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Quality-critical point in the annual vegetative cycle of the vine at which the grape harvest takes place. It is the end of the ripening period between véraison (beginning of ripening, where the berries begin to change colour) and grape ripeness. The period between flowering and maturation depends not only on the climate and weather but also on the ripening time (early to late) of the grape variety. Berries that are green before véraison have a relatively high content of acids, which are reduced during ripening, while the sugar content increases.

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