The centre has officially released two (2) wine grape varieties namely:-
I. Makutupora red
II. Chenin Blanc
They are twenty four (24) germplasm for wine, table and raisins at the genebank at the Centre retained for research purposes. Some of the wine grape germplasm include Syrah, Colombard blanc and Tintacao. Table grapes include Regina, Makutupora white, Black rose, Alphoncelavallee and Tajit Roservij and raisin grapes are Beauty seedless, Ruby seedless, Kismis creven and Halili Berry.
Characteristics of wine grapes
Ø Have medium -sized berries
Ø require normal irrigation in the field compared to table and raisins varieties
Ø Have sufficient juice for wine making
Characteristics of table grapes
Ø Have large berries and firmer pulp
Ø Have loose bunches and thicker skin, which make it easy to eat
Ø Requires intensive irrigation in the field
Ø Have moderate juice
A raisins means fresh fruit reaches the expected sugar content and maturity and dried for future consumptions.
Ø Have small seeded or seedless and early ripening berries that remain soft and not sticky
Efforts are on progress to ensure that other grape varieties are released. To attain that, the centre has established National Performance Trials (NPTs) so as to have enough data on place to attain criteria for releasing other grape varieties.