Last load of grapes
Region: Southern South Tyrol
Sooner or later even the longest (harvest) season is over. If you would like to make the most of this time and all related pleasures before the last apples, potatoes, corncobs and above all grapes are gathered, shouldn’t miss the festival of the "last load of grapes" – a special tradition in the wine village Girlan.
In order to put symbolically an end to this year’s grape harvest, on Saturday 13th October 2018 the last load of grapes will be brought on a decorated veteran tractor in the little village near Eppan.
The colorful parade starts at 2 pm and runs from the Girlaner Street to the church square in the village center. It will be accompanied by the local band and a number of people wearing historical costumes and carrying old equipment of the grape harvest.
Relic wine press
Observed by the strict "Saltner" – the traditional custodian of the vineyard in Southern South Tyrol – and in the presence of many spectators the freshly harvested grapes are pressed in an old wine press. Of course, you can immediately taste the grape juice – as well as some good drops of wine of the local wineries, roasted chestnuts, speck rolls and home-made sweet fritters.
After this, from 4 pm there takes place a popular "Törggele" festival organized by the band of Girlan in the historical inn Glögghof. Also there you can enjoy new wine, hot chestnuts and other typical autumn specialties. For all those, who still want to "harvest" something, on Sunday there is scheduled a proper morning pint.