BIO Organic Producer
“I gave my heart to organic agriculture.”
Control of the irrigation system
A new sprinkler nozzle instead of a drip nozzle is tested
Thinning out is done by hand
Organic producer Josef on his way to the orchards
Diversity in the apple orchard
Parcines village is a true gem in the Val Venosta with its narrow paths and historic buildings, and this is where Josef Sonnenburger is from. Even though he trained as a teacher, he soon had to follow his heart into farming. He gained the necessary knowledge by going to courses and then built up his business gradually. He now offers farmstay holidays to guests, grows organic fruit and harvests the completely natural chestnuts which grow in his woodland. He loves the work and the demands which organic farming bring, and he is proud that he manages almost everything on this own. He has several different varieties in his orchards. When he decided to switch to organic farming in 1998, his main motivation was to be able to use beneficial fauna and organic agricultural products to make his apples thrive. Organics come from the heart for Josef. At the end of the day, being able to pick your own apples that are completely sound brings health, well-being, and most of all, more satisfaction.
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 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
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 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.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp 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.
November - 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