Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/16/2019
Publication Date: 10/1/2019
Citation: Ledbetter, C.A. 2019. ‘Solbrio’ table grape. HortScience. 54(10):1864-1865. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI14311-19.
Interpretive Summary: Table grapes are an important commodity in California agriculture, representing 111,000 bearing acres in 2017. Over 100 million boxes are harvested annually in the industry, with shipment generally beginning in May and extending through the end of November. Consumers appreciate having a diverse selection of high quality table grapes throughout the ripening season. Development of new table grape cultivars is an important objective in the ARS fruit breeding program in Parlier, CA. Solbrio is the newest table grape cultivar bred and evaluated by ARS scientists. The new cultivar was released for propagation due to its consistent yield of well-textured berries that can be produced without any growth regulators. Its spur fruitfulness lends itself well to mechanical pre-pruning, and naturally loose clusters form without a gibberellic acid application. Table grape growers will appreciate the ease with which Solbrio can be produced.
Technical Abstract: Solbrio’ is an early midseason black-skinned seedless table grape (Vitis vinifera L.) suitable for production where V. vinifera can be grown. Significant characteristics of ‘Solbrio’ are its consistent production of large crunchy textured berries with full color development on spur-pruned vines without any applications of plant growth regulators. Berry taste is sweet and neutral with flesh texture playing an important role in consumer acceptability.