MOSCOW – A bunch of the high-end Ruby Roman grapes was sold for a record 1.4 million yen (US$12,700) at this year’s first auction in Japan’s central Ishikawa prefecture, fetching 100,000 yen more than the last year’s winning bid, reported Sputnik.
This year, a record high of 253 bunches of the Ruby Roman grapes were put up for auction, the Kyodo news agency reported on Friday, adding that the winning bid hit a record for the third straight year.
The premium fruit was bought by Hsieh Ming-ta, who runs an upscale Japanese supermarket chain in Taiwan, the news agency added.
“I want to introduce Ruby Roman to the people of Taiwan. When you think about the (grape) producers’ year of hard work, 1.4 million yen is cheap,” Hsieh was quoted as saying.
The Ruby Roman sort, exclusively grown in the Ishikawa prefecture, has ping-pong ball-sized grapes and is known for its high sugar content and low acidity. The inaugural auction was held in August 2008.