Tappeiner Paul Heinrich
Organic Producer - Schwebelehof
„My apples enjoy a prime location.“
Let’s see if the quality is fine.
You need a secure footing when harvesting on slopes.
You should take your time when emptying the apple picking basket.
I transport the apple bins with the help of a material ropeway in steep terrain.
The apple bins should be evenly filled.
There is a connection somehow: My „Schwebelehof“ farm is not far away from Silandro’s modern gym. And you almost need acrobatic talent to cultivate my orchard there. I do not produce my sweet Fuji apples in the flat valley floor where cultivation is much easier, but on 13 steep terraces that lie one above the other. They are built on dry-stone walls and connected by 80 stairs. Such a cultivation method is rather rare for apples, but very typical for the cultivation of vines on steep slopes. But when it comes to wine, my son knows much better as he works in Austria in the wine industry.
Thanks to the warm hillside location I feel privileged to successfully produce Fuji apples. This variety is the most commonly cultivated variety worldwide, especially in China and Japan. In Europe, however, it only grows in areas where it’s very sunny. This is why South Tyrol is one of Europe’s strongholds of this crunchy variety with gentle aroma and very late time of harvest. The single terraces are linked with each other with a conveyor belt for material handling to facilitate this almost “heroic” apple cultivation. This technical aid is invaluable, especially during the harvest and when spreading organic fertilizers. There nevertheless is a lot of manual work to do such as planting new trees, cutting trees and mowing.
The location of my orchard is so ideal for Fuji apples that the use of pesticides is hardly necessary. It already happened several times that I had forgotten to do something against aphids and nevertheless everything fine. These positive experiences will soon lead me to another project: the cultivation of the very scab-resistant Topaz variety. I haven’t decided yet if I will cultivate this variety on the terraces or rather in Silandro’s valley floor together with Bonita, Golden Delicious and other varieties. Either way, my organic apples might be a bit smaller in size but they definitely taste great.
Where I live
The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
January - March
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced 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!
October - May
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 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
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape