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Wellenzohn Leonhard

BIO Organic Producer – Huterhof

„Organic agriculture is the most important challenge that I’ve mastered.“

My story

Huter farm is at the entrance to the village of Silandro and has been in the same family for 150 years. Leonhard Wellenzohn is the farmer and he can manage most of the work by himself, but he relies on help from his wife, Gerda, and his son in busy periods. He grows Golden Delicious, Gala, Pinova, Red Delicious, Braeburn and Topaz apples, as well as vinifying three single-varietal, organic estate wines from Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and Solaris grapes. Leonhard says that harvest time in autumn is like receiving a school report which describes what went well and where there is room for improvement.
The Wellenzohns have been organic since 1994, which makes them pioneers in Silandro. "Organics" were a new challenge back then and the more Leonhard thought about them, the more he wanted to convert. He is now certain that he made the right move. Because he himself can feel the positive effect that organics have on people.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Bonita
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy bite
Taste: 
aromatic with pronounced acidity
Royal Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
 
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
Pinova
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.
Availability
January - July
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
Nicoter / Kanzi®
Balanced freshness
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, the juicy Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience and a lot of energy, almost like music for the palate.
Availability
October - July
 
Appearance: 
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
Features: 
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
Taste: 
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Topaz
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.
Availability
January - May
Appearance: 
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
Features: 
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
Taste: 
acidified with sharp acidity
Pears
Sweet treats
Pears are fruits with ancient origins. The Greek poet Homer described them as a sweet gift from God. In the sunny climate of Val Venosta, these fruits develop an enveloping sweetness and an aromatic heart. The pear is considered a versatile and vitamin-rich fruit, as well as easily digestible, to be enjoyed at any time of day.
Appearance: 
Spherical, pear- or bell-shaped, with green, sometimes yellow or reddish skin
Features: 
Crisp, fleshy or juicy and soft flesh
Taste: 
Sweet, with intense aroma and low acidity
 
 

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