„I would like to offer a healthy product“
Humming useful insects
Mowing the apple orchard
Magnificent view at work
Gerhard hangs the nesting boxes with great care
A scrutinizing look at the apple blossoms
TheKrebsbachhoffarm with its apple orchards is situated in sunny Ciardes at the foot of Val Venosta’s Sun Mountain. Gerhard Götschtook it over from his father. After graduating from the Laimburg technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in South Tyrol he manages the Krebsbachhoffarm alone, only needing the help of extra pairs of hands during very busy periods: In summer, for instance, when apples that are too small are eliminated from the tree so that the other apples can grow better. Or during the harvest season when Golden Delicious, Gala and Red Delicious are picked from the trees. Apple producer Gerhard had watched organic apple production for some time with great interest before he finally decided to produce his apples according to organic guidelines: „I would like to offer a healthy and natural product.“ Working in and with the nature is very exciting for Gerhard all around the year. And when all his apples are harvested in autumn, he can look back with satisfaction: „Then you can see the result of the work through the entire year.“ He is still in harmony with his decision to become organic „because in my view, the natural production is much healthier and more sustainable“.
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
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 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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
October - June
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape