Veraison marks the end of vegetative growth for the vine, and the commencement of ripening: the acid drops, and sugar accumulates in the grapes. Herbaceous character in the fruit starts to fade and more fruity flavors and aromas begin to appear. The time from veraison to picking can run from 40-60 days.
The biggest decision a winemaker can make is when to harvest. We use refractometers, pH meters and lab tests to analyze the juice of the grapes and the flavors in the skins. In European antiquity, harvest was determined by Saints' Days: the church calendar combined with experience would determine the date.
Red Door's grapes are very very close! Our harvest date is rapidly approaching, and we are likely to be pulling fruit this weekend.
We hope you'll stay tuned for more information ([email protected]) on Harvest and are able to join us for those activities. Because no matter which decision process is followed - scientific or religious - camaraderie in the vineyard is our most important measure of success. membership
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