Véraison in five Chinese wine regions


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.

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Ningxia, China

The grapes are changing colour at Kanaan Winery

Credit: Kanaan Winery

Xinjiang, China

Marselan grapes at the final stage of véraison

Credit: Tiansai Vineyards

Shandong, China

Merlot grapes at Chateau Nine Peaks

Credit: Chateau Nine Peaks

Yunnan, China

Cabernet Sauvignon of Moët Hennessy's Shangri-La Winery, Yunnan Plateau, Yunnan

Credit: Shangri-La Winery

Beijing, China

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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