Scattaglia Growers adds seedless grapes to offerings

06/30/2011 01:57:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

SGS LLC, Scattaglia Growers & Shippers, plans to include autumn king and luisco green seedless grapes in its offerings for the first time this fall.

The two varieties will come out in September and October, said Louis Scattaglia, managing partner of the Traver, Calif.-based company.

The proprietary SGS Red Seedless variety is due out around Nov. 1.

SGS Red has been in the ground for five years and became commercial within the last two years, said Dave Parker, director of marketing.

It’s extended the company’s season into January.

“It’s a long, deep red berry with kind of a spicy flavor profile compared to other grapes at that time of year,” Parker said.

“They’re genetically predisposed to a full red, where a crimson will get a little blond color in the background as the season goes on.”

SGS is in an expansion phase.

“This coming season, we’ll produce about 40% more grapes than last year,” Scattaglia said.

“We’re adding acreage. In another two years, we’ll see another 60% increase in production due to new plantings.”

Demand fed the growth, he said.

Other seedless offerings include flames, summer royal black, princess, crimson, scarlet royal and autumn royal black. The company also does stone fruits.

SGS sources grapes year-round, participating in the Chile, Peru and Mexico deals.

“In general, we’re the last to start harvesting in California, and we’re also the last to finish,” Scattaglia said. “That’s one reason we can expand our season well into January.”



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mario fedele    
Garfield NJ  |  September, 07, 2012 at 05:05 AM

Hi Mike, I really enjoy your champagne grapes but I don't see them mentioned.....or did I miss that page?

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