Labour of Love
This week, we check out the bountiful ARRA 29 harvest at Silverlands Vineyards and present the second instalment of the Grapa team’s recent trip to South Africa and Namibia where the team visited the ARRA™ growers in the Hex River Valley.
The Time is Ripe – for an update from Namibia
At Silverlands Vineyards, week 48 brings in an abundant harvest of ARRA 29. Hillside (Silverlands) is the first farm in Aussenkehr to start harvesting ARRA 29 on November 16th with beautiful bunches consisting of well-coloured and sized berries.
Hex River Valley Growers
The Grapa team were pleased to have the opportunity to meet up with the ARRA growers in person and were thrilled to see the progress of the ARRA programme in this region. The ARRA team of TopFruit; Arnold Viljoen and Stephan Nel are doing an amazing job of interacting with the growers while providing them with the quality standard and principles of the unique protocol of ARRA 15. The Hex River Valley climate presents ideal conditions for table grape cultivation and the ARRA 29 is doing extremely well.
Cape Orchard Company
Needless to say, COC farms as ARRA pioneers continue to keep up the quality and performance of the ARRA 15; the short bunches with excellent natural elongation guarantee the usual top quality.
The Grapa team was delighted to see the ARRA 29 farms in the Hex River doing so well. As the season progressed, the ARRA technical team at Topfruit evaluated the growing protocol that was executed in the Aussenkehr and Orange River a month earlier and drew fast conclusions. In collaboration with the ARRA agronomist in Peru who is experienced in the ARRA 29 protocol, the TopFruit team made speedy modifications and results are amazing; minimal shot berries and uniform loose healthy bunches, pleasing everyone in this remarkable visit to Namibia and South Africa.
A.S. Viljoen Farms
Kleinberg Kriegler Farms
TC Rabie Farms
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Tony Calvillo, Vice President of International Business Development, Dayka & Hackett LLC, shared: “Today, we visited the ARRA Cherry Crush—a grape variety that exceeds the expectations of growers, consumers, and retailers alike. We are thrilled to witness its remarkable potential. Boasting an alluring cherry colour, impressive size, abundant production, and a perfect balance of taste and crunch, ARRA Cherry Crush creates a mutually beneficial scenario for discerning producers, consumers, and retailers.”
Igniting the senses
Just in time for the festive season, the inaugural batch of ARRA Fire Crunch™ made its way from Peru to the USA. Karl Conrads, founder, CEO of Grapasa accompanied the first year vines from budbreak all the way to Walmart facilities in Los Angeles.
Don’t miss the footage, showing this landmark arrival, now the sky’s the limit.
Sharing the passion – Right now in Southern Africa:
“It’s a great, beautiful grape, we are having a great time packing it.” shares Gabriel Viljoen of G.P. Viljoen Farming
We’ve heard other growers excited about this year’s performance.
“The ARRA Passion Fire was probably the most beautiful red grapes around on our farms.”
Start the season with a Kiss
This year, attendees got a firsthand look at ARRA Fire Kiss™ in Egypt. What stood out was how distinctly different it was from the Flame, leaving no doubt that it is the perfect Flame replacement.