BIO Organic Producer – Winkelguat
„Steadiness, personal commitment, passion.“
Ripe and ready to harvest
Presorting the apples
Every full apple crate counts.
One last look at the harvested apples
Winkelguathof Farm is a family business
The Winkelgut farm is in Colsano at the foot of Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. There are dry stone walls in these orchards which are steeped in history, as they were built using the remains of the Via Claudia Augusta Roman road. Thomas always wanted to become a farmer. He went to the Laimburg technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in South Tyrol and took over the farm from his father in 1997. He is the third generation of his family to run the property. The hills around the Winkelgut farm now have flourishing, organic-certified Gala, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Fuji trees "and I am the biggest fan of each of these varieties". Thomas worked for a long time on converting the farm to organics. He has been optimising varietal selection for decades. "To do that," he reckons, "you need to put in a lot of thought and personal effort." That is the reason why his work is so engaging. For him it is particularly important to ensure that health aspects are at the centre of everything he does. "Organic production is very well suited to setting up a closed-cycle system." And this is what Thomas would like to safeguard.
Where I live
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
September - March
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
October - May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
The classic delicious
Golden Delicious is our main variety and, therefore, the queen of Val Venosta apples. That the most popular apple has a real quality, can be seen in its lovely red cheek. By the way, this is typical of fruits on a hillside.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
The juicy all-terrain
For a small snack between meals or used in many ways in the kitchen and bakery: The Braeburn is a true all-terrain. Be patient with it, as it develops its full aroma only after several storage months.
October - May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing