Does the age of the vine affect the quality of the wine?
Posted On December 28, 2017
You will sometimes see on French wine labels the term Vieilles Vignes (“old vines”). In California, many Zinfandels are made from vines that are more than 75 years old. In Europe, South America, Australia, and South Africa I’ve tasted many wines that were made with grapes from vines that are over 100 years old. Many wine tasters believe that these old vines create a different complexity and taste than do younger vines. In many countries, grapes from vines three years old or younger cannot be made into a winery’s top wine.