Many connoisseurs of wine make it a point to purchase vintage wines only. It is worth noting that of all the wines available, the demand for vintage wines remains high. The vintage of a wine indicates the year in which the vineyard workers picked the grapes. However, vintage wine preparation depends on various factors, such as the weather conditions in the area.
Varying weather conditions will have an effect on the quality of grapes. This in turn, will affect the quality of wine extracted from these grapes. Hot weather will yield grapes of a specific quality. Similarly, humid and soggy conditions will yield grapes of a different quality. Vintage grapes have to be of a high quality. This is why wine producers typically wait for a good year to produce vintage wines. A good year is one that has a long and warm summer. This kind of weather often produces a good yield of grapes.
Poor weather could wreak havoc on wine production. This is especially so in a country like Australia. This is because the El Nino cycle has a considerable impact on the country, often resulting in the onset of unpredictable weather conditions. Similarly, conditions of heavy rains and drought are not conducive for wine production either. Because vintage wines need to be superior quality, wine producers typically produce only four or five vintages in a decade.