Early ARRA Varieties steal the show at 10th ITGS

Last week the tenth ITGS (international table grape symposium) was held at the beautiful Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West RSA. Over five hundred delegates (49% international and 51% South African), took part to share and learn from the symposium’s main topic: “where science meets industry”.

Grapa Varieties and TopFruit were proud to be among the sponsors of this peak industry event. It was so fitting to the ARRA program’s focus, that the speaker Schalk Reynolds of the South African Society of Oenology and Viticulture, told attendees: “Climate change will be one of the big things going forward”. 

Where Science Meets Industry

Arnold Viljoen, Specialist Viticulturist at TopFruit, remarked that he was very impressed by the extent to which “the symposium presentations covered a large range of research and science-based topics delivered by extremely knowledgeable individuals. The opening address by Prof David Hughes was very insightful as it covered the topic of global marketing and branding in the table grape industry.”

He details highlights: “Presentation topics such as the use of carboxylic acid as a replacement for ethephon, ensuring better colour in grapes; the use and the effect of netting and plastic on vineyards; the effects of early gibberellic acid on rachis and cluster shoulders were all very insightful. Presentations on breakthroughs in table grape technology by using artificial intelligence, to optimise production into the future was fascinating.”

ARRA Varieties Stand Strong

The ARRA Varieties stand was beautifully organized and managed by the TopFruit marketing team’s Liza Matthews and Herschelle Mentoor. Every day the stand displayed fresh very early and early varieties from Namibia and the Northern Cape.

Everyone at the symposium was talking about the ARRA varieties, the only table grapes available for tasting, thereby clearly showing how early these varieties are. On show were ARRA Honey Pop™, ARRA Passion Star™, ARRA Passion Fire™ and Early Sweet™. Delegates were eager to taste and loved every bite.

Magical ARRA Dinner

The symposium brought together many from all over the world, making it the perfect opportunity to gather ARRA Partners from near and far for an unforgettable evening. Everyone celebrated their passion for table grapes at the magical Longridge Wine Estate. At the welcome reception, guests viewed the video about Shachar Karniel, paying homage to the man behind the ARRA Varieties. So, for those who missed it view now.

This was a wonderful, magical evening, with everything one could ask for: lovely weather, amazing view and perfect atmosphere. Together, at one long table, the ARRA worldwide family enjoyed a special gathering filled with laughter, interesting discussions and delicacies. 

The team is now heading off to the Northern Cape for the last part of the symposium.

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