Well, I'm glad you asked!
Driving around Victoria at the moment you'll start to notice white nets being placed over the vines in your favourite vineyards, soon they'll all be covered and this is because it's VERAISON -
What's that I hear your say!?
Well, In viticulture, veraison is the onset of ripening. The term is originally French, but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of veraison is "change of color of the grape berries". When Grapes Turn Red. One of the most important moments in a grapevine's annual lifecycle is the onset of ripening, When the grapes turn from green to red and naturally begin to sweeten. The Nets that we are seeing at the moment and for the next couple of months are there to protect the fruit - with the sugar content increasing in the berries whilst ripening occurs, they are sweet temptation to birds and other wildlife, so the nets are there to keep the precious fruit from these little buggers, give as big yield as possible, so eventually we can enjoy as much wine as possible from this years vintage when it hits our wine glass!
Veraison also occurs in white grapes, but without the colour changes – white grapes simply become more translucent!
When you book a wine tour of The Mornington Peninsula or Yarra Valley with us, we can take you to these wonderful places and show you exactly what we mean.
we might even get you an exclusive access tour!!
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