The custom of the Törggelen is a typical appearance in South Tyrol: Wherever wine grows, it takes place.
The Törggelen in South Tyrol especially takes place in the Valle Isarco valley, Burgraviato area, in Bolzano and surroundings and of course along the South Tyrolean Wine Road. In fact, everywhere where wine grows. The origin of the Törggele custom is not quite clear. Some say that the farmers once wanted to thank their helpers for their commitment to the harvest. Of course they offered them a good Marende snack and the new wine had to be tasted. Others talk about neighbours who were invited to the cellars or parlours to enjoy the new wine together. Probably both "truths" overlap, because the neighbours might have been the said helpers.
Valle Isarco valley:
Here, mainly white wine such as the Silvaner is grown. Some people say that the Törggelen originated in the Valle Isarco valley. Here some farms only open their parlours in autumn to provide a rustic setting for a convivial get-together. These locations are very popular and a visit can be combined perfectly with a hike. Velturno, Villandro and Laion are the strongholds of the Törggele custom. Through the Valle Isarco valley, the well-known “Keschtnweg” path proceeds through sweet chestnut groves. Events on the topic of sweet chestnuts are also on offer.
Merano and surroundings and Lower Val Venosta valley:
Here the sweet chestnuts grow, here the wine thrives. In the Burgraviato, especially in the villages of Tesimo, Prissiano, Tirolo, Lana and surroundings and also in Naturno and Castelbello in the lower Val Venosta valley. Traditional Törggele meals are offered, which can be perfectly combined with an autumnal hike before or afterwards.
South Tyrolean Wine Road:
Also in the villages from Bolzano to Salorno, sweet chestnut groves and inns can be found, which prepare themselves for the Törggele period with diligence and dedication. The wine flows by itself, you can taste the "Susen" (must), the "Nuien" (new wine) and many other noble wines. Along the Wine Road, the sun usually shines until well into November and especially in the Oltradige, Appiano and Caldaro and the Bassa Atesina from Termeno to Salorno, hiking is almost a must.
In San Genesio, above Bolzano, there are some of the oldest chestnut trees in South Tyrol. It is said, that in former times every sweet chestnut tree brought one person through the winter. Today, locals and guests are happy about the very good quality of the local sweet chestnuts. In San Genesio, during the Chestnut Weeks in autumn, it’s all about the delicate nutty fruit.