wintery wonder in poschiavo

Southeast of St. Moritz is a remarkable little town called Poschiavo in the Graubünden canton. Accessible on the Bernina Express, which begins in Chur and terminates in Tirano, Italy is well worth the effort, especially if you kick your legs out on the train and watch the incredible landscape wash by your window. Craving a little change after the festivities of Christmas and New Year, we took a little journey to this Italian-speaking locale and soon saw ourselves in the grip of a snow heavy spell while Zürich became quite balmy as of New Year’s Eve.

Surrounded by mountains, intersected by the Poschiavino River, there seems to be a disproportionate number of excellent eateries and organic labels – 87% of the Valposchiavo farmland products are certified by Bio-Suisse. During the heavy snowfall we were content to hunker down and be catered to by the staff of the Hotel Albrici, a palace dating back to 1682, and its neighbouring bodega, Hostaria del Borgo both in terms of local charm and delectables. The previous four photographs above were all taken at their unfussy but magnificently stocked delicatessen and cellar.

My only complaint: we didn’t stay quite long enough. A few more days snowed in and forced to work our way through the cellars and storerooms of the local shops and take some more photographs, would have been most welcome. So for now, arrivederci, Poschiavo. I look forward to our next meeting, perhaps when your pastel coloured buildings and ornate doors are encroached upon by the vibrant green of spring and I can wander a little farther and work off more of the digestible insulation padding my belly.