A Truly Unique Gourmet Region
The landscape in the vicinity of Klausen/Chiusa, Feldthurns/Velturno, Villanders/Villandro, Barbian/Barbiano, Lajen/Lajon is a true paradise for gourmets and wine connoisseurs. The chestnut tree orchards and vineyards of the mid Eisack Valley are home to real treasures.
The enormous chestnut trees along the orchard paths were once the source of nuts – a nutritious food capable of being stored for lengthy periods of time, thus ensuring the survival of the poor farmers of this region during the long, cold winters. Today, these so-called "Keschtn" are an indispensable and delicious part of the gourmet cuisine of this area, lending South Tyrolean dishes a whole new flavor!
The high mineral content of the soil, the large temperature fluctuations between warmer days and cooler mountain nights, and the real passion our farmers display in cultivating this multi-facetted source of nutrition explain the success story of the chestnut, which has attracted international attention. You really ought to try this delicious food of the Eisack Valley!