Old Vines

Treasured everywhere in the world, old vines are often described as “wise.”  They don’t expend useless energy forming unnecessary leaves. They focus on producing just a few grape clusters and ripening them well, rather than generating lots of clusters. Interestingly, what makes an old vine old is not defined by law. That said, most top producers consider a vine to be old once it’s over 40 years old. (There’s a human parallel here I’m afraid). Following are some different country’s terms for old vines.

  • France: Vieilles Vignes
  • Germany: Alte Reben
  • Portugal: Vinhas Velhas
  • Spain: Viñas Viejas
  • Italy: Antico Vitigno

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