At what age is a vine at its best? When visiting wineries in New World countries you are sometimes surprised. The wine producers there talk about replanting a vineyard after only 20 years. It is considered old. While in France and elsewhere in Europe wine growers speak proudly of their 80-year-old plants and would not consider anything less than 40 years as old.
Wine-searcher.com speculates why California’s grapevines are short-lived. Could it be due to irrigation, diseases or that the producers have chosen root-stocks that are not suitable for the climate?
But there are old vines in the New World. California has some vineyards with 100 year old zinfandel and in South Africa you can find both chenin blanc and sémillon with very respectable ages. Are old vines always better? Ask a grower in France and another one in California and maybe you will get different answers.
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