Bio Organic Producer
„For me, organic means sustainability on a natural basis“
Manuel installs the drip irrigation
A targeted water supply isthe basis foran optimal plant growth
Manuel inspects the condition of the bloom with a trained eye
Installing a nesting box
This magnificent bloom is a real pleasure
At first, Manuel Santnerwanted to work as a carpenter. He thus trained as a carpenter and worked as a fitter for three years. To help his father he started to work on his father’s farm and developed an interest in agriculture. Manuel then trained at the technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburgand constantly attends differentcourses. He soon wanted to adopt environmentally friendly working practices and decided to convert to organic production: „I haven’t regretted my decision for a moment,because for me, organic means sustainability on a natural basis,“says Manuel.
Today, he works as a fulltime farmer: He manages his father’s farm called „Schupfermühle“ in Naturno, which used tobe a mill in the past, as well as the agricultural areas of the „Hanswirt“ in Rablà, a historic inn from the 8th century in the possession of his wife’s family. Both agricultural businesses accommodate guests as well who can get an insight into agriculture if they wish.
Manuel’s father, his father-in-law as well as different workerssupport him in his work several times a year. They help him when it comes to planting the young trees, thinning out by hand, cutting trees andduring the apple harvest. And even if the harvesting period is the most work-intensive period of the year, it’s the one he likes best: In the end, you reap the rewards of the whole year with the apple harvest. Manuel prefers apples of theBraeburn variety „because I like the juicy and slightly acidulous taste. And because the stressful period is over after the harvest of this apple variety,“smiles Manuel.
Where I live
The green gem
With its distinctive colour and acidic flavour, Granny Smith is unique in the apples’ world. Since the other apples could be green with envy!
November - April
bright green colour, spherical shape
compact and crunchy with white pulp
acidulous, very refreshing
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
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
The blue wonders
Blueberries are a real treat for the eyes. Not only because they taste so good, but also because they provide a keen sense of sight thanks to their high vitamin A content.
beginning of July - end of August
dark blue to violet-black shell
clear bite, light pulp with reddish juice, rich in vitamin A.