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REKOPANE’S GRAPE CULTIVARS

Grown under the African Sun

Rekopane’s grapes are grown in harmony with nature by people employing environmental friendly practices, and who are dedicated to produce healthy and safe products that meet the requirements of discerning customers around the world.

Water from the mighty Orange River, sunny winter days and hot, dry summers, vines that thrive in rich desert soils, all combine to produce the sweetest grapes imaginable.
A Variety of Cultivars thrive in different Climates and Soils

Rekopane’s grapes are available from mid-November till the beginning of March.

REKOPANE’S CALENDER OF POPULAR GRAPE VARIETIES
 
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
March
Prime
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xx
Flame Seedless
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xx
Sugraone
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xx
Thompson Seedless
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xxxx
Coachella
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Victoria
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xxxx
Regal
x
xxxx
Midnight Beauty
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Crimson Seedless
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Autumn Royal  
xxx
   
 
Prime
Prime is the earliest South African seedless export variety and was developed by The Volcani institute in Israel. The berries are round and of average size for seedless varieties. Bunches are well filled, without being compact and the variety has a good shelf life. It has a light muscat flavour - a fresh and crispy new season taste!


   
 

Flame Seedless
A multiple cross of, among others, Cardinal, Sultana, Malaga and Muscat d’Alexandrie. It was released in California in 1973. The first South African red seedless variety, with attractive colour and a very pleasant taste! The berries may be slightly smaller than the other red seedless varieties, but the crispy taste makes up for this. South Africa’s Flame Seedless is recognised as being amongst the best in the world.

   
 

Sugraone
Sugraone was discovered as an unknown seedling in California. It is a white seedless variety with exceptional large berries for an early, seedless variety. It has a good shelf life. The berries have a slight muscat flavour when fully matured.

   
 

Thompson Seedless
South Africa’s most important white seedless cultivar! Belongs to Sultanina family and has no rudimentary seeds. It has elongated berries, good bunch sizes, with a fleshy, melting taste. South African Thompson Seedless is known for its outstanding appearance and quality.

   
 

Crimson Seedless
Crimson Seedless is a red, mid- to late season seedless variety developed by D. Ramming in California. It normally ripens one week later Sunred Seedless. Crimson tend to ripen well on the vine, extending the season for seedless grapes. The bunches are attractive, filled with slightly elongated berries of maroon-red colour. Crimson has a melting crispy flavour and sweet taste.

   
 

Coachella
• Early, with Sugraone, milky white, seedless,
  very attractive, 20 mm berry size
• Productive;vigorous grower
• Excellent eating quality, mildly sweet, crisp texture
• Excellent storage quality
• Similar production requirements than Sugraone

   
 

Victoria
Victoria is a cross between Waltham Cross and Cardinal and originated in Romania where it was developed by Madame Vittoria de Lepardatu. It is an early seeded variety with large berries. The large bunches are attractive and the large berries are popular amongst consumers.

   
 

Regal Seedless
Regal Seedless was formerly known as Regent Seedless. It is a South African bred early wit seedless variety and ripens a few day earlier than Thompson Seedless. Regal Seedless naturally produces large berries. It has a tough skin and delivers good shelf life. The bunches are normally near perfect with even sized berries.


   
 
Midnight Beauty
• Early black seedless, with Sugraone, very attractive,
  unique variety
Large elongated berries, 20mm
Productive, very vigorous grower
Excellent eating quality at 17 sugar, crisp texture
Excellent storage quality
Ensure optimal berry set
Grower friendly
 
Autumn Royal
A crisp, sweet-tasting new grape called Autumn Royal makes a delicious snack for fall. Now appearing in food markets, it's the newest vineyard masterpiece from fruit breeders at the Agricultural Research Service in Fresno, Calif.

Autumn Royal typically ripens the first or second week of October, but stores so well it can be marketed through December when shoppers have few high-quality grapes to choose from.

The firm and generally seedless Autumn Royal berries are oval- shaped and about an inch long. Their black or purple-black skin has a whitish cast or bloom. Inside, the flesh is an attractive, translucent yellow-green.

Research at the Fresno ARS laboratory has yielded 10 other flavorful new grapes in the past 25 years. The best known, Flame Seedless, was introduced in 1973 and became America's favorite red seedless grape.

ARS horticulturist David W. Ramming and technician Ronald E. Tarailo developed Autumn Royal at ARS' Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Fresno. They singled out the new grape, then known only as A97-68, from other promising candidates in a research vineyard more than a decade ago.

Ramming and Tarailo subjected A97-68 to vineyard scrutiny and laboratory tests before giving it the Autumn Royal moniker and releasing it to commercial growers in 1996.
   
 
     
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