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 - March
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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 - April
yellow base colour with flaming red secondary colour
juicy and crispy pulp
very sweet and juicy, reminiscent of honey and nectar
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