Definition of vintage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪntɪdʒ/


1The year or place in which wine, especially wine of high quality, was produced: 1982 is one of the best vintages of the century
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  • However, in less than good vintages, Sauvignon Blanc from this area can be mean and lean.
  • In many vintages hardly any Beerenauslese wine is produced anywhere in Germany.
  • 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.
1.1A wine of high quality made from the crop of a single identified district in a good year.
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  • But the brutish Hemingway will give him no quarter, downing the excellent vintage in a single gulp.
  • 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.
  • Future studies will focus on mixtures, different vintages of the same wine, and regional variations in varietal wines.
1.2 [mass noun] literary Wine.
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  • No, he hooked up his kid with wine, and I bet it was a pretty decent vintage too.
  • 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.
  • Remember how poor our wine was, unlike this glorious vintage.
1.3The harvesting of grapes for winemaking: the work songs of the scything and the vintage
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  • Our climate isn't insuperable, but it makes winemaking difficult in most vintages.
  • 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.
  • In lesser vintages the grapes do not ripen as well as elsewhere but in warmer years the wines can be excellent value.
1.4The 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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
grape harvest, grape gathering, grape crop, harvest, crop, yield, year's growth
2The time that something of quality was produced: rifles of various sizes and vintages
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  • 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.
  • People of my vintage will instantly recognise this as most certainly not produced by any common typewriter in use in 1973.
  • We haven't seen Schumacher at his vintage best this year, but he hasn't performed badly either.
period, era, epoch, time, origin;


1Relating to or denoting wine of high quality: vintage claret
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  • The fine-wine merchant is the place to go if you want to buy and cellar great vintage wines.
  • Bottle shapes evolved so as to allow extended bottle ageing and thus were born vintage wines, and connoisseurship.
  • This is basically a vintage wine that has been aged in oak like a Tawny.
2Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind: a vintage Sherlock Holmes adventure
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  • The vintage vehicles, representing one of the world's finest collections of military transport, were leaving the defunct museum, which closed down last year.
  • 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.
classic, ageless, timeless, enduring;


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

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