Veraison at Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade, Co.

Veraison is setting in at Mesa Park Vineyards.

Veraison is setting in, which means the green grape coloring is giving way to purple, one berry at a time.  The Merlot looks to be a light crop with some vines not producing any fruit and some bountiful ones toward the warmer part of the property.  The Cabernet Sauvignon is looking better, and the Cab Franc is the best.  This is a very busy and exciting time of year.  We need to water and spray once more before the netting goes up.

The netting protects the now sweet berries from the birds (see, veraison also means the flavors change from tart to sweet in the grapes, and the color change tells birds it’s time for a snack).  These starlets would eat every piece of fruit in this valley if they could!

While August is busy, we are moving rapidly toward WineFest, harvest and crush!  This is the best time of year to be in Palisade. Plan your visit as the days cool and around when the wine is made for a great behind the scenes tour.

Stay tuned next week for our  3rd Annual Behind the Winery Bash event details (and save the date: September 18)