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 […]

A new technique to manage irrigation in the vineyard The regulation of vine transpiration is a fundamental process that determines the harvest quality. Continuously monitoring the vine transpiration helps to characterize the intensity of water deficit. Transpiration level reflects the simultaneous effects of climate, water, soil and varietal on water […]

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 […]

Fruition Sciences attended the Giesco conference, which took place in Gruissan and Montpellier, France between May 31st and June 5th. The Giesco is an international group of experts in viticulture who discuss findings about the newest trends in vineyard research and their consequences on fruit and wine composition. Because the group involves […]

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 […]