Today on Bele Casel’s Facebook, Luca posted the photo above and the passage below. “We’ll step aside,” he wrote, “And we’ll let Mother Nature do her job.”
Veraison, one of the most important moments of the vine’s vegetative cycle, is the onset of ripening. In a lot of ways, as Luca notes above and as you’ll see in the passage below, it’s the moment that the grape grower “steps aside,” as Luca wrote. At this point forward, when the grapes change color, the grape grower can’t do much more to “guide” the vines as they achieve full ripening. For red grapes, the berries turn from green to red. For white grapes, they lose their light green color and take on a their golden green color. It’s also the moment that the size of the berries is determined, which is also extremely important for the quality of the vintage.
The following post comes from the Treviso chapter of the Italian Federation of Independent Grape Growers. The photo as well. (English translation by our blogmaster.)
It’s such an exciting and emotional moment for us, like any grape grower. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Technically it’s called veraison [editor’s note: a French term; inviatura in Italian]. It’s one of the phases of grape ripening: The fist moment in which the berries lose their green color and they begin their journey toward full ripening. During this phase, they reveal their character. It’s a highly emotional moment. You could almost call it a “point of contact” between vine and humankind. In moments like this, you have a palpable sense that the vine is life. It’s almost like an EKG when the beep starts to follow your heart beat. In this moment, the grapes begin to “light up” slowly in the vineyard like a thousand little lamps. And it marks the last phase of the vintage.