Törggelen: Autumn Treat in South Tyrol


The word “Torrgl” means a wooden wine press, which has been used in the old days for wine-making. “Torggl” is derived from the Latin verb “torquere” (wind, twist) or respectively from the substantive “torculum” meaning a turning press. By using this tool in those days 750 l grape juice was extracted form approx. 1000 kg of grapes.

The expression “törggellen” (a verb which has changed its meaning somewhat) evolved later from the substantive Torrgl.

When the new vintage is being sampled in fall, several items are sold to the guests by the wine makers. Torgellen specifies an ancient custom at which during the grape harvest people walk from village to village to taste the new wine as “Sußer” – meaning sweet.

With it, usually “Keschten”, sweet chestnuts, nuts, farmer’s style breads, Vinschger bread, bacon, smoked sausage, and other delicacies from South Tyrolian kitchen are being enjoyed.

From mid October to beginning of November it is possible to participate in organized Törggelle- excursions from Bolzano, Tramin, Klausen or Brixen as starting points. One should definitely plan on participating in one of these Törggelle - excursions as they will guarantee a wonderful experience and a long lasting memory.

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The Ladinians are very proud of their culture and traditions. Find out more about it at the local history museum of Val Gardena and at the exhibit of arts and crafts of Val Gardena.