BIO Organic Producer – Alberhof
„Nature always behaves right.“
Beehives – a lot of work for a lot of pleasure
Frost irrigation protects the blossoms from the cold
Apple trees become ice sculptures
In the sheep yard
Burkhard on his tractor
There are some truly distinctive features in Val Venosta including the meadows at Oris with their rare plants and the Croda Jenne rock face with its galleries where pure white marble is quarried. Burkhard Alber's farm is here in this special, natural world. His family purchased it 200 years ago. In 1998, Burkhard converted from livestock over to organic apples. For many small farmers at the time this was an uncertain challenge, but for Burkhard it was a practical philosophy which still governs the steady ripening of his apples today. The rhythm here allows nature to work its own magic and prevents humans from intervening and taking over. Burkhard's top quality organic Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Pinova and Idared apples are totally at ease in these traditional orchards, which also include heritage pear varieties. This natural garden is Burkhard Alber's personal retreat and he leaves it to its own beautiful devices. Because what nature does, he says, will be good for sure.
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
The Val Venosta resistant
The Pinova with its red vermilion-red skin is a typical apple of Val Venosta. Not only is it colourful, it also has a very balanced flavour. Thanks to its long durability, it offers you unlimited fruit enjoyment until the summer season.
January - July
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
Minneiska / SweeTango™
Summer in an apple
Juicy and sweet, with tropical notes and fruity notes of pineapple, banana, and fennel seeds.
September - November
Base color yellow, covering color ruby red with lenticels.
Pleasant texture, juicy and crunchy.
Notes of pineapple, banana and fennel seeds dominate the aromatic profile. Balanced in sweetness and acidity.
WA38 / Cosmic Crisp®
Heavenly attractive in appearance and taste. Pleasant summer fruitiness with aromas of green grass, kiwi and gooseberry.
February – April
Dark red-purple blush on a yellow-bright base color.
Very crunchy, particularly juicy and with a hard paring.
Sweet-sour; balanced taste. Aromas of green grass, kiwi and gooseberry.
Pears are fruits with ancient origins. The Greek poet Homer described them as a sweet gift from God. In the sunny climate of Val Venosta, these fruits develop an enveloping sweetness and an aromatic heart. The pear is considered a versatile and vitamin-rich fruit, as well as easily digestible, to be enjoyed at any time of day.
Spherical, pear- or bell-shaped, with green, sometimes yellow or reddish skin