What is this term we call veraison? Veraison is the stage in the growing process when the grapes begin to soften and change color on the vine. This stage indicates the onset of ripening. It’s one of the most important moments in a grapevine’s annual lifecycle and currently in the Willamette Valley, we are seeing veraison everywhere due to a rather hot summer in the Northwest. Weather can be unpredictable here, and we never know when the temps could change or rain could begin. That’s the magic and mystery of grape-growing in this region. When will 2023 harvest begin? Only mother nature knows. Stay tuned!