The South Tyrolean Apple joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on 15 November 2005.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Trentino Alto Adige.
More than 7,000 family businesses engaged in the South Tyrolean apple growing and, on average, each company has a size between 2.5 and 3 acres just.
The area dedicated to the cultivation of apples extends from Salorno, in the south, along the Adige Valley and crosses the Burgraviato to reach the Val Venosta. The South Tyrolean Apple PGI is also cultivated in the Eisacktal and near Bressanone.
The geographical location of the area devoted to fruit ensures a high quality product, because the typical Mediterranean climate of South Tyrol, characterized by wet springs and summer and a sunny autumn, is ideal for the cultivation of apples. To the north the Alps protect the region dedicated to the cultivation of apples from the cold northern winds while in the south the area is particularly open.
The exceptional quality of the South Tyrolean apples is guaranteed to consumers in several respects and thirteen varieties of South Tyrolean apples have won the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).

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