Vitoria is a black seedless grape with medium sized, elongated, droplet-shaped berries, often presented in tightly packed bunches. The flavour is the most interesting aspect of the grape for consumers, being quite extraordinary compared to many modern varieties: perhaps even too flavoursome for some! The grape has a high level of sweetness with a strong and distinct flavour: the breeder describes the taste as reminiscent of raspberries, but it also reminds one of wine grapes, and even has a slight sense of fermentation on the tongue. For those looking for interesting flavours, this is a variety well worth trying. The variety is naturally high in acids, so sweetness levels at harvest have to be high (19o brix) to obtain good balance.
The colour of the berry is dark ebony black and there is usually a good bloom of natural waxy covering which stands-out so nicely on black grapes. The skin has slight resistance on biting, but is not tough, and though is noticeable on chewing, only produce slight astringency. The texture is relatively soft once through the skin, and the flesh is quite soft and juicy as it bursts into the mouth.
Vitoria is known for its tolerance to vine mildew. It is recommended for cultivation in tropical and subtropical areas.
Names: Vitoria; BRS Vitória
Origin: Vitória was developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) at the Experimental Station of Tropical Viticulture (EVT), in the Municipality of Jales, State of São Paulo (and perhaps named after the capital of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil). The variety was released in July, 2013
There is also a grape called Vittoria which is the result of a cross between the Cardinal and Aluz Ali, originating in Romania: the two should not be confused.
Grown in: Brazil (Sao Paulo, Paraná, Minas Gerais and in the sub-valley of San Francisco).
Harvest & Availability: In UK, Vitoria was initially marketed through Waitrose, but by 2016 season, increased volumes allowed sales through a wider range of supermarkets.
- October: Brazil
- November: Brazil
- December: Brazil