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... on the gentle slopes, cornfields swayed in the cool breeze from the Passeier valley: later Archduke John planted vineyards with noble grape varieties trained on wire frames – an ingenious idea that is today experiencing a renaissance! Between them can be found orchard meadows producing delicious old apple and pear varieties – and even today the leaves of majestic, tall chestnut trees, well over 400 years old, still rustle.
many things have changed. The romantic peasant vista has given way to modern orchards with different apple varieties: the produce of today bears names such as Golden, Stark, Fuji, Braeburn and Gala, but juicy Gravenstein and even some red-cheeked Kalterer and sweet-sour Morgenduft apples can still be found.
A reminder of the “good old days”: the moat of Schenna Castle, once filled with water, today contains old apple varieties growing on high stems, including the majestic Kronprinz Rudolf, the aromatic Canada, the fiery-red Cox’s Orange, the delicately sour-sweet Boscoop, the noble, tangy Goldparmäne and the tart Champagne.