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