BIO Organic Producer – Tschiggelehof
“Me and nature, two halves of the same apple.”
All the family works
During the asparagus harvest
Burkhard glances at the blossom buds
Let’s check if a bird has nestled in
Tying vines with skillful hands
The Tschiggele farm is on the flanks of Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain in the village of Castelbello, where the eponymous "beautiful castle" towers majestically over the inhabitants. At one time, the farm was a granary and an integral part of the castle. This multifaceted business is now run by the Pohl family. They also grow organic asparagus and wine here as well as organic apples. The orchards contain Gala, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious. "They are varieties which are especially well suited to the area," says Burkhard, who works together with his son, Peter, and daughter, Kathrin. The son Peter now manages the business and is responsible for the farming. Moving towards organic farming was a decision that all made together. The farm has been certified since 2000 and the asparagus and apples proudly display the organic logo. Burkhard sees their decision as the only right answer: "it's the best chance we have of living together with nature".
Where I live
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 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 beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx