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 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 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