The explosion of grape varieties has been and continues to be one of the top stories coming out of the California grape deal. Gone are the days when just a few public varieties dominate and virtually every grower and shipper has them.
Growers and retailers alike are looking for limited edition varieties and Columbine Vineyards in Delano, CA, is a full participant in that game. “We have a few proprietary varieties right now but we have several in [research and Continue Reading
Columbine Vineyards is the First Farm in Kern County to receive the Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification
Columbine Vineyards, a family‐owned table grape operation in Delano, CA., has received the Fish Friendly Farming (FFF) Environmental Certification. The FFF certification is issued to farm and range properties that are operated with practices that protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitats. The FFF Certification Program is operated by the Napa‐based non‐profit‐ Ca. Land Stewardship Institute (CLSI) and is considered the most
DELANO, CA – To bring California table grapes even further to the forefront of future generations, Columbine® Vineyards has announced a new, customized education program for elementary students, flush with interactive presentations and materials.
“The education program is first targeting the Delano School District where Columbine® Vineyards is located,” said Loraine Caratan, Columbine Vineyards’ Ambassador and Curriculum Instructor. “We will reach about 2,000 students each year.”
As part of the program, Columbine designed colorful grape characters to lead students through Continue Reading
DELANO, CA – As the fall grape harvest ramps up in Delano and Arvin, California, Columbine Vineyards is bringing growth, flavor, and innovation to the company’s retail partners as we move into the holiday push.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Sales Manager Anthony Stetson and Lauren Olcott, Marketing Representative, join me to discuss this busy time of year and what Columbine is doing to bring more value to the produce department.
DELANO, CA – Throughout its more than 90 years of shipping grapes out of Delano, California, it’s been no secret that Columbine Vineyards cares deeply about its local community. Throughout this year, President and CEO, Martin Caratan, and his staff have been hard at work to support Delano’s thriving ag-focused community, working with Delano Joint Union High School District Migrant Education program, as well as lending a helping hand to Delano High School’s on school farm.
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DELANO, CA – The time of Columbine Vineyards’ proprietary Holiday® grapes has arrived.
“Holiday® grapes have jumbo berry size, excellent and unique flavor, with impressive eye popping appeal,” Anthony Stetson, the company’s Sales Manager, shares with me when I ask what it is that has differentiated the variety from others in its category.
Columbine has started to ship the first Holiday® grapes of the season this week, and Anthony says Continue Reading
Nearly a century old, the Caratanfamily’s table-grape operation flourishes in California’s tough business climate.
Martin Caratan drives his electric cart alongside hisvineyards near Delano, California, surveying the grapeharvest under the blazing San Joaquin Valley sun. Hestops and steps out into the long rows of vines, speakingSpanish to employees as they skillfully pick the sweet,juicy grapes hanging under leafy green canopies.In some ways, this is still the world of Caratan’s grandfather,Marin, a Croatian immigrant who started thefamily’s table-grape business here in Continue Reading