BIO Organic Producer – Niedermairhof
“Nature has to be taken as it is.”
Proud young farmer
Modern farm and culture
Farm with generation change
Altitude of the farm
Leonhard Schrötter lives in Plars di Sopra. His Niedermair farm has been in the family for three generations and he became the farmer at the age of 17 after a tragic accident. He learnt the necessary foundations for managing a farm in Klein-Altendorf, near Bonn. These days, Leonhard grows various organic apple varieties in his orchards and is ably assisted by his eldest daughter. Both of them love wine-making too, and have a soft spot for talking shop over a few home-made drops. Their own products are offered to the guests who come on holiday to the apartments on the farm. The sun-drenched southern part of the property is their particular favourite, with its view of the wide valley floor around the Mediterranean spa town of Merano. Streams, forests and meadows lie around their land, and their neighbours also work organically. "What the others were already doing turned out to be infectious!" says Leonhard, who made the switch to organics in 2000. "I wanted to take a step backwards. I didn't want to exploit the land any more. You have to take nature the way it is. Anything else would be artificial."
Where I live
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 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
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
October - June
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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