Organic Producer – Villhof
„Organic vocation since 1985: this is my life.“
On the way to the apple orchard
Preparing the forklift
Kajetan during the apple harvest
Homemade apple champagne
The right technique is important when cutting trees in winter
The Villhof farm in the centre of Silandro has been in the Vill family for centuries. Even today there is a family member responsible for each individual part of it. The young farmer Kajetan is responsible for organic apple production.
Three years of agricultural college in Rotholz plus fruit farming training in Weinsberg have given him the best possible preparation for it, along with a profound understanding of nature. Now Kajetan has a wide range to offer nature lovers.
He grows Gala, Topaz, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Braeburn and Golden Delicious and he makes organic apple juice for sale in the farm shop. Guests can enjoy the farm from close quarters both at the family-owned organic riding stables and in the organic country hotel. At the table, only the best organic products from kitchen and cellar are served and tours of the business illustrate its closed-cycle system. And the Vills really know what they are talking about. After all, in 1985 they were one of the pioneer families in the Val Venosta when they converted to organics.
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 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!
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
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.
October - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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.
Dicember - April
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.
October - 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