This week, our focus is on Chile, where we update on Jupiter Group’s ARRA programme and report on Grapa team’s attendance at last week’s 9th International Table Grape Symposium in Santiago. 

Jupiter Group has been producing ARRA™ varieties in Chile since 2016, with growing success. Unfortunately, the extreme drought conditions that Chile is experiencing has resulted in a loss for the Jupiter Group of twelve hectares, in the Chacabuco region, of ARRA Sweeties™ (ARRA 15) planted in 2016, and ARRA Passion Fire™ (ARRA 29) planted in 2018. Fortunately, the Jupiter programme is also producing ARRA varieties in the Valparaiso region, in Llay Llay on the farm, Agricola e Inversiones Firenze, where they have ARRA Sweeties, planted in 2016, on Harmony rootstock. 

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Agricola e Inversiones Firenze's ARRA Sweeties plantation, after bud break

Agricola e Inversiones Firenze have produced a beautiful harvest of ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15) this season. Cristian Bustos, agronomist and farm manager of Jupiter Group’s ARRA programme in Chile, reports that the quality has met all expectations, with full bunches,  large, clean berries and excellent Brix levels, resulting in a perfect sugar-acid balance.

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Cristian checks the brix in the ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15) vineyards of Agricola e Inversiones Firenze
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ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15), beautiful inside and out. The firm, crunchy berries remain perfect from source to destination.

The Jupiter Group is very happy with the production and exportation of the ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15) from Chile. As Cristian (pictured) relates, “ARRA Sweeties, in my opinion, is a fantastic variety in terms of production and high fertility. In addition, this variety’s natural thinning after flowering is a big advantage to the growers in terms of reduced manual labour and fewer chemical applications.”

Taking place every four years, the International Table Grape Symposium (ITGS) provides a platform for the international community of table grape growers, traders and professionals to share and discuss technical, scientific and economic advances in table grape production. This year the ITGS was held in Santiago in Chile, where Grapa was one of the sponsors of the event, and the Grapa team (Shachar and Grapa Project Manager, Erika Rossi) was there; not just attending the lectures but meeting up with the ARRA growers, agronomists and the worldwide ARRA technical team

Shachar and Erika with the Adriatica team
Bottom right: Erika with the Brazilian ARRA team

During the visit, the participants of the symposium visited Agricola Convento Viejo Farm in the Metropolitan region, where owner, Enrique Turri Clark led the group on a tour of the ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15) vineyards. The group also had the chance to taste ARRA Passion Fire (ARRA 29) and ARRA Sugar Drop (ARRA 30) from cold storage. 

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Agricola Convento Viejo's abundant ARRA Sweeties (ARRA 15) vineyards
On left: Agricola Convento Viejo owner, Enrique Turri Clark and Erika. On right: Nueva Vid commercial manager, Maria Jose Castro and Grapasa agronomist, Luis Arancibia
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Nueva Vid agronomist, Andrea Castro and Nueva Vid owner and executive director, Jorge Valenzuela

Thank you!

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Enrique for generously hosting us during the field visit and to the Nueva Vid and Grapasa teams for their continued support and devotion to the ARRA programme in Chile.

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