Grapes

Growing regions

South Africa: Vioolsdrift and Limpopo
Namibia, Spain  and Egypt

Export regions

Far East, Europe, UK, Canada, Middle East

The Grapes Story

Grapes are botanically a berry, and can be eaten fresh as table grapes, or they can be used for making wine, jam, juice, jelly, raisins, vingers and a variety of other products. Grapes are a non-climacteric type of fruit, generally occurring in clusters.

South Africa is one of the leading producers of table grapes and the Star South group of growers consist of arguably the best producers in the region.  The drive for improvement and innovation leads to selection of the best varieties from premium breeding programs for flavour and shelf life to satisfy global customer demands.

Star South strives to be a complete exporter of table grapes by covering the full South African season from all regions. We partner growers with outstanding technical expertise and a quality mindset; producing great eating fruit with the ability to handle long shipping routes is essential. Every bunch of grapes is suited for a specific market region and consumer; serving a distinguished and diverse global client base.

We strive to deliver the right product to the right client, every time. Constant innovation in varieties, packing materials and systems is combined to stay with consumer trends, whilst the optimisation of production efficiencies enhances the value proposition. We treasure our existing client relationships, but also remain keen to develop new markets with new prospective clients.

We start the season in late October with early varieties from Namibia, Vioolsdrift and Limpopo; in December the Orange River region follows and from January onwards the season is completed by the Western Cape region through to April. Our growers and varieties overlap perfectly to ensure a solid supply of white, red and black grapes from start to finish.

Nutritional info

Grapes are versatile fruits used in a wide range of popular foods — from raisins to jelly or wine. They are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and have high amounts of the phytonutrient resveratrol, which is especially lauded for its heart benefits.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Black seeded (Black Gem, Dan Ben Hannah, Barlinka)
Black seedless (Autumn Royal, Sweet Joy, Adora, Midnight Beauty, Sable, Sweet Sapphire)
Red seeded (RedGlobe)
Red seedless (Crimson Seedless, Candy Hearts, Joybells, Flame Seedless, Sweet Celebration, Ralli Seedless, Krissy, Scarlotta, Allisson, Starlight, Tawny)
White seeded (Hanepoot, Victoria, Dauphine, Moonballs)
White seedless (Ivory, Early Sweet, Prime, Sweet Globe, Autumn Crisp, Sundance Seedless, Cotton Candy, Thompson Seedless)

AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

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Import

Packing Calendar

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Black Seeded
Alponse Lavalle
Barlinka
Black Gem
Bonheur
Dan Ben Hannah
Ebony Star
La Rochelle
Black Seedless
Autumn Royal
Blagratwo (Melody)
Desert Seedless
Midnight Beauty
Sable
Sugrasixteen
Sugrathirteen
Sugrathirtfour
Red Seeded
Red Globe
Tropical Delight
Red Seedless
Crimson Seedless
Desert Dawn
Flame Seedless
Sweet Celebration
Ralli Seedless
Scarlet Dew
Scarlotta (Sugranineteen)
Sheegene-20 (Alison)
Starlight
Sunred Seedless
White Seeded
Dauphine
Hanepoot
Starblush
Victoria
Waltham Cross
White Seeded (Moonballs)
White Seedless
Coachella
Grapeas (Early Sweet)
Prime
Regal Seedless
Sugraone
Sundance Seedless
Thompson Seedless

We serve four key groups across the diverse sector of fresh produce:

Fruit producers and retailers, both within South Africa and abroad. It’s a world of good produce, good people and good prices. An extensive, vast world which we navigate via committed one-on-one relationships, to offer personalised service and tailored solutions/shipments.

How can we help you?

Partner with us as we navigate the landscape together.