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Growing seasons vary enormously from year to year in virtually all wine regions. Here’s your guide to the general character of all the most relevant vintages of the most significant wine styles.


Red bordeaux
Dry white bordeaux
Sweet white bordeaux
Red burgundy
White burgundy
Loire Valley
Northern Rhône red
Southern Rhône
Alsace white
Languedoc-Roussillon
Champagne
Germany
Piemonte
Tuscany
Rioja and Ribera del Duero
Port/Douro
South Australia
Northern California
Argentina
New Zealand
South Africa
Chile


2013 pales in comparison to the stellar 2012, with a cool spring leading to uneven ripening and one of the latest harvests in 20 years. Summer hail caused widespread damage in the summer months but overall the champenois fared better than many of their compatriots. Likely a vintage year. 2012. More...
2013 enjoyed a wet winter and warm summer. Humidity threatened rot during the harvest, but producers with the strongest nerve successfully waited for dryer conditions. Reds are particularly promising. 2012 produced below average yields, but good quality fruit thanks to a dry, easy harvest. More...
2013 brought cool weather that was better for later ripening varieties - so Carmenère is especially promising. Early ripeners such as Sauvignon Blanc were less good, with unripe characteristics. 2012 experienced a cool vintage, thanks to La Niña. Grapes were universally healthy at harvest,. More...
2013 was slightly riper than 2012 in Marlborough, and 'nigh-on perfect' in much of the north island, especially Hawke's Bay, with a long, warm summer and no adverse weather - although early frosts did bring down yields for many. 2012 brought one of the coolest years on record, and an overall. More...
2013  was healthy, dry and abundant with a cool spell late in the season prolonging the ripening period for red varieties. Very promising quality across all regions. 2012 was similar to 2011, but with lower yields leading to higher colour, fruit intensity and notable tannin that will. More...
2013  An annus horribilis for the producers of Vouvray and Montlouis whose crops were almost entirely wiped out by a June hailstorm. Elsewhere a sound vintage with good acidity, though the cool spring and mild conditions in August and September meant many reds struggled to achieve full. More...
2013 was the hottest summer ever for South eastern Australia and yields were well down but the vine proved itself relatively resistant to the record temperatures with many varieties ripening in an unusually short period. 2012 produced lower-than-average yields in Australia, as it did. More...
2013 was a very fine vintage on the West Coast with optimal weather conditions throughout the growing season. The second high-quality bumper crop in a row. 2012 in California was a banner year, providing a useful exception to the short crops experienced so widely elsewhere. Ideal growing. More...
2013  A chill spring and fine, mild summer gave way to wet weather in September and October which proved many producers’ undoing. Astute vineyard management was essential to coax grapes to ripeness and avoid rot. Low yields and fair quality across the board. 2012 saw a cool, wet. More...
2013  Unusually cool conditions in April and May and a tinder dry summer slowed grape development resulting in a low-yielding, tardy harvest of generally high quality.  2012 in the Douro saw drought and hail conspire to reduce yields significantly, by as much as 40% in places. The. More...
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