Winemaker John Wilson, in his walk through the vineyards this week, saw the first berry at the Oakville Estate vineyards to change color, signaling that we are heading into veraison season.
What is veraison? The official definition of veraison is “change of color of the grape berries” according to Wikipedia. ‘Veraison represents the transition from berry growth to berry ripening, and many changes in berry development occur at veraison’.
John explains, ‘Veraison is a little later this year compared with last year. I saw one berry this morning on the whole vineyard. I suspect that later next week there will be more consistent color in Oakville.’ Read more in coming blogs about the progress of Veraison at our vineyards and make sure you schedule a visit in the next few weeks to see for yourself this change in the grapes at Vine Cliff.