BIO Organic Producer – Ortlerhof
„Organic is the real key to success.“
Using a lift to harvest the fruit from the tops of the trees
Gently emptying the picking basket
Harvesting by hand
Checking the size of the apple
A tractor is an important tool
Ciardes village is perched on a scree cone at the foot of the Monte Sole Mountain, and is steeped in tradition. Christoph Ausserer's farm has been here since 1327 and has been in the family since 1600. It is still family-run today and father and son share the work between them. In the past there were pears, apricots and vineyards here, but now organic apples are the main crop. Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, Pinova, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, as well as proud cherry trees all grow together on the slopes. Christoph has been organic since 2007. "Because it's the right way to farm successfully." For him success is defined by its relationship to the future. Christoph gained his knowledge of production in harmony with nature at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. He is keen to emphasise that this natural approach brings a lot of variety to the day-to-day tasks of farming: picking is very sociable, the harvest is extremely labour intensive and pruning is a solitary time. Christoph's view is that "all that can be tasted in the end product. Especially with my apples."
Where I live
The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
January - May
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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
Snow White’s apple is sweet as honey
With its red cheeks, the Ambrosia™ is really good for biting. Children especially love this particularly sweet apple, which makes this healthy snack literally a treat!
October - May
yellow base colour with flaming red secondary colour
juicy and crispy pulp
very sweet and juicy, reminiscent of honey and nectar
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
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.
November - 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
The sweet seducer
Vitamins and healthy minerals are naturally present in the juice of our cherries. But our farmers make them unique: they allow them to patiently unfold their magnificent aroma and their complete sweetness and then harvest them lovingly by hand. It is really good to eat cherries from the Venosta Valley farmers.
mid July - mid August
round heart-shaped, bright dark red to violet-black with very long stems