New South Wales grape growers Beverley Road Farms is reporting an increase in quality and fruit size this season due to the favourable weather conditions. This season’s cooler summer with cooler nights has really enhanced the colour of the fruit and early spring rain has also helped with the health and growth of the vines through spring and early summer, Owner/Director Dom Schirripa said. “In general, our quality has been really good. This year in particular our quality has been exceptional. The fruit size, colour, Brix and bloom look really great as the weather gods have been kind to us which has helped the fruit quality.”
He is expecting volumes of fruit will be up this season due to increased bunch size and weight. Beverley Road Farms, located in Hanwood in the central Riverina region, and currently has 200 hectares in production, growing 3000 tonnes of grape annually. The fruit is being marketed by Sai World Pty Ltd who Mr Schirripa says takes the utmost care in selling the product and protecting the brand.
“We grow many varieties of grapes, some of what we grow are for wine production,” he said. “The table grape varieties that we grow are Red Globe, Autumn Royal and Crimson. We have equal quantities of each variety. Exclusive varieties are in the pipeline and we will launch them in the coming seasons.”
The major markets include Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Dubai, Indonesia and Europe, and Mr Schirripa explains that demand for high-quality Australian produce “has and will always be” popular due to Australia’s clean green climate and world-leading growing practices.