With 300 days a year of cloudy skies and heavy clay soils – growing grapes in picturesque Ecuador is a real challenge! Or a pioneering achievement. But the tropical warmth is good for the fruit and our experience with grapes all over the world is vast. Because we at SanLucar are constantly evaluating new varieties of fruit, testing new growing areas and improving existing varieties. So what does it look like in our “grape testing laboratory”, in Ecuador?
At the beginning, we want to find out the best possible growing technique. In other words, which cultivation best suits the country, the region, the grape variety and so on. At the same time, we have to find an answer to the rainy season in Ecuador. Or to the fruit eating bats in the region. To prevent them from snacking on our grapes, we protect the fruit with paper bags. “We are like jugglers who maintain many balls in the air at the same time,” says Wil Lemmer, Varieties Manager at SanLucar. “We plant, evaluate, discard. A continuous cycle to find the very best solution.”