Veraison (Beginning of Ripening)

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Veraison (Beginning of Ripening)

It’s that time of year again! Veraison. It’s the point

Marquette grapes are used in our Marquette wine and as the base for our Chocolette wine

Marquette grapes are used in our Marquette wine and as the base for our Chocolette wine

in a grapevine’s growth cycle when the the grapes begin to turn color and ripen. I was able to get out in the vineyards over the weekend and take some photos of several different varieties. As you can see, each variety has a very different look — from the color of the grapes to the size and tightness of the bunches, to the shape of the leaves, each variety is different and ripens/matures at a different rate. Some varieties will be ready to harvest in late August while others won’t be picked until well into the Fall months. We will test brix (sugar level) and acids as the grapes ripen to determine when they should be harvested–but we don’t just rely on numbers, we also taste the grapes and factor in weather patterns and forecasts to determine the perfect time to harvest each vineyard.

Niagara - the grape behind White Side of the Moon

Niagara – the grape behind White Side of the Moon

Diamond - Diamond grapes are used in our Diamond and Dry Diamond wines and Lucy's in the Sky

Diamond – Diamond grapes are used in our Diamond and Dry Diamond wines and Lucy’s in the Sky

Traminette

Traminette

Noiret

Noiret – these grapes with a distinct black pepper note are used in our Noiret and Barrel-Select Noiret and our Rufus Red and Richter Red blends!

 

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