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Mair Bernhard

BIO Organic Producer – Schwaltenhof

„If you once try organic, you can’t get rid of it.“

My story

Schwalten farm is in the village of Corces on the Monte Sole Mountain. It is an official heritage estate in South Tyrol which has been in the same family ownership for over 200 years. Even young farmer Bernhard, who is in fact a qualified mechanic, has followed the family tradition. After taking a course for young agriculturalists, he started to run the farm. Berhard grows organic certified Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples, as well as wine grapes. The orchards at Schwalten farm benefit from low rainfall, over 300 days of sun each year and large variations in temperature between day and night, which all allow the apples to grow into small, completely natural delicacies. "Organic apples simply have a more intense flavour and the bite is crunchier," reckons Bernhard. "For me it's very simple: once you try organics, you never go back."

Where I live

My harvest
Red Delicious
Red seduction
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
September - July
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
March - August
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Golden Delicious
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


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