It’s that time for Veraison

It’s that exciting time of year for veraison…

For those who don’t know what that is, according to Wikipedia:

Véraison is a viticulture term meaning “the onset of ripening”. It is originally French, but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of veraison is “change of color of the grape berries.” Veraison represents the transition from berry growth to berry ripening, and many changes in berry development occur at veraison.

Yup, so that’s what it is.  The grapes are going from green to purple and growing in size.  I find it to be a really fascinating time in the vineyard because it is so visually stunning.  It shows that the fruit is moving along very well and that the berries are getting bigger, softening, and showing the rich color of purple.  Other signs that the vineyard is doing well this year is the strong four foot shoots and the nice spread of the canopy for protecting the grapes.  Even with the weird weather from hot to cool/rain, the grapes are doing perfectly.   Here’s some shots for you all to enjoy that I took last Friday…



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