VERAISON- Grapes are showing progress

VERAISON

As we approach harvest, I thought I’d give a little update on the vineyard.  According to Randy Gold (vineyard supervisor), John Quinones (winemaker), Terry Light (ranch manager) and their assorted consultants, the vineyard has never looked better.  This bodes well for a promising harvest and another batch of wonderful RoxyAnn wines.

The French have a term (don’t they always), called Véraison .

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 (grape) development occur at veraison.  (thank you wikipedia)

Veraison means that the vineyard and winery staff will be closely monitoring the grapes over the next few weeks.  This is the time that the vines themselves stop growing and concentrate on fruit production.  this is the prelude to harvest.

It seems that some grapes are already showing great color and some, such as Merlot, are already tasting sweet.  This is normal as Merlot traditionally ripens early here at RoxyAnn.

Stay tuned, we will keep you posted as the grapes progress…

red grapes

red grapes

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