In the middle of the apple orchards, a bizarrely shaped, green roof rises up into the sky, representing a new beginning.

"The aim of the green roof is to return to nature up there what’s been taken away during the construction down here," explains Peter. A few years ago, he and his wife Magdalena and their two daughters returned to their roots. Both had grown up on a farm and they made a positive decision to live and work as apple farmers.

Today their Sandwiesen farm in Gargazon/Gargazzone is Italy’s first and only climate farm. They produce their own photovoltaic electricity, and hot water and underfloor heating are generated by geothermal heat pumps.

Finest South Tyrolean sparkling apple wine

Peter tends to the 3 hectares of apple orchard and, as a former cellar master, produces 3,000 bottles of sparkling apple cuvée annually from part of his harvested Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny, Braeburn, Fuji and Pink Lady® apples. For a period of three years, the sparkling wine ferments in the bottle, similar to champagne. It’s an absolute rarity in South Tyrol.