Focus on Peru
The ARRA™ varieties are becoming increasingly popular in Peru with over twenty growers cultivating varieties like ARRA 13, ARRA 15, ARRA 18, ARRA 29, ARRA 30, ARRA 32 and 8A-19+4 ‘Jumbo’.
This year will see the first production of ARRA 30, ARRA 32 and 8A-19+4 and the second year of ARRA 29.
ARRA agent in South America, Karl Conrads reports that the current season appears to be on time, with normal climatic conditions and an estimated harvest time; starting first week of November.
Due to the increased technical experience of the growers and maturity of the vines, we are expecting to offer the markets 1.4 million of 8.2 kg boxes of ARRA grapes.
Agricola Ispana took a big step ahead and improved their quality greatly this year.
ARRA 29: This variety looks really good at this stage; following the Grapasa team’s protocol and guidance clearly shows the first steps for success.
ARRA 13: The Agricola Ispana team have much experience with growing the ARRA 13 successfully. At this stage, the bunches and berries are uniform and large and it appears that in the final stage the berries will be very large.
ARRA 15: Traditionally, Agicola Ispana produces great ARRA 15 and this year the bunches at this stage look very promising.
Manuelita San Jose Farm
As an Ica grower who has the advantage of earliness, the early ARRA varieties play a major roll in Manuelita’s portfolio.
The newly added variety ARRA 30 shows a great start. Tipping the young vine bunches is a must and the farm team is doing an excellent job with this new variety.
As expected, this variety produced great, crunchy berries and yield, even with no PGR application. The growers let the bunches hang on the vines for almost two months for better maturity and sweetness. In some growers’ fields, the colour was darker than usual due to high potassium levels. Harvested in October, the ARRA 19 showed perfect freshness and vitality in spite of the rain.
Grown for the first time in Kavala, although this variety ripened slightly earlier than expected as it wasn’t treated with PGR, we were delighted with its clean, sweet grapes, incredible bunch shape and berry size.
Danper Agricola Olmos
The bunches were kept on the vine until the end of October. In spite of the young vine age of seventeen months, this variety had great flavour and freshness. The Kavala microclimate enhanced the colour beyond our expectations and most of the crop was unharmed by the rains.
Agricola La Venta
At this stage, the ARRA 15 is looking good. Karl is working with the team in order to insure the crop yield will be in accordance with Grapasa’s specifications.
Agricola La Venta
Thanks to Javier Cilloniz’s enthusiasm to commercially test ARRA varieties and codes, the 8A-19+4 ‘Jumbo’ will produce its first crop in Peru this year and we eagerly await the results.
ARRA 32: Our eyes turned to Javier’s trial to grow ARRA 32 in Chiclao, although it is a late variety.
Carlos Abusada is doing his best this year to follow Grapasa’s protocol and Karl’s guidance and it looks like Carlos will be rewarded for his efforts.
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