For the various wine country regions in California it is a restful time. Winemakers are at ease. The rainy season is upon us to replenish the nutrients of the vines. The vines leaves are turning to fall colors. The California temperatures are chilly and cool. The harvested grapes turned into wines are resting in their tanks and barrels.
The grapevines are waking up from their long winter slumber. Early March, new buds open and push tiny green shoots out to enjoy the mild spring weather. Budbreak is here and the grape growing season starts. Vineyard crews will begin tending the vineyards so that sufficient air and sunlight can be captured by the rows of grape vines. The crews will be tying and training vines to the wire trellis systems.
The grape clusters have appeared on the vines. The grapes are ripening as the sunlight gives the grapes their warmth. The cooling temperatures at night allow the grapes to maintain their acidity. A natural balance is being reached. In early August “Veraison” occurs as the grapes soften and take on color. Harvest season is expected within in about one month to six weeks away from “Veraison”.
The vines are full and heavy with grape clusters which means “Harvest Season “ is here. Sugar levels are checked many times and the grapes are picked in the morning hours. Upon being harvested the grapes are taken to the winery to be destemmed/crushed. The skins are broken away from the fruit and the grapes and an indescribable aroma is released. Yeast is pitched and the fermentation process is commenced to convert sugar to alcohol to make the wine.