Name (also Torggl or Torkel) for the already known to the Romans tree press, which was still widely used until the Middle Ages. The name derives from the Latin "torquere" (turning), since the tree was lowered by turning. In southwestern Germany and in Switzerland, this is the name Trotte common. The Roman politician and writer Cato the Elder (234-149 BC) described the construction of such a press very accurately. The grapes were first stamped with their feet or pounded with flasks and then exposed to the lever pressure of a 12 to 14 meter long, heavy oak trunk.
In South-Tirol is still the term "torggeln" or "torggln" for the Press of the grapes in use. A plowed custom there in a cozy get-together with genus of hearty meals and wines is called Toerggelen, The picture above shows a tree press in the castle Salem (former Cistercian Monastery ) in to bathe - Wuerttemberg from 1706 with about 11 meters long "Torkelbaum". The picture below shows a tree limb in the castle Rocca d'Angera on Lake Maggiore ( Lombardy ). See also below Customs in viticulture,