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Old Vines

As a rule, at least 25-year-olds apply vines as "old". Age is often used by producers for promotional purposes to indicate a particular quality. This is indicated by designations such as "Old vines" or French "Vieilles vignes" on label noted. Many French Appellation regulations stipulate that no vines under the age of three may be used. Many major wineries in France use only self-imposed (non-wine) minimum age vineyards for their first wines. However, there is no universally valid minimum age and the term is therefore used differently and has no legal meaning. Sometimes it will be ungrafted (unrefined) vines understood.

Age and yield

After creating new Rebstock, the Virgin Reading or the pressing of the maiden wine only after at least three to five years. The age of a vine has an impact on the quality of the wine, and you often hear the slogan "the older, the better". Normally, the vigor and the begin earnings With about 20 years continuously subside and becomes uneconomic starting from approximately 50 years. In general, vineyards live in Central Europe barely more than 25 to 30 years, then they are mostly replaced due to lower yields. Slowly, however, a certain trend reversal can be observed. More and more wineries are cultivating vines with a respectable age of 50, 60, 70 and in some cases even more than 100 years on smaller areas.

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