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Paulmichl Josef

Organic Producer - Spondinigerhof

„Organic is a family business with no plan B.“

My story

Our „Spondinigerhof“ farm is situated right next to Castelbello Castle. The farm’s history dates back to the 14th century when wine was probably already grown on the mighty rock on the left bank of the Adige river. Today, our farm is directly situated at the „Via Vinum Venustis“, a theme path dedicated to wine that has only recently been opened, and we also produce an aromatic and good wine.

I manage our organic farm with my grandson Adrian. We share the passion for everything that is nature-compliant. So there was no alternative to organic for us – be it for our apples, the home-baked bread, the potatoes or my wife’s delicious fresh goat cheese. Adrian learnt a very scientific approach to agriculture at the Fürstenburg agricultural college in Malles but today he also includes a little bit of esotericism. So it may happen that the grandson agrees with his grandpa when he’s driveling on waxing and waning moon. Especially when some tracks across the fields don’t have to be renewed so often because they were built at the right moment.

My grandson is very pragmatic, which he probably inherited from me. As a former logistics manager I’m used to planning processes in detail. A complex problem planned in detail is no longer that complex and can be resolved more easily. This is also true when it comes to planting new apple varieties, measuring the temperature and humidity as well as installing hail nets or controlling pests with organic means.

Organic producers, however, always work with a variable called nature. We can’t plan it down to the smallest detail but we have to include this variable during the „discussion of the situation“. We can measure a lot and rely on empirical values to facilitate decisions. We can keep pests at bay and promote useful insects and, above all, I can delegate to my grandson who likes responsibility. We are on the path of organic production with conviction. And there is no plan B to this path at our farm.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Royal Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
 
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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!
Availability
September - July
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
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.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
sweet with delicate acidity
Pinova
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.
Availability
January - July
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
 
 

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