This past weekend we travelled to the North Fork of Long Island for a Dinner in the Vines at Lenz Winery.
We took some time to walk the vines. This is a very important time of year for the wine growers, known as Véraison (Vay-ray-zoN). This wine growing term, from the French, is used to mean “the onset of ripening”.
All grapes start out very small and acidic (not good to taste). During véraison the berries become soft and take on the colors characteristic of their specific varieties. White grapes change from green to whitish golden. Red/Black grapes change from green to their final color.
Looking at the color of the grape skins can finally give you an indication of the final color of the wine. Also, inside of the grapes, acid levels decrease and sugar levels increase.
Because the grapes are finally getting sweet this is also the time that wine growers will cover the vines with nets to protect them from the hungry birds.
Took a few pictures of the process for you enjoy…
Next step…wine harvest.