The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up and the vines are starting to wake up. This very exciting phenomenon is what we call budburst! So, what is budburst exactly? And when can you expect Budburst to happen?
Budburst signals the start of the growing season and is when the vines start to produce their leaves. This process is incredible to watch, as it literally looks like the buds are bursting open and new leaves are starting to appear.
The process can be fast, from the emergence of tiny buds to the bursting of the leaves all happens in a matter of days. Next, the vines will flower, self-pollinate and eventually, tiny grapes will appear. There can be implications though. A frosty spring can be problematic for the future grape harvest. The vines must be positioned to minimise the impact of frost and gain maximum benefit from the warmth of the sun.
Winemakers all over the world get excited about budburst, as it marks the beginning of a new vintage. Our vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley can't wait to see what the new season will bring - hello #vintage2023!
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