Ilusión-INIA, a new early table grape cultivar

Jorge Valenzuela B.1*, Nicole Hewstone O.1 y Carlos Muñoz S.1

Ilusión-INIA is an early ripening table grape (Vitis vinifera L.) cultivar released by the Table Grape Breeding Program at the La Platina Research Centre of the National Agricultural Research Institute, Santiago, Chile. Berries are medium-sized, green, firm, with a muscatel flavor. Fifty percent of the berries are seeded, but when treated with gibberellic acid for thinning only 10-20% of the berries are seeded. Gibberellic acid sprays may be applied combined with girdling. so as to increase berries size, Usually it shows two clusters per shoot, so one cluster can be removed. It ripens before ‘Perlette’. Some shoulders must be removed to improve fruit presentation. Post harvest life in good conditions can last up to 25-30 days at 0ºC.

Keywords: Vitis vinifera, early table grape, new cultivar.
1 Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Centro Regional de Investigación La Platina, Casilla 33/3, Santiago, Chile. E-mail: jovalenz@inia.cl *Autor para correspondencia.