Definition of vintage in English:

vintage

noun

  • 1The year or place in which wine, especially wine of high quality, was produced.

    ‘1982 is one of the best vintages of the century’
    • ‘In great vintages their wines are sublime and in lesser years forward (for Barolo) and delicious.’
    • ‘Except for the crus, most Beaujolais should be drunk within two to three years of the vintage to retain the wine's fruitiness and brightness.’
    • ‘‘Merlot, vintage 1765,’ she read softly, and almost dropped the bottle in shock.’
    • ‘Great vintages of Barsac and Sauternes can not only age, but also actually improve over several decades developing concentration, distinction and power unequalled by any other wine during its life in the bottle.’
    • ‘An open bottle of vintage dated Madeira can last for months, years, maybe even decades.’
    • ‘The term vertical refers to a number of successive vintages of the same wine.’
    • ‘However, in less than good vintages, Sauvignon Blanc from this area can be mean and lean.’
    • ‘Most whites, and many reds, are best within three years of the vintage; wines that age well increase in price over time.’
    • ‘This would be the vintage of the wine, the year in which the grapes were harvested for the wine.’
    • ‘The owners of famous vineyards could sell their wines in the lesser vintages because of their fame, but you were stuck with wine you couldn't sell easily.’
    • ‘In many vintages hardly any Beerenauslese wine is produced anywhere in Germany.’
    • ‘South Australia's Eden Valley is a top Aussie spot for Riesling and 2002 is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Riesling vintages in years.’
    • ‘Only pedigree wines of fine vintage improve with age.’
    • ‘My palate was yearning for some simple, fruity wine from the latest vintage.’
    • ‘The following is my Bordeaux appellation by appellation report of the red wines of the vintage.’
    • ‘Nowhere is this more important than with Burgundy where in great vintages some famous people make average wines and in poor vintages a really dedicated winemaker can still make an excellent wine - at a good price.’
    • ‘Unlike in other wine regions, a port is only declared a vintage if the quality is deemed exceptional.’
    • ‘Unlike some of the best Bordeaux vintages, the wines are often bothered by a hint of earthy greenness, but in 2000 the grapes got ripe, retained acidity and exhibited supple tannins.’
    • ‘The truth is that unless you are a wine trade insider buying the right wine from the right vintage at the right time for the right price, you will never make money on a grand scale out of wine.’
    • ‘Previous vintages of Katnook's Cabernet Sauvignon were equally successful.’
    1. 1.1 A wine of high quality made from the crop of a single identified district in a good year.
      • ‘Future studies will focus on mixtures, different vintages of the same wine, and regional variations in varietal wines.’
      • ‘Yet, once you're there, ordering a top vintage with your mates, there's no denying you're a fully-fledged adult.’
      • ‘A fascinating part of the tour was to taste vintage 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot maturing in two types of French oak, as well as American and Bulgarian.’
      • ‘Kiwis have gone from drinking cask wine and sherry to learning to appreciate quality vintages, and that's a development he'll drink to any day.’
      • ‘We're popping the cork on a champagne vintage found beneath the sea.’
      • ‘There's Cuvée Dom Perignon vintage champagne and lashings of caviar.’
      • ‘Just to give you some idea of the expense he didn't spare, he cleared out all his belongings when he left, but overlooked a couple of bottles of wine. One was Dom Perignon 1996, one of the best recent champagne vintages.’
      • ‘But the brutish Hemingway will give him no quarter, downing the excellent vintage in a single gulp.’
      • ‘The wines are continually tasted, and when he judges that they have reached their peak, they are carefully blended to create the chateau's premier cru vintage wine.’
      • ‘The other more current problem with older vintage wines like this is today's consumer.’
      • ‘Architects of Wine, which offers to choose fine vintages for rich investors, set up a Grand Cayman office to attract rich Americans.’
      • ‘Buying any new, unproven French vintage en primeur, when the wine is still maturing in cask, is a dodgy business.’
      • ‘To boot, you do not have to eat to buy a bottle of the rare vintage of Noyce vino.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how the company manages to source a Grand Cru vintage champagne from the Côte des Blanc for under £20, but let's be grateful that it does.’
    2. 1.2literary mass noun Wine.
      • ‘Remember how poor our wine was, unlike this glorious vintage.’
      • ‘Wine lovers in the U.S. are increasingly describing their favorite vintage as molto buono, instead of très bon.’
      • ‘He took a sip of a particularly loathsome vintage, chewed on it for a few seconds and, just as he was about to spit, someone tapped him on the arm to ask him a question.’
      • ‘No, he hooked up his kid with wine, and I bet it was a pretty decent vintage too.’
    3. 1.3 The harvesting of grapes for winemaking.
      ‘the work songs of the scything and the vintage’
      • ‘When fickle Mother Nature looks favorably on the French region, however, no place in the world yields more spectacular vintages than the region's Côte d' Or vineyards.’
      • ‘Wines in America currently require only 95% of the grapes to come from a given vintage.’
      • ‘From the vintage 1999 on, all the grapes for Barolo were vinified 100% with the new system.’
      • ‘Like a weather forecast expert, she recalled in detail the characteristics of the season of a vintage produced by her chateau.’
      • ‘He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;’
      • ‘All the Sauvignon Blancs I tasted were from the 2002 vintage, and on this showing it seemed that the harvest had been kind to both vine and grape.’
      • ‘It is a blend of usually the three best recent vintages, from the best vineyards and the best grapes.’
      • ‘Usually no more than 15 per cent of these blends may hail from a different vintage, or region, or grape.’
      • ‘There is a natural information schema in the world of wine, based on things like country of origin, regions, vintners, vintage, kinds of grapes, and so on.’
      • ‘The 2000 vintage has been so kind to grape growers around the world that most of them have produced excellent wines.’
      • ‘The designs on the shield of Achilles, in Book XVIII of the Iliad, contrast scenes of peace and harmonious governance, harvest and the vintage with scenes of war and battle.’
      • ‘A garage wine in the true sense, the 1.4 hectare vineyard yields a miserly 4,000 bottles in a good vintage.’
      • ‘After the 2005 vintage no longer will any white grapes be allowed in the Chianti Classico blend and an era will come to an end in the hills south of Florence.’
      • ‘Our climate isn't insuperable, but it makes winemaking difficult in most vintages.’
      • ‘In lesser vintages the grapes do not ripen as well as elsewhere but in warmer years the wines can be excellent value.’
      • ‘His mission was to make sure the prime suspect was released in time to bring that year's vintage to harvest.’
      • ‘‘The weather's almost always good for the grapes,’ he says, ‘and vintages don't vary much at all.’’
      • ‘The 2001 vintage was a stunning one for Sauternes, and their grapes produced wines oozing in sweetness.’
    4. 1.4 The grapes or wine produced in a particular season.
      ‘they have released the 1988 vintage of their best-selling red wine’
      ‘he never lost a vintage through frost’
      • ‘Non-vintage blends change slightly from season to season as older vintages are replaced, which explains why this ripe, soft, velvety, blackcurranty Cabernet is gentler and creamier than previous batches.’
      • ‘Every Italian fan drools over the quality of the Tuscan and Piedmontese 1997 and 1999 vintages.’
      • ‘Loire Cabernet Francs are at their best in hot vintages like 2003, when their potentially stalky flavours are transformed by sunshine.’
      • ‘Blending two consecutive vintages is another common, modern wine-producing practice for cheaper wines, to ensure that the switch from one to the other is not too sudden.’
      • ‘In the solera system, wine from many vintages is matured in the cellars in separate casks.’
      • ‘Until I tasted the 2000 vintage of this Languedoc Chardonnay, I was not very keen on the confected style of this heavily promoted southern white.’
      grape harvest, grape gathering, grape crop, harvest, crop, yield, year's growth
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  • 2The time that something of quality was produced.

    ‘rifles of various sizes and vintages’
    • ‘If the freak occurrences in pre-season testing are anything to go by, 2000 is threatening to be a vintage (ie: the most competitive) year.’
    • ‘Those of you who are of my vintage will remember the wall map from your school days - the good old Mercator's Projection.’
    • ‘People of my vintage will instantly recognise this as most certainly not produced by any common typewriter in use in 1973.’
    • ‘It betrays the vintage of Bartok's quartets no 3 and 4 showing much the same use of one permutating motive governing the total thematic discourse.’
    • ‘Those of us of a certain vintage will remember what a national day of shame this was.’
    • ‘Their sound is of the vintage of rock 'n' roll's dawning days, raw but tight, energized but not unduly aggressive.’
    • ‘If there is a better novel published this year it's going to be a hell of a vintage.’
    • ‘Among the established heavyweights there has been extensive backing of Holland with bookmakers, while Spain are justifiably in fashion compared to relatively poor vintages on offer from Germany and Italy.’
    • ‘We haven't seen Schumacher at his vintage best this year, but he hasn't performed badly either.’
    • ‘After his 68 on the first day, the wine farmer uncorked another vintage round of six-under par 66 to beat Des Smyth.’
    period, era, epoch, time, origin
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or denoting wine of high quality.

    ‘vintage claret’
    • ‘But the quality of the year is crucial in vintage wines.’
    • ‘It supplies everything from gourmet foods and vintage wines to the most luxurious toiletries, and even freshly-cut flowers.’
    • ‘Bottle shapes evolved so as to allow extended bottle ageing and thus were born vintage wines, and connoisseurship.’
    • ‘While you're at it, open a vintage claret to wash it all down and break out the chocolate-covered ants for afters.’
    • ‘An award-winning wine cellar boasts over 400 vintage wines, from which they can choose a bottle for dinner.’
    • ‘The fine-wine merchant is the place to go if you want to buy and cellar great vintage wines.’
    • ‘I will serve vintage wine and also a bowl of corn.’
    • ‘In place of a glass of vintage claret, the normal refreshment was green tea at around four.’
    • ‘We organised a present of a bottle of vintage wine for Walter and it was placed by his board.’
    • ‘If we wouldn't guzzle vintage wine, then shouldn't we accord the same respect to life itself?’
    • ‘The wines will include both special occasion vintage wines together with wines suitable for everyday use.’
    • ‘One group unpacked a sumptuous meal of steaming lasagna and other gourmet delights, along with the requisite bottle of vintage wine.’
    • ‘But the inherent richness of the question is somewhat like vintage wine, and is appreciated only by a few.’
    • ‘This is basically a vintage wine that has been aged in oak like a Tawny.’
    • ‘The characters - a horse, cat, sparrow, monkey, cat and dog - are fed vintage wine and exquisite food and are blissfully unaware of the outside world.’
    • ‘One wine writer of the old school refused to partner his great vintage clarets with smelly French cheeses, believing the pair to clash horribly.’
    • ‘The old vintage wines in the market may set back a restaurateur hundreds of dollars, but there's no risk.’
    • ‘Homeless people on the edge of starvation do on average need that next dollar more than the fashionable elites choosing between vintage wines.’
    • ‘Watching from the corner of her eye, she saw him swirl the alcohol in the glass as if it were a fine vintage wine, ready to be savored.’
    • ‘A bottle of vintage wine with a personalized label is a nice wedding favor for those couples with a large budget, or a simply made personalized candle is a nice gift.’
    high-quality, quality, prime, choice, select, superior, best
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  • 2Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind.

    ‘a vintage Sherlock Holmes adventure’
    • ‘She said her site would be able to carve out a niche by specialising in high-quality and vintage fashion, and by offering members the opportunity to exchange goods as well as buy and sell.’
    • ‘The vintage selection is beautiful, with 1950s print dresses costing £55, but the no-returns policy means it might be safer to stick to the main range.’
    • ‘The convoy will be accompanied by a guard of honour of 25 vintage motorcycles and will receive a Garda escort throughout its route.’
    • ‘Three vintage motorcycles added a further exciting dimension for motor lovers to what was a truly enjoyable weekend.’
    • ‘On display will be old tractors, implements, stationary engines, model steam engines, vintage motor cycles and cars, crafts and displays.’
    • ‘The vintage vehicles, representing one of the world's finest collections of military transport, were leaving the defunct museum, which closed down last year.’
    • ‘He has a Santa Claus-like beard and often wears vintage leather motorcycle gear.’
    • ‘A bout of jaundice took the edge off my stamina once and for all and I realised then that human bodies are not like vintage motor cars.’
    • ‘What we have here is a stunning musical idea with superior vintage Sondheim songs, all in search of a book.’
    • ‘One gentleman from Krishna district comes in a vintage 1958 Italian Fiat.’
    • ‘Interest in vintage transport has been growing steadily over the past number of years and it will form a major part of the show.’
    • ‘She also opened an office in Ireland after realising the country had no suitable insurance policies for vintage motorcycles.’
    • ‘You can also find a similar suede jacket at select vintage clothing stores.’
    • ‘Many seek out vintage food and wine posters, which ‘have become a huge business,’ she said.’
    • ‘Lynn Wyatt reached into her attic closet, rich with magnificent gowns, and selected a vintage haute couture Nina Ricci.’
    • ‘So, just before I stash all my bits of paper from 20 years ago back up in the attic, here are a vintage selection of doodles from my Berlin years, 1983 to 1984.’
    • ‘The museum's hangars house rare and vintage aircraft from Alaska's past.’
    • ‘Motorcycles, trucks, off-road vehicles, even vintage Volkswagen bugs are part of the lineup.’
    • ‘By age 13, he had a small but representative collection of vintage rifles, sights and other accessories.’
    • ‘Top-end couture will be represented by a collection of vintage Galliano knitwear, all of which featured in his first show as an independent designer.’
    high-quality, quality, prime, choice, select, superior, best
    classic, ageless, timeless, enduring
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Origin

Late Middle English: alteration (influenced by vintner) of earlier vendage, from Old French vendange, from Latin vindemia (from vinum ‘wine’ + demere ‘remove’).

Pronunciation

vintage

/ˈvɪntɪdʒ/