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Keeping an eye on the ripening grapes in the Bourgogne region

Before harvesting can begin, one needs to keep a close eye on the grapes in each plot so that they are picked at optimum ripeness.

Maturity of the grapes in Bourgogne 2018

• Did you know?
Every year, once véraison is well underway, the Bourgogne Wine Board’s Technical and Quality Service carries out grape ripeness monitoring across a selection of reference plots, in conjunction with Vinipôle Sud Bourgogne.
This monitoring has been carried out since 1988 across the five winegrowing areas of the Bourgogne region, from Chablis to the Mâconnais. To ensure this monitoring properly reflects the maturity of the grapes, samples are taken twice-weekly from plots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay, planted using the same clone.
Checking the ripeness of the grapes provides valuable information for winegrowers, particularly in term of the sugar and acidity content of the grapes. It also allows for comparisons to be drawn from one vintage to another.

In parallel to this network in the Bourgogne winegrowing region, the BIVB’s Technical and Quality Service also checks ripeness across selected plots where Crémant de Bourgogne grapes are grown, in partnership with the union of Crémant de Bourgogne producers and the Chamber of Agriculture in the Yonne. Further tests are carried out on vineyards producing still wines in the Côte-d’Or and Saône-et-Loire departments in partnership with local industry bodies.

• What’s happening in the vines this year in the Bourgogne winegrowing region?
The first berries began to take on color in mid-July, but véraison proper started somewhat late due to the lack of rain. Click here to find out more about this period.
At the end of July, the heatwave began, and we had to wait until 7 August for the first storms to break. However, the rainfall was very varied from sector to sector. As a result, maturity is anything but homogenous, depending on the amount of precipitation that fell in August. Harvesting will start of the first plots of grapes to be used to make Crémant de Bourgogne this week, confirming that the 2018 vintage will indeed be an early one.

We wish all our winemakers and growers an excellent harvest, and for those unlucky ones unable to take part, we will be keeping you informed as events unfold.
 

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