The Wine Vintage Guide – Knowing Which Year to Choose

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In this video I take you through what a ‘vintage’ is and the factors that will affect whether a vintage will be successful or not.

I will also be providing you with a rundown of popular vintages from the last 20 years for various regions globally, to help you understand which years were successfully. This is particularly useful if you are looking to buy a special bottle and what to get a good year.

As noted in the video this is a guide only and your buying decision should be based on a number of factors, not the least of which is your own personal choice. Some winemakers are going to be able to product great wines year on year. The vintages I have included in this video are generally considered to be better from a broader winemaking perspective.

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