January 23, 2024 by
Maytte Rivera

Véraison is a part of the vine’s life cycle where the grapes change color, sugar levels rise and acid content lowers. During this time, grapes start producing anthocyanins, the component which gives grapes their pigment. Black grapes start turning red and purple, while white grapes become translucent and golden.  Véraison also causes grapes to ripen, tannins become less bitter and flavor compounds develop.

The duration of this process depends on the grape variety and the climate in the region where they are planted. It usually takes place during July and August in the northern hemisphere and January to February in the southern hemisphere. Keep this in mind for your next vineyard visit if you want to experience one of the most beautiful moments of the vine! Some of our partner wineries undergoing véraison right now are Altos Las Hormigas in Argentina, Miguel Torres in Chile, Kim Crawford in New Zealand, and Red Schooner in Australia.

Author: Maytte Rivera

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