Small-town farmer's vision turned international culinary success.

1986

BIG IN JAPAN

Mojave Gold’s owner and wholesaler, Don Kizirian, begins making a name for himself overseas as he farms in the San Joaquin Valley and exports an ordinary variety of loose raisins to Japan.


1992

WARMER CLIMATES

Farming begins in Cadiz, CA, an unincorporated community in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The extreme climates and limited irrigation from underground ancient glacial water proved to be the perfect combination for raising red flame seedless grapes.

red flame seedless grapes that make raisins on the vine

1995

RAISINS ON THE VINE

After buying four new ranches in the Coachella Valley, Mojave Gold finds its footing as Kizirian perfects techniques needed to grow, trim, and handle cluster raisins.

1996-2009

INCREASE IN DEMAND

With farming underway and the Asia market booming, the interest in the US market is on the rise. Kizirian sees an opportunity and the need to develop a more efficient method of growing and harvesting his crops.

2010

NEW DIGGS

Construction begins on a brand-new plant in Thermal, CA. A 16,000-square-foot packing house and two 6,000-square-foot long-term storage buildings are developed for the unique harvesting process and handling care the clusters require.


2012

FULL SPEED AHEAD

The new plant opens on July 31st in Riverside county. Mojave Gold is recognized for helping develop the area as one the nation’s top 23 exporting regions, employing more than 40 residents, and increasing property tax revenues.

forklift driver stacking trays of raisins on the vine at mojave gold packing facility

2017

With a heavy heart Mojave Gold announces the loss of their founder and creative genius. Don passed away on May 25, 2017 but through love and determination, Don’s wife Lynette and family, along with his employees continue his vision and passion. Don's spirit will forever be the foundation of Mojave Gold.


2020

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Mojave Gold Raisins on the Vine are no longer the best-kept secret of the Far East. Their popularity has spread nation-wide, showing up in many specialty food stores, wine and cheese bars, and even the Food Network. The future for these one-of-a-kind raisins are truly endless.

raisins on the vine raisin cluster on a wooden charcuterie board next cheese, olives and bread