BIO Organic Producer
„If you talk about nature, it’s important to remain down-to-earth.“
Grinding the scythe
Karl mows by hand at the ditch
Closing the hail net
Applying pheromones for the pheromone confusion method to control pest
So many useful insects
Naturno has a very particular location. It is close to the spa town of Merano and directly below the vast mountain peaks of the Texel Group. This is the spot in the Val Venosta which receives the most sunny days in the year and where Karl Klotzner has built up his business, which he now runs with his son. He owns most of the land he works and leases a little too. Karl is clear about what he likes most in his work: "taking care of the space between the rows. It's as if my circuits need earthing, and this is what gets me into contact with the earth." He has done many continuous education courses which have all sharpened his understanding of environmental inter-relationships. Karl converted to organic farming in 2000 with the desire to produce apples in a way which is close to nature. Protecting the soil is the most eloquent argument in favour of organics. Karl opines that "the earth is not there to be consumed. We have to work with it. Only then will we be able to leave a natural environment to the next generation in which they will be able to grow anything worthwhile".
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 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
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
December - July
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape