Véraison is an important moment in the growing cycle of wine grapes; when red grapes turn from green to dark, and when the grapes become sweet.
It marks the beginning of the ripening phase for the grapes.
It’s currently happening in many vineyards across the northern hemisphere, and in a few months time, the grapes will be ripe and ready for harvest.
‘Reports of véraison have started to come in, and the upcoming warm weather will surely accelerate ripening. Crop size seems healthy, and we are hopeful for another outstanding vintage,’ said Matt Reid, winemaker at Benessere Vineyards in Napa Valley.
In southern hemisphere regions, like ones in South America and Australia, this happens around December, ahead of their harvest in the spring.
Below are a selection of photos from wineries of it in action, from five major wine regions in China.
The grapes are changing colour at Kanaan Winery
Credit: Kanaan Winery
Marselan grapes at the final stage of véraison
Credit: Tiansai Vineyards
Merlot grapes at Chateau Nine Peaks
Credit: Chateau Nine Peaks
Cabernet Sauvignon of Moët Hennessy's Shangri-La Winery, Yunnan Plateau, Yunnan
Credit: Shangri-La Winery
Nearly all of the grapes have changed colour here at Chateau Bo Long Bao, in Beijing.
Credit: Chateau Bo Long Bao
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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