'Crop Forcing' Can Delay Winegrape Ripening

on 13/08/10 at 3:27 pm


Vineyard trials testing the concept of “crop forcing” to shift grape ripening to the cooler part of the growing season for improved fruit quality could provide benefits not only for established warm climate grapegrowing regions, but could also be a future tool to address global climate change.

Photo: Berries on crop forced Cabernet Sauvignon vines remain small and green with several weeks of delayed ripening, in contrast with control vines in same row with normal ripening berries that have nearly completed veraison. Photos taken 8/10/2010 in CSUF vineyard.

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