Harvest-time in Northern Greece and Southern Italy
This week, we present a review of the recent ARRA™ season in these areas of the Mediterranean. As the following items demonstrate, the ARRA varieties are certainly gaining ground in these regions.
Greece: ARRA 32 & ARRA 19
Two teams from the UK’s Jupiter Group have returned home from three-day field trips in Greece after seeing first-hand the new pioneering varieties of grape yielding in their vineyards.
Staff from across the board at the family-run company flew out to make the visit to the north of the country to observe at close range the game changing ARRA grapes that their vines have started to bear.
Jupiter’s procurement manager, John Ferguson said that the amounts of each grape variety ready to supply over the next 12 months will vary depending on the variety and weather conditions.
While the first ARRA are due to yield very soon, further planting, either already undertaken, or in the pipeline will further boost the supply so that it can meet increasing demand that’s expected from its customers, both old and new, in the near future.
He also revealed that the crispy textured grape variety ARRA 19 is one that has grown “particularly well” and is bearing “large berry sized” fruit, with the ARRA 32 also producing “impressive” results.
Jupiter’s ARRA grapes, across all of it vineyards, have been nurtured without the use of any artificial growth regulators and the results are set to reap excellent rewards.
John added: “We are looking forward to 2019 when we will have our first commercial production from Greece.”
ARRA 32 Harvest in Greece
With no treatments for size the berry size of this grape variety is still an average 22-25 mm. Colour came very early and easily to the ARRA 32 and the fruit appeared ready much earlier than expected but with low sugars. Holding the fruit on the vines allowed the sugars to increase and deliver a lovely flavour to the grapes
ARRA 19 Harvest in Greece
This mid-late grape variety appears to ripen later in Greece due to the microclimate in Kavala, resulting in an autumn harvest with even crunchier and sweeter grapes.
This variety has grown particularly well with large even berry size, bunches looked almost artificial hanging on the vines being so even in colour and size. The crispy texture of the grape made for a really pleasant eating experience and the colour of the bunches attracts the eye straight away. Colour was 100% natural with no treatments.
All fruit this year was grown without the use of any artificial growth regulators and still managed to reach an impressive 20-22 average berry size.
The ARRA varieties in Greece are grown under the guidance of the Jupiter Group agronomist Mr. Disri Nieuwouldt together with regional procurement manager, Mr. Dimitris Theodorou and we would like to thank them both for their hard work and dedication to this project.
Italy: ARRA 15 harvest
By following the expert guidance of the AVI technical team; Maurizio Simone and Marco Tempesta, the ARRA 15 growers in Southern Italy have achieved outstanding results.
In this edition, it is our pleasure to share with you the following summary of the ARRA 15 season in Southern Italy, as kindly provided by Maurizio and Marco:
Azienda Agricola Nanna Leonardo (planted in 2012)
Azienda Agricola Terrana Vito (planted in 2016)
Azienda Agricola Caputo Nicola (planted in 2012)
Azienda Agricola Facchino Giacomo (planted in 2012)
In addition to the above, other outstanding farms include: Babbo Tommaso, Pavone Vineyards and among the organic grapes producers, Romanazzi/Comes.
We would like to thank AVI for their dedication and continued support for the ARRA programme in Europe and to thank Jupiter Marketing for their dedication and support for the ARRA programme in Greece and all around the world.
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