BIO Organic Producer
“A decision that influences the whole world.”
Frost irrigation is used in case of cold spells
Frost irrigation protects the blossoms from the cold
Applying dispensers – the pheromone confusion method to control pest
Leaves infected with powdery mildew are eliminated by hand
Bernd produces apples and blueberries
Bernd Schönthaler lives with his family in the village of Oris, at the foot of Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. The Lasa marble quarry is close by; this is the source of world-famous, pure, white stone. The protected habitat of the Oris forest fen is also close to the family business. Bernd graduated from the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. For him, being a farmer provides lots of satisfaction and pleasure. He treasures working in the Val Venosta mountain air. Bernd especially loves the "life" in his orchards: apple trees, grass, herbs, bushes and beneficial organisms which have colonised everywhere and help him in his work. His plots are ideally located for organic farming. Many are surrounded by natural forest, and even the neighbouring meadows are organically farmed. For Bernd, converting to organics in 1997 represented a way of handling his land in a more gentle way, and in turn this is better for the whole environment. Organics, he says, are for the humans and for the environment.
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 - March
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!
October - May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
October - August
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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 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
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
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.