South Tyrol as an apple-growing zone

Where apples feel at home

The size of the entire cultivation area for South Tyrolean Apples, 18,400 hectares to be exact, is three and a half times the size of Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol's capital city, or 25.770 football fields. Conditions for apple cultivation are particularly good in the Alps. Farmer’s apple orchards extend from Salorno/Salurn in the south through the Etschtal valley and the low mountain range hills of Burgraviato/Burggrafenamt to the Vinschgau valley. The South Tyrolean Apple is also at home further east in the Eisacktal valley near Bressanone/Brixen.

The fact that apple growing is so important in South Tyrol is not only due to its good taste, but also to the 7,000 hard-working South Tyrolean fruit growers, most of whom cultivate quite small farms of two to three hectares, often extending over several quite separate plots of land, so that every apple variety can grow in South Tyrol at the altitude to which it is best suited.
Facts and figures

The South Tyrolean Apple conquers the world

South Tyrol's Alpine-Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sunshine and 2,000 hours of sunlight every year ensures a veritable explosion of fruity aromas in the apple orchards in autumn. Province-wide, approximately 950,000 tonnes of organic and integrated apples grow and ripen before being exported to almost every European country and beyond.

50% of the Italian and 10% of the European apple harvest come from South Tyrol. About 20% of the exported quantity is dedicated to satisfying the German appetite for our apples, but they’re not alone! South Tyrolean Apples can also be enjoyed in Arabic and North African countries as well!