Slowly but surely the days grow shorter. The lush green turns to the bright colours of autumn. It is the best time for hiking in the mountains of the Eisacktal (Valle Isarco). The view is rarely so clear as on cool autumn evenings. The pumpkins ripen in the garden and we bring the cattle back from the high pasture to the Messnerhof, where they can graze outdoors for another two months. Törggelen feasts, which celebrate the grape harvest, offer roasted chestnuts and a range of traditional specialities.