Founded in 2018 by the Gillespie family and run by the mother-daughter duo, Basia and Courtney Gillespie, Life’s Grape is on a mission to revamp the raisin industry with the new Selma Pete grape. Here’s our story on how we started Life’s Grape, breaking into the world of snacking and sharing the taste of GOOD LIFE ENERGY.
From the start, it’s always been a family affair. Our family has over 35 years of experience growing grapes on our vineyards in the gorgeous Central Valley region of California. We began planting the Selma Pete grapes 12 years ago to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our vineyards. We all have a background in Business and Courtney also studied Wine & Viticulture and Fruit Science.
A few years ago we expanded from just growers to a processor, ensuring the quality of the product from farm to table and we now ship the highest quality all-natural California Selma Pete grapes around the world. Once we realized how sweet and juicy our vine-dried grapes were, we thought, “Why not share with our close friends?” From there, they just kept coming back for more and that’s when Life’s Grape was born. We saw a chance to reinvent raisins and snacking. We’re there from start to finish making sure each package is sent out with love. With our constant care and farm-to-table freshness, you can trust that the grapes delivered to you are perfect and taste just right!
The brand, Life’s Grape, came to be as a representation of our family’s philosophy for life. Everyone has that one friend that is overly passionate about their work. Instead of just that one friend, we are a whole family of crazy grape people! Grapes are our life and when you enjoy life it’s great; Life’s Grape!
Our vine-dried grapes are exactly how they sound, once the grape is sweet and ripe, they are left hanging on the vine to dry under the canopy in the shade so that they maintain all their flavor without getting damaged from the sun.
The specific grapes we use are Selma Pete grapes, which are more juicy, meaty and flavorful than other grape varieties. Not only do we use these grapes for their better tasting flavor, but also they are a cross between three popular types of grapes and help us achieve sustainable farming practices. The longer the grapes stay on the vine, the better they taste and let’s be real, when you’re hungry for a snack, we either have healthy options that sacrifice flavor or vice versa. Not only are our vine-dried grapes Mother Nature’s tastiest treats, they are guilt free with benefits like:
- Under 120 calories
- Gluten free
- Cholesterol free
- Heart Healthy
- And so much more (we can seriously keep going but you get the point)
We currently have our Classics perfect for snacking, Minis as a recipe enhancer, and Dark Chocolate which are dipped in premium dark chocolate for when you need something a little more sweet. We’re aware of the old-fashioned classic raisin box, but trust us when we say that we set ourselves apart. With our resealable pouches or single-serve snack packs, our vine-dried grapes are a great snack to throw in your purse, a lunch box or grab with you on-the-go, but they’re also a sweet addition to spruce up a recipe whether it be a salad, sandwich or dessert! We have a couple inspiring ideas in mind that we’re excited to share with you on our blogs. So, follow us on our journey as we continue to share our GOOD LIFE ENERGY and revamp the raisin.