Georgian company Butrana LLC will start harvesting table grapes in two week’s time; in early August, the Summer Royal seedless and Marquis varieties will be harvested. For the coming season, the company plans to harvest about 20 tons of table grapes.
With a 6-hectare Butrana vineyard is located in the Signagi region (eastern Georgia), the main part of the territory is reserved for table grapes. In 2019, with state support, Butrana LLC equipped a refrigeration facility for storing table grapes. The total capacity of the refrigeration chambers is 20 tons.
“We started to engage in the direction of table grapes at an amateur level, and then decided to turn it into a business. We started planting table varieties about 5 years ago. Now we grow about 50 early and late varieties, including Cardinal, Victoria, Autumn Royal, and others. Most of the varieties were saplings from Europe and America. It is noteworthy that almost all the varieties tested by us have perfectly taken root.”
“Thanks to our refrigeration facilities, we have the opportunity to accumulate the grapes collected and ensure their stable supply to the hyper- and supermarket chains out of season, for example, during the winter months. In recent years, good demand has been observed in table grapes in Georgia, while a significant part of it in the domestic market is import. And our task is import substitution by introducing a wide range of high-quality products to the market, ”said Jamal Khatiashvili, founder of Butran LLC, to EastFruit.