The landscape around of Chiusa/Klausen 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 - the Chestnut Trail
- 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!
But the chestnuts not only taste good, they are also rich in essential amino acids, potassium and the vitamins B2 and B3. Here, on the sunny slopes of the Southern Eisack Valley, the tasty nuts thrive particularly well. For this reason, the chestnut village Velturno/Feldthurns dedicates three weeks to the chestnuts - the "Keschtnigl".