This week, we visit the homeland of the Giumarra family whose roots go back to Ragusa, Sicily and take a look at the great developments in ARRA™ production that are taking place in Sicily today.
The Italian island of Sicily has the advantage of an early micro climate, which gives European exclusive ARRA agent AVI, the opportunity to harvest the ARRA varieties produced here before those produced in mainland Italy, thus opening the European season of early ARRA varieties in Sicily.
Vito Terrana farm was established in 1999 as a family-run business in Campobello di Licata in Agrigento province. Today the farm is 15 hectares in size and in 2015 Vito Terrana began cooperation with AVI planting the two mid-late varieties ARRA 15 and ARRA 19. The excellent grape produced by Terrana during the 2018 season is the starting point for a great development of AVI in Sicily.
The impressive color, size and bunch quality of the ARRA 19 was achieved at Terrana Vito Farm by the Terrana family’s close adherence to the growing and production protocols.
The ARRA 19 crop was due to be harvested at the end of August, however, ripening early together with ARRA 15, it presented the producers with the option of packing the two varieties in special mixed boxes.
ARRA 15, in it’s second year of production in Sicily, brought the common white varieties namely, Sugraone, and Victoria face to face with ARRA 15 and the results speak for themselves.
In early August, AVI organized the open field day to officially present the first production in Europe of the early ARRA 30 and ARRA 29 varieties.
During the OFD, AVI hosted the main retailers and producers of the ARRA varieties in Italy.
After a short introduction undertaken by Mr Carlo Lingua, AVI Managing Partner, on the development of the ARRA program carried out by AVI in Europe, the guests saw the two early varieties at the Orchidea Frutta Farm and then the mid ripening ARRA 15 variety produced by Nanna Leonardo Farm.
Producers had the chance to see the excellent quality of ARRA 30 and ARRA 29 whose harvest started in the first ten days of July and is still ongoing. Moreover, AVI Technical Manager Maurizio Simone, explained the importance of the protocols focusing on both bunches selection and shortening and in addition, the importance of the nutritional balance of the vines which deeply affect the quality of the final produce.
A special thanks goes to Orchidea Frutta and Nanna Farm who kindly hosted the field day last week and to their team for their generous help and support.
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