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Tag Archives: Ripeness in viticulture

• Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

“During the grape harvest of 2013, I was visiting Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s most expensive wines. As I walked the vineyards with winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, harvesters all around us carved gorgeous, lush, fully ripe bunches of Sangiovese grapes from the vines. And then they dropped them on the ground, […]

• What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

Bouchard Père et Fils head winemaker Philippe Prost shares his views on what makes Chardonnay great and who are producing inspirational expressions of the grape. Prost, who has been with Burgundy’s Bouchard since 1978, stresses the importance of achieving ideal maturity for top Chardonnay, and says that the grape requires a long cool ripening period to […]

• Austria braced for small but high quality harvest

Austria braced for small but high quality harvest

The Austrian Winegrower’s Association has predicted an excellent harvest even if quantities will be less than average. Frost and hail caused millions of euros worth of damage earlier in the year and the AWA’s president, Josef Pleil, stated that the final yield would be between 2 and 2.2 million hectolitres below average. However, the quality […]

• Napa 2010: long cool summer promises 'European' vintage

Napa 2010: long cool summer promises 'European' vintage

Napa vintners are gearing up for one of the coolest harvests on record – and many are saying wines will be more balanced, elegant and lower in alcohol as a result. While grapes have been slow to ripen in the long cool growing season, vineyards have also been prey to a number of different hazards […]

• Grape growers are making up for lost time

Grape growers are making up for lost time

Sonoma County harvest begins in earnest after high temps ripen fruit. This time last week, Glenn Alexander was waiting for grapes to ripen and struggling to keep his workers busy. But since Sunday, the president of Bacchus Vineyard Management has been in overdrive. Alexander is operating on three hours of sleep, a noon nap and […]

• Bordeaux 2010 small but perfectly formed, vintners say

Bordeaux 2010 small but perfectly formed, vintners say

The first red grapes for the 2010 harvest rolled in on Sunday as Saint Emilion held its annual Ban des Vendanges, with bullish vintners talking up a ‘small but very good’ vintage. Across Bordeaux most chateaux are holding off until next week, but some younger vines and Merlots on early-ripening terroirs will be picked over […]

• A Bull Market for Wine: Top vintages have outperformed almost every other asset class over the past decade. How much longer can it last?

A Bull Market for Wine: Top vintages have outperformed almost every other asset class over the past decade. How much longer can it last?

The flowering of the vines in Bordeaux took place in unsettled conditions this year. The chances are that the region’s grapes will not all ripen at the same time. This in turn will make for a tricky harvest and – in all probability – a small, weather-affected crop for the 2010 vintage. There have also […]

'Crop Forcing' Can Delay Winegrape Ripening

'Crop Forcing' Can Delay Winegrape Ripening

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 […]

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