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Stecher Gerd

BIO Organic Producer – s´Bergschlössl

“The work in the orchards is like a holiday.“

My story

Gerd Stecher calls his farm "s´Bergschlössl" (which means "the mountain castle" in dialect), and he is not exaggerating. It stands at 1,100 metres above sea level and only a few steps away from the mediaeval Schlandersberg Castle. There is a natural habitat close by. Paths following ancient "Waalweg" irrigation channels criss-cross the fields, and forest peacefully spreads out over the mountain cliffs of the Monte Sole, high above the market town of Silandro. The Stecher family have been working at the farm for four generations now. They have an unusually large number of strings to their bow: livestock, farmstay holidays, and a taxi and car hire service all help to make the economics of the organic apple farming work. Tending the orchards is like a holiday compared to the other businesses, says Gerd, who farms Golden Delicious organically. The orchards around the farmhouse are slightly sloping which gives them an exceptional exposure to the sun's rays. The weather conditions at this altitude can be harsh and this also influences the ripening process, making the apples extra crisp. Gerd has been farming according to organic guidelines since 2008 as, he says, "nature should stay natural".

Where I live

My harvest
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
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


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