Sun World’s growing locales were carefully selected for their optimal soils and distinct growing seasons. Because we aim to provide delicious table grapes, we’ve carefully chosen prime areas in the Coachella Valley, Southern San Joaquin Valley and the Oxnard Plain where we can cultivate our superior offerings. You’ll find these treasured locales offer a combination of superb natural resources that yield the most distinctive of fruits.
A sliver of majestic land 45 miles long and 15 miles wide, the Coachella Valley in Riverside County is nestled between mountain ranges and the unique saltwater lake, the Salton Sea. This land’s legacy is an abundance of sandy soil with excellent water-holding capacity that can sprout beautiful plants time and time again. Our legacy is built upon it.
Sun World nurtures the enriched soils of two distinct microclimates within the Coachella Valley: the Mecca Slope and the Oasis region. The harvests of these two regions follow the sun from east to west, allowing us to begin growing our delicious grapes on the Mecca Slope and finish our harvests on the Oasis. Because of Coachella’s microclimates and warm year-round temperatures, you get to indulge in refreshing grapes throughout the year.
The lush Mecca Slope rolling off the Little San Bernardino Mountains is marked by an early growing season. Because this land faces west, we can take advantage of more sunlight and higher temperatures that allow sugars to develop in grapes for a delightfully sweeter taste. The Mecca Slope also lies several 100 feet off the Valley floor, which means cold air drains off the slope and we rarely experience spring frosts. These rich soils vary from rocky to very sandy and are farmed with drip irrigation to yield some of the region’s earliest table grapes: our signature SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® and MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® brand grapes, and Flame Seedless grapes.
Eroded from the surrounding mountains, the land in the Oasis region is extremely fertile and boasts good water-holding capacity. Because the Oasis’ microclimate offers a later growing season, we can transition our crops from the Mecca Slope to the Oasis to extend their availability. We harvest our distinct table grapes from early June through late June on this rich land.
Once flooded with ocean water. Once a fresh water lake. Once a swampland. The San Joaquin Valley’s geological history has manifested some of the richest soils in the world. This famed area known as “the food basket of world” yields 8% of world’s produce, feeding people from Alaska to Zimbabwe. Early settlers controlled the overflowing waters of the Kern River to transform soggy land into an agricultural mecca where our grapes grow amidst plentiful water and warm rays from the sun. The San Joaquin Valley is our largest growing region. We take full advantage of its hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters to produce a harvest that runs south to north from the base of the Tehachapi Mountains to the Wasco region.
Our beautiful ranches nestled against the Tehachapis are home to some of Sun World’s best performing SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® grape vineyards. Heavy sand loam soils with high water holding capacity keep vineyards in excellent shape, yielding luscious grapes for you to enjoy. And because the sloped land faces west and benefits from long hours of warm sunlight, we’re able to harvest SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® brand grapes, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® brand grapes and Flame Seedless grapes throughout July.
Wasco’s heavier soils combined with water drawn from the Kern River yield an abundance of fruit, including grapes harvested from July (SUPERIOR SEEDLESS® brand grapes and Flames Seedless grapes) and August (MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® and SABLE SEEDLESS® brand grapes) to November (Crimson Seedless and SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS® brand grapes). The cooler climate is ideal for our unique late-season grapes, and helps create the bold red and black skins that look so mouthwatering. We are currently developing new late season grape varieties so you can continue to enjoy luscious grapes well beyond the typical summer availability.