Apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries and more are harvested along the South Tyrolean Wine Road.
After the apple blossom in April, a stunning natural phenomenon, the flower changes into fruit. Apples varieties in all shapes and colours are cultivated along the Wine Road: the fruit orchards are visible from excursion destination such as the Castelvetere hill and the Monzoccolo ridge and seem to split the country into geometrical figures.
Here on the Wine Road, the apple varieties include “Summerred”, a red summer apple, “Gala”, a relatively small cultivated apple, “Elstar”, a cultivation between Golden Delicious and Ingrid Marie, “Jonagold”, also called “Red Prince”, “Golden Delicious”, the main variety in South Tyrol, the dark red “Red Delicious”, “Fuji”, the most widely grown apple in the world, “Pink Lady” and a very round variety of apple called “Morgenduft”. Then there are even some gardens with old apple varieties such as “Kalterer Böhmer”, “Lederer” or “Champagner”: small but juicy and firm apples that were harvested in large quantities a long time ago and whose taste is very intense.
The harvest takes place between July and November, each apple variety has its own ripening time. Farmers who own numerous orchards, are busy with fruit picking for almost half a year. Besides apples, many a farmer also harvests pears, plums, peaches, apricots, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, mulberries, figs and other delicacies.