Vine Clinic: Millerandage

Millerandage: (French wine growing term). [mil-ROHN-dahdzh  – pronunciation] – refers to the failure of some grapes in a bunch to develop fully, resulting in berries of uneven size. It is often a result of cool weather during flowering. Also called “shot berries” and “hen and chicken“.

I am seeing some uneven berry size in my vines. This is more pronounced in the potted Aglianico than it is in the vineyard. This is the first crop these vines have given and it has been a strange year with a wet winter and spring and cool, cloudy days during flowering and after fruit set.

Millerandage on green grapes.

Millerandage on green grapes.

Millerandage with uneven ripening of clusters and berries within clusters.

Millerandage with uneven ripening of clusters and berries within clusters.

Millerandage. Close-up of a cluster showing uneven size and maturation.

Millerandage. Close-up of a cluster showing uneven size and maturation.

Millerandage. A more global view across several clusters.

Millerandage. A more global view across several clusters.

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