WINE VINTAGE EXPLAINED – What Makes a Good Year For Wine

Have you ever heard “That was a great vintage” or “that was a great year for wine?” Wine made the same way, from the same vineyard, can be drastically different from year to year. There’s many variables, mostly weather related, that factor into how the wine will taste and age.

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Old vines tend to have deeper roots, so they produce a more consistent product year after year, but not necessarily better quality overall. The perfect year for wine is sunny, not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, and not too dry. Ideally, you get more rain early in the season little rain around harvest time. That will ensure there’s plenty of yield and the flavors and sugars are ultra concentrated during harvest.

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