What is the lifecycle of a vine?

Foreign [Music] ER an international wine Communicator Educator and TV presenter if you've ever Passed a Barren looking Vineyard in Midwinter you may struggle to imagine it Full of life and heavy with ripe fruit Each year if the conditions are right The vine will undergo a miraculous Transformation in order to produce those All-important juicy grape bunches that Are used to make wine Let's take a look at what happens in the Vineyard throughout the year in the Springtime the vine awakens from its Winter Slumber little brown buds on the Bare wooden parts of the vine burst open Forming tiny green shoots much like the Trees in the bushes in your garden or Nearest park As the spring weather gets warmer a Canopy of leaves starts to form around As the green shoots continue to grow If you look closely around this time You'll notice lots of tiny white flowers Appearing on the vine not the beautiful Thought you'd want to display in a bars At home but these unassuming flowers are Nonetheless vital Each flower that pollinates successfully Is destined to become a grape From The Grapes first form though they Don't look particularly appetizing in Fact they look more like peas than

Grapes but like many other fruits these Little grapes will start to swell and Ripen in the warmth and sunlight of the Summer months eventually they'll start To change color and begin to take on a More familiar and quite frankly Reassuring appearance In the Autumn the grapes have ripened Sufficiently to have developed the right Amount of color flavor acid tannin and Importantly sugar [Music] Once the grapes are ripe it's Harvest Time Grape picking is done either by hand or By Machine sometimes the Harvest takes Place at night when it's much cooler so The grapes are fresher when they arrive At the winery Vines only actually grow for about eight Months of the year in the Autumn they Drop their leaves and remain dormant Throughout the winter And serving their energy for the next Crop Even a Vine needs to rest at some point To keep producing its best work Healthy Vine can have a productive Lifespan of well over 50 years producing An incredible crop of rapes Harvest After harvest And over the years the vine may start to Produce less fruit but quite often The Grapes produced by older Vines have much

More concentrated flavors You'll sometimes see the term Old Vine On a label Indication that you can expect something Powerful and flavorful inside the bottle We hope you enjoyed this three minute Wine School visit wsetgglobal.com to Find out more about taking a wsct course