Bloom May 19, 2016 10:00
BLOOM is a major event in the vineyards. It is happening now.
Grape berries begin as tiny buds.
When all goes well the buds bloom into small unimpressive flowers. If you get close to a vine in full bloom you will detect a delightful subtle aroma. The flower self pollinates and you get a small green grape about this size ❍
Bloom is an important vineyard event because it creates the entire crop for the vintage. Thus some lore has developed around this event. Like -
Stay out of the vineyard during bloom.
Do not talk loudly around blooming vines.
Hope for dry weather during bloom because rain can wash pollen away.
Perfect “set” is when you get a full complete cluster of berries.
But in some vintages you get “shatter”.
Grape shatter is when buds don’t pollinate evenly or when the small green grape falls off the cluster. Heavy rain, extreme temperatures, timing and unknown things can cause shatter. After shatter you end up with less berries in a cluster and a smaller crop.
When all goes well. Three months later. Plump clusters ready to harvest.