Veraison is the onset of ripening
Explore each step in the series, Vine to Vino: the lifecycle of a grape. This time, learn about veraison, and then see what's ahead for the year to come.
Adopted by English speakers from the French word "véraison" (verr-ray-zohn), veraison is the onset of ripening, denoted by the grape berries changing color. At this stage, the plant adapts its focus from energy creation through photosynthesis, to energy use, by way of sugar creation to sweeten the fruit, as well as acid development. Verasion itself takes about a week's time, then around six weeks after the color change occurs, the grapes will be ready to harvest for wine making.
The Lifecycle of a Grape
Destemming & Crush
Pressing & Fermentation
Dormancy & Pruning
Next in the Vine to Vino series: Harvest