Chestnuts old and new

The young wine impatiently waits its turn to be poured into its glass from the barrel, while the chestnuts too know their time has come. The golden autumn in the Eisack Valley is not just a delight for the eyes – but also for the palate.

Traditional fare

In autumn it is impromptu taverns and ancient farmhouses that lie at the heart of the culinary programme, with the long-established custom of “törggelen” opening the season. This, the tasting of new wine accompanied by chestnuts, is not merely a tradition in Villanders: this is where it all began. Thus every year sees the preparation and enjoyment of dumplings, sauerkraut and chestnuts, homemade specialties, new wine and – as a relief for a bulging stomach – home-brewed schnapps.

Autumn delights in the alleyways

The conviviality of törggelen, which has long been adopted by other regions, is not only celebrated in traditional establishments in the Eisack Valley. The artists’ town of Klausen for example invites visitors to enjoy this custom outdoors with the Gassltörggelen, a culinary celebration in its alleyways, with the beloved chestnut afforded especial attention in autumn: creativity also flourishes at the Chestnut Weeks and the numerous events of the Keschtnigl. With all the excitement about chestnuts, however, a very different fruit still attracts a certain degree of attention: the Barbian Plum Weeks and fruit festival offer the chance to savour this sweet, purple temptation by way of a change.

A trail of good taste

But there is far more to the love of chestnuts than just eating them as the multi-hued autumn landscape offers plenty to experience and enjoy, with customs featuring these little brown treats.

The Chestnut Trail, Törggele Hike and wine walks are as good as their names suggest, with colourful autumn vistas and insights into a culture that is truly one to savour.

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