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What's veraison?
Tracy Taylor sheds light on colour changes

Veraison is the stage when grapes on bunches begin to soften and sugars start to accumulate in the grape berries.  Up till now the grapes have been building the seed inside the grape.  At veraison the grapes work on building the sweet fruity part of the berry so it will be attractive to birds, so they will eat the grapes and spread the seeds.

In red varieties, for example Pinot noir, the grapes change colour and begin to redden at this stage.  Sauvignon blanc berries (and all other white varieties) become translucent or slightly see-through as they soften.  They also take on a golden colour as they ripen.