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What does the 'vintage date' on a bottle of wine indicate?

Asked by nargis bhambi, 17 Sep '08 10:46 pm
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The date of the bottle of wine refers to the date the grapes were picked and the wine bottled. However you said Vintage which is a different matter, particularly with red wine because not every year is called a Vintage year. A season of grapes which is extremely good is declared a Vintage year. Vintage wines can be kept in the correct conditions for some years - especially fortified wines such as Port or Sherry. Whereas bottled wine from ordinary harvests which are nothing special have a shelf life of say 2 years, particularly some white wines, so have to be drunk fresh before they deteriorate in quality.
Answered by Janis, 17 Sep '08 11:10 pm

 
  
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The vintage date indicates the year in which the grapes were harvested. BUT that depends on the country of origin; more often than not, a vintage date does not guarantee that the wine was made exclusively with grapes grown that year.
Answered by amit kumar, 17 Sep '08 10:48 pm

 
  
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The vintage date indicates the year in which the grapes were harvested.
The one exception is for very late harvested wines in Europe such as 'eiswein' (or 'icewine' in Canada). Even though the harvest of the grapes may extend past January 1st, the wine still carries the vintage year of the year in which the grape were grown.
In the Northern Hemisphere, grapes are usually harvested between August through October (depending on the grape variety and local climate). Grapes harvested in October of 2003 will carry the 2003 vintage date even though the finished wine may not be released until 2004 (or even 2005 for many red wines).
In the Southern Hemisphere, grapes are harvested from February though April. Wines made from grapes harvested in March of 2003 will carry the 2003 vintage date no matter when the finished wines are released.

Regulations in the United States require that 95 percent of the grapes used to make a wine must come the harvest in th ...more
Answered by Gaurav Malhotra, 17 Sep '08 11:57 pm

 
  
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It indicates how unaffordable it might be........
Answered by john hope, 17 Sep '08 10:58 pm

 
  
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