Organic Producer - Niedermairhof
„Music is in the air and a very particular smell of apples as well“
I tie the young trees to the framework.
My son and me are planting apple trees.
My family and me live in Cirlano at the Niedermairhof farm.
Regular orchard inspections are part of daily work.
Bees and other insects use the flower strips as a source of food.
When I took over the Niedermairhof farm in 1998, most apple trees were still seedlings. In the years that followed, we cut down many old trees and enlarged our assortment that today includes 10 different varieties. My harvest starts with Gala and ends with Fuji apples. In 2018, we built 3 apartments called „Etschwool“,„Brenngoss“ and „Miehl“. So we have a second mainstay beside the cultivation of apples because we had very large losses due to frost during the last years. Our guests have the chance to experience important moments in the year of an organic apple producer such as planting trees, picking or harvesting. I run the Niedermairhof farm together with my son Martin who attended the Laimburg agricultural school and my wife Rosmarie. Furthermore, I’m part of Cirlano’s volunteer fire department, I go hunting and I play the alphorn in Naturno’s “Hubertusbläser“ band. An alphorn only has natural tones because there are no valves. So organic fruit production and hunt music have one thing in common: nature.
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 - May
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!
September - July
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
SQ 159 / Natyra®
Natural talent loaded with aroma
The rustic apple with delicate pear and citrus spices keeps the pests away and impresses by its excellent flavour.
January - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
The juicy all-terrain
For a small snack between meals or used in many ways in the kitchen and bakery: The Braeburn is a true all-terrain. Be patient with it, as it develops its full aroma only after several storage months.
November - May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing