Technical Visit to Greece: ARRA 15
Kavala is the largest table grape growing region in northern Greece, distinguished by an optimal climate where vine cultivation is ideal for the late harvest.
In early June, Grapa and Jupiter team; John Ferguson, Procurement Manager, Dimitris Theodorou, Regional Procurement Manager and Disri Nieuwoudt, Technical Manager, visited the ARRA growers in the Kavala region and were very impressed with the young vineyards and with the high standard of work carried out.
When the ancient tradition of grape growing meets the innovative ARRA varieties, the results are high performance of first year vineyards.
Due to the high density planting and the low height trellising structure, the plants that were planted in tubes in May 2017, have in thirteen months mostly reached commercial quality. Growers are seeking to replace the veteran Thompson Seedless with the ultimate replacement – ARRA 15.
ARRA 28: The expectations at Alfa Vita from ARRA 28 are very high. As a very late, red variety with large berry size and great, sweet eating quality, the growers are putting much attention and care into the vines.
Georgios Katsagiotis, General Manager of International Fruit is very proud of his vineyard. He grows the vines in a very precise way and pays a lot of attention to Disri’s instructions and advice. We are looking forward to a great future with International Fruit.
We would like to thank the Jupiter team for their time and great organizational skills that went into making our visit such a success.
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