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Grape’s anatomy

Wine is made from grapes. Since we are so fond of wine, we will try and understand the nature and parts of these sweet little berries. The skin Some compounds of the skin are essential for the colour and aroma of wine. The skin of a grape contains anthocyanins, pigment compounds that give red wine its colour. It also has tannins, which add … [Read more...] about Grape’s anatomy

Veraison: when grapes change colour

The grapevines in a vineyard have a typical growth cycle, each stage showing its own, peculiar, characteristics. Today, we will describe what is known as ‘veraison’, a French word used to describe the colour change of wine grapes, as they transition each summer from green to purple or pale yellow. Actually, veraison marks the onset of ripening, … [Read more...] about Veraison: when grapes change colour

Vineyard soil types

Growing wine grapes is a process that requires great care. A great variety of factors are involved. Of the natural factors that determine the quality of the wine, three are obviously crucial: grape variety, type of soil and climate. We will focus here on the second factor: type of soil. The soil is so important that wine experts believe its … [Read more...] about Vineyard soil types

With the coming of spring, the grapevines bleed

Every year, toward the end of winter and the beginning of spring, as temperatures rise the grapevines start ‘bleeding’. This curious process, overlooked by everyone except viticulturists, marks the beginning of a new life cycle that finishes when the leaves lose their color and fall to the ground in the late fall. In spring, when the soil … [Read more...] about With the coming of spring, the grapevines bleed

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