This month is a special month for the Fruition Sciences team. We are very honored to be featured in the cover story of the September/October issue of Vineyard & Winery Management. As you probably know, since 2007, we’ve been helping grape growers and winemakers save water and improve the quality of […]

Update on Napa 2016 vintage, First half of the 2016 season illustrates the effects of warmer temperatures in a context of low water deficit due to high rain supply earlier from El Niño. The 2016 vintage is a unique opportunity to tease apart the effect of warm temperatures alone while […]

Several definitions exist to characterize grape berry maturity: technological, aromatic, polyphenolic, and enological:   Technological maturity is the time point beyond which berries do not accumulate more sugar and do not lose any more acidity. Phenolic maturity takes into account the quantitative and qualitative evolution of the berry polyphenols in the skin (anthocyanin […]

As we enter veraison, we observe that the window during which berries are changing color is stretching due to the weather cooling off. What does this mean for the uniformity of ripening? Traditionally it is assumed  that the rate of ripening is uniform between berries. Consequently, when a berry turns […]