Veraison Thinning: Removing Grape Clusters After Color Change (The Journey Blog 8.24.10)

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Assistant Winemaker Ronald Du Preez discusses the importance of veraison thinning: dropping unevenly ripened grape clusters to the ground. Veraison, the color change in grapes, began in early August, a week behind schedule. With our cool summer temperatures, is now very important to remove unripened and unevenly ripened clusters from the vines to balance their energy and ensure the best, most uniform grapes get fully ripened in time for harvest before the summer ends.

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