BIO Organic Producer – Brugghof
„The harvest is nature’s report to evaluate the work of a whole year.“
Apple orchard in Sonnenberg
The apples are harvested in phases
Egon and his wife in the organic orchard
The apples are a good colour
The Brugg farm in Ciardes lies on a sunny scree cone below Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. The Maringgele family have been running it for three generations. In addition to the orchards belonging to the estate, Egon also rents plots in several high altitude sites. "It's a clear advantage," according to Egon, "to use the special characteristics of each site because they represent optimal conditions for different varieties." For example, his orchards on the valley floor are very different from the ones on the Monte Sole Mountain, which are enclosed with dry stone walls. Because Egon is a cautious person, he mulled over the decision to convert to organics for a long time. In 2007, he took the plunge. "These days it gives me such satisfaction to hear my neighbours openly thanking me for not using chemical synthtetic matters. They come to my house in person to buy their Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious." Continuous education courses keep Egon abreast of the latest situation in all things organic. He is currently experimenting with innovative techniques for farming close to nature. Because, he smiles, "the harvest is the exam which nature gives you to determine what mark you should get for your year's work!"
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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 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 - June
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour