08/21/2017

Veraison

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.
 
Veraison
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
Bud Break
Flowering
Fruit Set
Crop Thinning
Canopy Management
Veraison
Harvest
Destemming & Crush
Pressing & Fermentation
Aging
Bottling
Dormancy & Pruning

Next in the Vine to Vino series: Harvest