OUR Story

Our story begins in 1882 when our great-great-grandfather, who was a pioneer farmer, planted our family’s first vineyard. Overtime, his original farm transformed into a successful, local farming business of wine and table grapes. Two generations later, his grandson began to experiment with breeding wine grape varieties.

The turning point occurred in 1990 when fourth-generation farmer, Shachar Karniel, took his father’s wine grape breeding to the next level and began cross-breeding table grapes. Shachar’s passion for grapes, his pursuit of perfection and his unique creations, paved the way for his worldwide recognition as a table grape breeding expert.

In 1993, Shachar was asked by Giumarra Vineyards Corporation (GVC), a leader in the Californian table grape industry, to join Giumarra as their leading table grape specialist.

In 1999, during his cooperation with GVC, Shachar and the Board of GVC became convinced of the global need for innovative table grape varieties. This conviction resulted in Shachar and GVC co-founding ARD (Agricultural Research and Development), a table grape breeding company with Shachar as the Head Breeder and Project Manager.

In the same year Grapa was founded as a platform to commercialize globally the unique breeding creation, the pioneering Early Sweet variety.

Today, Grapa Varieties is a leading global company that specializes in breeding and licensing timeless table grape varieties. In light of worldwide recognition and demand for the ARRA varieties, we continue to expand to new regions. Each year Shachar, at the Giumarra ARD breeding programme, is continuously developing new ARRA varieties.

ARRA Cherry Crush™

The Crush Everyone’s talking about!

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.”

ARRA Fire Crunch™

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.

ARRA Passion Fire™

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.”

ARRA Fire Kiss™

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.