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California

There’s just something about California. Something that makes the Golden State so sublime. It’s the climate of hot sunny days and crisp cool nights. It’s the very earth itself: rich fertile soil nourished by clear mountain waters.

California produces more than

99%

of grapes commercially grown in the U.S.
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EXPLORE THE EXTRAORDINARY CALIFORNIA TABLE GRAPE LANDSCAPE

The sun, the earth, the water… this trifecta of goodness only happens in California and is unique to the Coachella and San Joaquin valleys. These elements working together are what make California table grapes so special and unlike any other grapes in the world.

The Coachella and San Joaquin valleys offer the optimal growing conditions for grapes of the highest quality, providing a winning combination of warm sunshine, nutrient-rich soil, and crisp water from the Sierra Nevada snowmelt.

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San Joaquin Valley

By mid-July, the Coachella season ends and harvest moves north to the San Joaquin Valley.

Sun Shine

Average days of sun annually: 270

Temperature

Average annual temperature: 70°

Frost

Few unseasonable frosts

Coachella Valley

The California table grape season begins in late spring when the first grapes are harvested in the Coachella Valley.

Sun Shine

Average days of sun annually: 350

Temperature

Average annual temperature: 81°

Frost

Frost is very rare

San Joaquin Valley Coahella Valley

San Joaquin Valley

By mid-July, the Coachella season ends and harvest moves north to the San Joaquin Valley.

Sun Shine

Average days of sun annually: 270

Temperature

Average annual temperature: 70°

Frost

Few unseasonable frosts

Coachella Valley

The California table grape season begins in late spring when the first grapes are harvested in the Coachella Valley.

Sun Shine

Average days of sun annually: 350

Temperature

Average annual temperature: 81°

Frost

Frost is very rare

TRIFECTA OF GOODNESS

SUN

Table grapes require long, dry summers and cool winters. This means California has the ideal climate for table grapes to thrive, thanks to the summer heat and sunny winters where grapevines thrive under the beautiful blue California sky.

EARTH

The California grape-growing regions have naturally rich and fertile soil, providing table grapes with the perfect blend of nutrients to promote healthy growth.

WATER

Fresh snowmelt recharges important waterways, bringing clear mountain water to California table grape vineyards. This helps sustain the rich soil, and water the vineyards to produce grapes that are bursting with California flavor.

GOOD THINGS COME IN BUNCHES

The elements work together to produce the more than 85 delicious varieties of California table grapes that are in season from May to January.

While grapes are available in three colors — red, black, and green — these many varieties offer a range of shapes, sizes, textures, and flavors that vary widely even while the color may be the same.

Green Grapes

There are 85+ varieties of California table grapes

Top Volume Varieties

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Autumn King

August–January

Very large, green, cylindrical to oval, seedless berries

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Autumn Royal

August–January

Large, black, oval–elongated, seedless berries

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Blanc Seedless

Pristine®
July–December

Very large, green, elongated, seedless berries

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C51-63

Vintage Red
August–January

Large, red, oval–elongated, seedless berries

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Crimson Seedless

August–January

Medium–sized, red, cylindrical, seedless berries

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Flame Seedless

May–October

Medium–sized, red, round, seedless berries

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IFG 68-175

Sweet Celebration®
July–December

Large, red, oval, seedless berries

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Princess

July–October

Large, green, cylindrical, seedless berries

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Red Globe

July–January

Very large, red, round, seeded berries

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Scarlet Royal

June–January

Large, red, oval, seedless berries

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Sheegene-13

Timco®
August–January

Large, red, oval, seedless berries

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Sheegene–17

Some fruit sold under names Great Green®, Great White, Green Emerald Seedless®, Green Envy®

August–December

Large, green, oval, seedless berries

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Sheegene-20

Allison®
August–January

Large, red, oval, seedless berries

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Sugranineteen

Scarlotta Seedless®
September–January

Large, red to dark red, oval–elongated, seedless berries

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Sugraone

Some fruit sold under name Superior Seedless®

May–September

Large, green, oval–elongated, seedless berries

*Based on 2017-18 volume reported to the California Table Grape Commission

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Community Outreach

Since the commission was created in 1967, California grape growers have shown support to the communities where they live and work through community outreach. Learn more about the community outreach programs supported by California table grape growers.

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