my own cupboards with some of Bregenzerwalds finest.
The Feldkirch store is a little bigger than the one in Bregenz, but both are like walking into a treasure trove of goodies. What will draw your eye first is the rows of various decanters, in clay and glass encasing all kinds of intriguing oils and vinegars. Some traditional like walnut and grapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar and some not so common, like hazelnut oil, apple, elderflower and lime vinegar or orange vinegar with champagne, or maybe beer balsam, fig vinegar or honey and walnut vinegar will take you fancy. If you like cooking you will draw so much inspiration from here with all of the flavour combinations. You can also pick up pasta, a variety of herbs, pestos and sauces.
If cooking is not really your thing, but drinking is, then you are in the right place. Behind the counter are large glass decanters full of beautiful liquors and schnapps. Think baked apple, cappucino, champagne truffle, whiskey cream, apricot nougat and sour cherry liquor, or schnapps with honey, apricot or plum. As these are just a little bit more special than what you would pick up in Spar expect
to pay a little more, however in order to make sure you pick the right flavour and you are not disappointed you are welcomed to try samples before you buy. You are also invited to pick out a decorative glass bottle to take your bounty home in. They handwrite the flavour on the bottle adding a personalised touch and so these make a perfect gift, or simply a treat for yourself.
As I browsed the aisles the chocolate and biscuit section caught my eye, how could it not. The „Gsiberger Luxury Chocolates“, are produced with unique, regional fillings including berry and beer and are displayed like a wheel of cheese. I also got to sample one of their other speciality chocolates, an intensely rich dark fudgey chocolate, shaped like a Bundt cake, which quickly turned my browsing into buying. They also stock a large range of the local favourite Fenkart chocolate.
Their fridges are naturally brimming with cheeses from the Bregenzerwald Cheese trial, as well as ham and sausages, or you can purchase a gift box full of wine and cheese.
As I neared the register I then came across their tea selection. I must have stood infront of this for over ten minutes as they had so many to choose from, and with the weather being so cold at the minute it has brought the true Brit out in me and we are drinking an unbelievable amount of tea at home. Therefore I stocked up my basket and headed for the register.
Aside from their many enticing edible offerings, you can also buy a good amount of non edible gifts, such as lipbalm made from the local honey, hand cream or bath cream.
Therefore if you want to treat someone to a truly beautiful and indulgent gift that epitomises the essence of Vorarlberg or you just want to stock your kitchen with local specialities, there is no better place to go than Culinara.
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