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Courses on wild herbs in the Giau Pass 2024 / The Taste of Nature

July sees the return of our eagerly awaited courses on local wild herbs, organised by the Da Aurelio restaurant in the Giau Pass. The courses, which are open to everyone, are held by experts Heinrich Abraham and Michele Da Pozzo, with the assistance of talented guest chefs.

There are four dates again this year. La Cave and Cortina Bevande will be our partners and we are thrilled to announce that four famous chefs will be joining Luigi Dariz’s team in the kitchen to prepare four exclusive dinners, promising a truly memorable evening at Da Aurelio.


Tuesday or Wednesday, 2 | 3 July 2024

Botany and foraging | The herbalist Heinrich Abraham, one of the leading experts in medicinal plants in South Tyrol, will hold two courses on wild mountain herbs, sharing his knowledge of their properties, active ingredients and how they can be used in the kitchen.

Tuesday or Wednesday, 9 | 10 July 2024

Environment and sustainability | Michele Da Pozzo, Forestry graduate and Director of the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites, will take participants on a journey to discover local biodiversity, explaining the effects climate change is having on it and illustrating the unique features of the local flora.


Participants are asked to select the date they prefer.

The courses will follow the schedule below on all four dates:

  • 2.30 pm – meet at the Da Aurelio restaurant in the Giau Pass for a short presentation
  • 3.00 pm – lesson on the active ingredients of the plants
  • 4.00 pm – transfer to Melei (approx. 2 km from the restaurant), where you will set off on a guided walk in the Giau Pass. The routes chosen by Heinrich Abraham and Michele Da Pozzo will be different.

Along the way, the guides will point out the most common edible wild herbs, you will learn how to recognise them and how to use them in the kitchen.

The technique used to extract essential oils from the herbs will also be illustrated with the use of a distiller.

  • Approx. 6.30 pm – cocktail at the Da Aurelio refuge. Participants will enjoy a wine tasting with canapés (in collaboration with La Cave and Cortina Bevande), while skilled bartenders from ‘Il Faro’ and ‘Hotel De Len’ in Cortina d’Ampezzo will also be serving creative cocktails.

Participants who have decided to stay for dinner will enjoy an exclusive menu featuring wild herbs created by Luigi Dariz and his staff.

Guest chefs

This year, we are thrilled to welcome four guest chefs: Tuesday 2 July we will be joined by Chris Oberhammer (Tilia restaurant, Dobbiaco, 1 Michelin star), Wednesday 3 July Andrea Valentinetti (La posa degli agri restaurant, Polverara), Tuesday 9 July Andrea Irsara (La Stüa dla La restaurant, Badia) and Wednesday 10 July Alessandro Favrin (Seda restaurant, Vittorio Veneto).

Info & reservations

The course and aperitif costs €70 and the whole experience (course, cocktail and dinner in the refuge in the Giau Pass) €140. Courses are paid for on the day.

Due to the nature of the event, it is for adults only. We regret that dogs are not allowed.

There are a limited number of places, so booking is compulsory.

To take part, click one of the links below to register and choose your date and preference: course + aperitif/cocktail or course + aperitif/cocktail + dinner.

 ▷ Corso erbe con Heinrich Abraham – martedì 2 luglio 2024

 ▷ Corso erbe con Heinrich Abraham – mercoledì 3 luglio 2024

 ▷ Corso erbe con Michele Da Pozzo – martedì 9 luglio 2024

 ▷ Corso erbe con Michele Da Pozzo – mercoledì 10 luglio 2024