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Tappeiner David Josef Vinzenz

Organic Producer - Pröfinghof

„A fertile soil as the top priority“

My story

The apple doesn’t fall far from the trunk, provided that the trees are not on steep slopes. My father Martin and me manage our farm near Parcines together. This small village is situated on a rather steep slope at only a few minutes by car of the spa town of Merano.

Producing apples here takes a lot of effort. In 2014, my father applied for the Bioland certification, which meant even more work – also for me as his son. Managing our Pröfinghof farm according to the strict Bioland directives means guaranteeing biodiversity and continuously promoting useful insects. In this context, my father won a competition for building an „insect hotel“, a cozy place of retreat for many types of insects. Furthermore, we created several nesting places for many animal species in our orchards. Because in the end you need a fertile soil for a good harvest. My father is a trained soil practitioner and I constantly learn from him. When we manage to keep the soil fertile in a natural way, half the work is done.

My mother also knows the principle: she lays out lovely flowerbeds and runs a small farm shop. Both local people and tourists looking for tasty and healthy products very much appreciate our own fruit as well as homemade dried fruit, apple jelly and apple juice. Our private „Tappeiner Walk“ is less famous than the one in Merano but equally precious.

Where I live

My harvest
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


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