We use cookies to offer the best possible user experience on our website. We also use third-party cookies, to deliver personalised advertisement messages. By using our website you agree, that cookies can be saved on your device. Further information on the cookies used and on how to disable them can be found here.

Schwienbacher Christof

Organic farmer - Brunnhof

"A healthy soil promotes stress-resistant trees."

My story

At the Brunnhof in Lacinigo, organic is now part of our daily thinking. As soon as I took over the farm from my father, I wanted to switch to organic. My father always supported this step, but finally left the implementation to me alone with a loving "Go for it!”. My wife is also behind this decision and my daughter loves the close contact with nature as much as we do.

I devote my greatest attention to soil life. Very often I reach for a spade and check what is underneath. For us farmers, the soil is our greatest asset, it is almost like a body and an independent living being, which has to give the trees the energy they need. Neglecting the soil also means neglecting the trees. If the soil is healthy, the tree is also much more robust, and I notice this particularly well with organic produce. In this way of cultivation, the fertilizer is never a means to an end, no concentrate for the trees, but serves the active life of the soil.

The irrigation of my Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Pinova, Royal Gala and soon also the scab resistant Natyra is mostly done by drip irrigation. Each meadow has to be approached differently: different soil, different irrigation. Even within the same meadow I notice differences in the soil and thus differences in the growth of the trees. Observing, observing, and observing again, primary necessity with soil.

I firmly believe that an organic tree is more resistant to stress and I can give it this resistance with a living soil. All organic fertilizers and the many seeds of nitrogen binding plants or grasses and flowers loosening up the soil are aimed at this.

I love organic because you never finish learning and you have to keep on learning.

Where I live

My harvest
Royal Gala
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
Red Delicious
Red seduction
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
Golden Delicious
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
SQ 159 / Natyra®
Natural talent loaded with aroma
The rustic apple with delicate pear and citrus spices keeps the pests away and impresses by its excellent flavour.
January - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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 - July
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


True friends share everything.