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Autumnal South Tyrol

01.10.2018 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Active
 
The mild temperatures, stable weather conditions and excellent visibility all make this, the third season, ideal both for cycling and for walking at medium altitudes. Across the land the apple and grape harvests, known here as “wimmen”, are in full swing.

A related and very special custom is that of “törggelen”.This term originally comes from the name for the wine press, the “Torggl”, from the Latin torquare “to turn”. This centuries-old tradition sees the new wine being tasted in convivial surroundings at South Tyrol’s numerous farmhouse wine shops. The wine is not yet finished: it is in fact grape must, pressed from white or red varieties, that has only just begun to ferment. The resulting carbon dioxide gives the new wine a sparkling taste, initially like a grape “lemonade” or sweet sparkling wine. It is accompanied by typical South Tyrolean dishes such as Schlutzkrapfen (pasta pockets), dumplings, spiced meat and locally-made sausages served with sauerkraut – and of course chestnuts and sweet fritters.

The South Tyrolean chestnut trails represent a special autumnal experience. The “Keschtnweg” in the Eisack Valley extends from Neustift Abbey near Brixen along the slopes of the valley to the Ritten high plateau, then down to the Bozen valley basin and Runkelstein Castle. It leads through brightly coloured mixed woodlands, lush green meadows and imposing chestnut groves, past artistic and natural monuments as well as fabled places evocative of witches, fairies and ghosts.

The South Tyrolean Chestnut Trail in the village of Völlan above Lana is an easy-to-walk circuit that runs through picturesque chestnut groves south of Meran in the hills around Tisens. Ten panels, some of them interactive, tell visitors all about chestnuts, chestnut trees and the various types of fruit they produce.
 
 
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