Organic Producer - Neuwirtshof
„Natural and good“
The apple harvest is always something special.
My red apple varieties get a nicer color with the reflector foil as the sun can thus also reach the apples hidden under the leaves.
My wife cares for our guests who I often meet in the courtyard.
Little reparations and maintenance are part of my job.
We produce apple juice for ourselves and for our guests.
After a few decades of integrated production my father, my wife Astrid and me decided to convert to organic in 2015 and to produce organic apples of the following varieties: Gala, Elstar, Golden Delicious, Pinova, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith as well as the new Bonita variety.
I prefer resistant varieties because they are less susceptible to disease. Gala is among my favorite varieties. Every year, I feel the tension when harvest time approaches. I’m glad that my favorite variety is the first to be harvested in August. So my impatience has a relatively early end and I can later care about my other apple varieties together with harvest workers. We love our crunchy fruits and so do our guests.
Maybe our Neuwirtshof farm in Rablà near Merano is so popular with guests because they can taste “our” nature: sweet crunchy apples, fresh apple juice, dried fruit or vegetables. They see how we produce and understand the great challenges of organic farming and sustainable interference with nature. The more natural, the more delicious. We all benefit from that.
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 - May
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 - 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 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
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.
October - 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