Véraison at Lafond Vineyards

 Véraison is defined by Wikipedia as

Véraison is a French term, but has been adopted into the English literature on viticulture. The official definition of véraison is “change of color of the grape berries.” Véraison represents the transition from berry growth to berry ripening, and many changes in berry development occur at véraison.

The image of our Pinot Noir was taken July 24, 2009. According to Winemaker, Bruce McGuire, when 50% of the grapes have changed color the harvest is six weeks away. This is a selected vine and one of the most advanced, the rest of the vineyard has some catching up to do.

We will probably reach the 50% threshold by August 1 and by that time we will need to cover the vines with netting to protect them from our local bird population who seem to prefer Pinot Noir above all other varieties.

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