Pircher Christine Maria
BIO Organic Producer – Mairhof Management: Patrik Gamper
„Sun, clean air and special apples. What more could you want from life?“
The slopes of Sonnenberg
Christine and Patrik in the apple orchard with a view of Schlanders
Organic apples are a family hobby
This habitat is a paradise for humans and animals alike
Looking after the trees is important all year round
Christine Maria Pircher, landowner in Silandro, has entrusted her small orchards to the expert hands of Patrik Gamper.
Patrik inherited it from his great-grandfather who started in 1890 and was one of the very first to do so in the whole of the Val Venosta. Nowadays, his wife and father Sepp also work hard in the family business to ensure that Pinova, Gala, Golden Delicious, Topaz, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Jonagold and Idared varieties all ripen together in the warm sunshine. Patrik gained his knowledge about organic varietal nurturing at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture. His view today is that: "In 1993, my father Sepp made the right decision to move to organic farming". Careful attention to health issues and environmental sustainability underpins everything. And this will continue: "My apple orchards must go on being a natural place to work."
Where I live
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.