Every Friday we’ll talk about a new word to give you a tiny glimpse at everything our students learn in the program.
Today’s word is “véraison”, and this is indeed a very seasonal one!
“Véraison” or “veraison” is the change of color in grape berries. It signals the onset of ripening, and many chemicals processes are at work behind the change of color, with aromas changing and sugar concentration increasing as a consequence.
Veraison happens at different times depending on vintage, geography and climate, but usually extends from the end of July to the end of August in France. Viticulture workers follow the phenomenon closely, sampling the berries, sometimes cutting back foliage so they get more sun as they ripen.