As “Törggelen” comes from the Latin term “torculum” (pressing wine), it is obvious that the South Tyrolean Wine Road is a stronghold of this autumnal custom.
The South Tyrolean Wine Road does not have its name by chance. In this area in the south of South Tyrol, the vines thrive particularly well. Here they enjoy plenty of sunbeams and often calcareous soil. The grapes form a perfect basis for the best wines. The winemakers have also discovered this and are passionate about exploiting these advantages. So far - so good!
The term “Törggelen” has its root in the Latin term “torquere” which gave its name to the ancient wine press, the “Torggl”. Originally, Törggelen was a joint tasting of the new wine with the neighbours, or a thanksgiving meal with everyone who helped with the harvest. Here, too, the new wine and must were tasted. There are at least two versions of the origin of this tasty custom.
The fact is, that the farmers of the villages from Nalles until Appiano, Caldaro, Termeno and further down to Salorno do not grow only fruit but above all wine. So there is enough new wine here in autumn. Another fact is that the sweet chestnuts thrive optimally in this area. Grown wild or sometimes even in their own groves, the reddish-brown fruit, which is often still in its prickly yellow protective cover when collected, can be found on hikes through the mixed forests in the Val d’Adige valley, in the Oltradige area and the Bassa Atesina. Some farmers also sell cultivated varieties.
The combination of the cider or the new wine with the sweet, nutty fruits of the forest is a special experience. At the “Törggelen” - and now we get to the point - this (usually) dessert is combined with a hearty meal. The cosy get-together is often the result of a leisurely hike through the autumnal colourful landscape. Taverns and inns are the typical locations where the fitting snacks (Marende) and other delicacies such as dumplings, barley soup, sauerkraut and co. are served. With the matching wine and the “Keschtn” (sweet chestnuts) and “Suser” (cider) in the end, this get-together becomes a perfect pleasure!
As one of the three main areas for the “Törggelen” in South Tyrol, the South Tyrolean Wine Road is particularly recommended. But there is a wide choice: Also in the Valle Isarco valley and in Merano and surroundings - also called Burgraviato - the “Törggele” tradition is an important part of autumn!