Törggelen – a tradition we love!
If you’ve never heard of „Törggelen“ before, you’ve definitely missed something. The old tradition from South Tyrol is still popular today and works like a magnet for tourists wanting to join… but joining on what exactly?
The term „Törggelen“ comes from the word „Torggl“, dialect for „wine press“, derived from the latin word „torquere“ meaning „rotating“. In the past all those helpers of the grape harvest in late autumn were invited to taste the newly produced wine. Today „Suser“ (new wine before fermentation) and new wine („Nuir“) still accompany the hearty meals with bacon, smoked meat, Kaminwurzen, rye bread, cheese and many more specialties. For dessert you may enjoy the traditional „Keschtn“: roasted chestnuts with butter. A true celebration! Not surprising that this tradition is still popular today…
Wine and wellness?
In the midst of the Sesto Dolomites in the Hochpustertal in South Tyrol you’ll find the Leitlhof. The hotel is the perfect base for a wine tour and celebration ad libitdum. Here you’ll also get the best tips for good and authentic restaurants to try Törggelen for yourself. When struggling with a hangover the next day, you may try an arnica oil bath or a South Tyrollean hay bath. As soon as you’ve regained some strength make sure to visit the popular Three Peaks. From 1st to 8th October 2017 guests of the Leitlhof can even use the Three Peaks gondola lift for free. The fresh and clear autumn air is responsible for the breathtaking panoramic view over the Alps.
It’s chestnut time
The Josephus, a luxurious lodge with apartments, is located in the Schnalstal, in the west of South Tyrol. Far away from home and your daily life you can truly relax and calm down. However, Törggelen is not that far from here either: in only 40 to 50 minutes you’re in Lana, Völlan, Tisens or Prissian. What makes these villages so special, is the famous event „Keschntriggl“ taking place during Törggelen-time. Various dishes are being prepared, all of them focusing on the Tisner chestnut. Be it a chestnut heart or chestnut strudel, you’ll definitely take home some inspirations to try out there.