Mountain View Fruit Sales Highlights Three Varieties for 2023 Season; George Matoian and Mike Thurlow Comment
REEDLEY, CA - Three glowing bunches of globes are stepping into the spotlight for the 2023 table grape season. Following the success of Mountain View Fruit Sales’ Estate Vineyards 2022 program, three varieties in particular will be headlining this season.
"We will have our first candy variety with Candy Snaps, available in our Estate Vineyards brand," said Grape Division Director George Matoian, who is running the new program. "And we are one of the only few growers in California to have the newly released, USDA black seedless grape variety Solbrio in production. We will also offer the highly coveted, concord flavored 'Kyoho' black seeded grape this season."
Last summer, Mountain View introduced its premium table grape program under the new Estate Vineyards label. That excitement continues with the announcement that the program will be highlighting three varieties to expand the table grape portfolio this season.
"We are catching up a little from last year's start dates,” Matoian continued. “We are approximately eight–nine days behind last year's crop. On most varieties, we are at the leaf removal and bunch thinning stages. The good news is this year's bunches are some of the largest I have seen in many years and the cells of the grape berry are rapidly dividing to give us the maximum berry size we require."
Packs will be available in the traditional corrugated carton, new plastic corrugated, and Styrofoam, a press release stated.
"Mountain View will have increased volume this season on both premium and proprietary grape varieties," Owner Mike Thurlow said. "We are expecting fantastic quality again this year, and we believe 2023 will be a Vintage Grape Season."
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