A flying visit to Videxport, Mexico: Table Grapes
During the last week of May, a delegation made up of the Karniels, ARD, John Giumarra, President of Giumarra Vineyards, and Don Corsaro and John Corsaro, Chairman and CEO respectively of the Giumarra Companies flew down to Hermosillo in Mexico especially to visit Videxport to see their Early Sweet and ARRA™ varieties table grapes production.
30 years ago, Gilberto Salazar Junior established the Videxport company to produce the highest quality of table grapes and watermelons to the world. Today, Videxport exports its produce to the USA and Canda exclusively through Giumarra Bros.
60% of Videxport’s 2000 hectares of table grape vineyards are producing ARRA varieties and the rest are old varieties like Flame seedless, Perlette and Sugraone. Videxport produce 3 million boxes of table grapes annually. Gilberto’s loyalty to the Early Sweet and ARRA programs is unconditional and the majority of this year’s production will be made up of Early Sweet, ARRA 29 and ARRA 30.
In addition to table grape production, Videxport has 2000 hectares of watermelons which are planted throughout the year.
Grown in top quality vineyards using state of the art production techniques and equipment, the grape quality is one of the best in the market at an international level.
Victor Romero is the farm’s technical manager who follows Grapa’s Early Sweet protocol closely, expertly adapting it where necessary to suit the farm’s location and micro climate.
The Early Sweet season started on 30th April and finished in the first week of June. The color, brix and size of the Early Sweet, together with the bunches’ perfection, is the best that Shachar and Adi have seen.
In the process of replacing their Flame seedless plantation, the Salazar family are expanding the plantations of ARRA 29.
The young ARRA 29 vineyard, at the age of 14 months, looks incredibly uniform and well-managed with an average yield of one box per vine. The well-trimmed bunches with their beautiful shining red color, are grown to be one pound in weight.
For this first crop, we heartily congratulate Videxport for their devotion and perseverance to produce premium quality grapes straight from the first year.
Videxport are in the process of replacing all their Sugraone seedless grapes and have planted ARRA 30 in order to continue with white grapes immediately after the Early Sweet season is over. It appears that the ripening time of the ARRA 30 exactly matches the Videxport portfolio.
It was a real delight to see the green carpet of watermelons, grown in mass production at a specific high rate and using exclusive methods.
At peak seaon up to 150 trucks, full of Videxport’s watermelons, cross the border to USA and Canada each day. The sweetness and crunchiness makes you want to eat the whole gigantic fruit.
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