BIO Organic Producer
“A real fan of organic.”
The family helps out at harvest time.
You can tell a Golden Delicious grown in the hills by how rosy it is.
The apples are carefully twisted upwards in picking
A satisfied look at an apple crate
Organic farming is a labour of love
Alliz is at the foot of the Monte Sole Mountain, at the north end of a scree cone which has been brought down the mountain over millennia of erosion by the legendary Gadria torrent. Hartwig Spechtenhauser is the third generation of his family to run the business. His main job is as a commercial artist and he runs his organic farm on the side. However, he is a farmer at heart. He likes the whole deal: working outdoors with nature, watching the plants grow and being able to influence the quality of that growth. The Val Venosta is known for Golden Delicious with red cheeks, but the ones here are especially pronounced. Hartwig has been working organically since 2006, benefiting from his natural hedges and the proximity of the mountain forest. This is the only approach which he considers to be valid for his orchards. He calls himself a "fan of organics" and takes care over his own food. Organics allow Hartwig to associate the protection of flora and fauna on his own land, thereby guaranteeing sustainability.
Where I live
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.