Organic Producer – Steinhaus-Hof
„Organic is a way that you either go or don’t go.“
High-quality organic apples
Agriculture brings three generations together
This method has stood the test of time: picking apples with a bag called a Tschaggl
The result of hard work
Steinhaus farm is in Colsano at the foot of Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. Like the others in the area, its orchards are criss-crossed with many dry stone walls built with remains from the Via Claudia Augusta Roman road which used to stretch the full length of the Val Venosta. The farm is an ancient heritage estate which has been passed from generation to generation of the Wielander family for 200 years. Father Heinrich and son Florian, who attended the Fürstenburg agricultural college, are a good team and, in their view, the most important thing is to enjoy the work. They grow Golden Delicious, Gala, Red Delicious, Braeburn and Fuji in their orchards, and the kitchen garden has herbs, potatoes, vegetables, pears, peaches, walnuts, nectarines and grapes. Health was the main reason for switching the whole business over to organics in 2006. Florian and Heinrich wanted to farm in as natural a way as possible. They even converted the way they grow their own food. They are planning on turning their next dream into reality soon: making organic wine from their own grapes. That will mean that they can go one hundred percent their own, organic way.
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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 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.
January - April
red to dark red, rustic appearance
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
Scilate / envy™
The fresh surprise
For its juicy sweetness and light pear note, you can really envy the Scilate / envy™. In addition, you can share it very well with friends, because even if the apple likes to sunbathe, its pulp never gets tanned.
November - April
red background colour, slightly striped
very juicy, compact and crunchy pulp
sweet and juicy with a light pear 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.
January - May
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.
November - 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