BIO Organic Producer – Kleinlehen
„You need an excellent tree to produce an excellent apple.“
Father and daughter in the apple orchard
Preparing the holiday let for guests
It's easier to manage the business together
It's fun to watch the geese
The Kleinlehen estate is in Stava, near Naturno and it also offers farmstay holidays. It has been in the Mayr family for generations. In the past they farmed livestock, apricots and grain, as was typical in the Val Venosta. The farm still has a grain mill which harks back to that time. Today the orchards are planted with Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Roho and Gala apples, and Gerhard would like to increase the number of red-skinned varieties in the future. He has run Kleinlehen as a organic-certified farm since 2006. Gerhard's motivation was to minimize the agricultural inputs into the growing process as much as possible and he wanted to sell completely healthy products. Every year in spring, when the weather gets a bit kinder, Gerhard starts to lay the foundations for a healthy apple harvest. Planting young apple trees is his favourite job. "Val Venosta's nature does a lot of the rest. I know I can rely on it for everything."
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
from October to 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.
from October to November
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
The beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
from October to March
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
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.
from October to 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