A traditional and symbolic event celebrates the end of the grape harvest in the village of Cornaiano, a district of Appiano.
Image gallery: The last cartload of grapes
The ritual has a long tradition: In mid-October, when most of the grapes on the South Tyrolean Wine Road have already been harvested and stored in the cellars, one last load is brought in as in earlier times. It symbolises the successful end of the current harvest. A tractor brings this "last load of grapes" to the Cornaiano Church Square (Kirchplatz Girlan), where a "Torggl", an old wine press, waits to press the grapes into must. Every year the grape transport is decorated with a harvest wreath on which a new saying of a local artist can be read.
The procession is accompanied by a Saltner, the historical guardian of the vineyards, the music band of Cornaiano and by farmers dressed in "Sarner and Schurz" (woollen jacket and blue apron) as in the old days. Afterwards, the Törggelefest is celebrated with local wines from the Cornaiano wineries, must and "Susser" (the new, not yet fully fermented wine), roasted chestnuts and typical culinary delicacies such as barley soup, Krapfen and South Tyrolean bacon. Enjoy!