A vine Aoutement where canes become darker and start to lignify

Aoûtement is a French term used to designate the ‘Cane Ripening’ (where the canes lignify) that can happen in the month of August (‘Août’ in French) in the Northern Hemisphere.

Careful study reveals that the vines that are the first to begin aoûtement and where it progresses quickly yield the best wines.

This is because early and rapid aoûtement indicates a modicum of water stress, as well as generous plant levels of carbohydrates, both of which contribute to rapid fruit ripening. As a result, Aoûtement has been incorporated into vineyard grading systems used to forecast wine quality.

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