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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
Rioja and Ribera del Duero
South Australia
Northern California
New Zealand
South Africa

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...
2012  Despite a challenging growing season, 2012 was the year that Muscadet really shone, producing some of the best examples ever. Yields were around half the average, however. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé fared better for whites and reds, with good, uniform ripeness, no rot, and yield in. 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...
2012 in California was a banner year, providing a useful exception to the short crops experienced so widely elsewhere. Ideal growing conditions seem likely to have produced the best vintage for decades. Virtually all varieties seem to have thrived. Quality with quantity at last.  2011. More...
2012 saw a cool, wet summer in Germany, saved by late warmth in September and October. Yields were overall in line with long term averages, although the Mosel lost up to 25% of its crop. Quality is widely agreed to be very good indeed, and possibly the best vintage in recent memory for. More...
2012 in the Douro saw drought and hail conspire to reduce yields significantly, by as much as 40% in places. The resultant small berries have made wines of high colour and notable acidity. 2011 The rain of 2010 was crucial in this much dryer year, to sustain the vines through a. More...
2012 saw a weird year of weather in Spain. It was the fifth consecutive small vintage, thanks in large part to very dry conditions. The resultant small berries harvested in Rioja are likely to make wines of great concentration and high tannin. The Ribera del Duero crop was also shrunk by. More...
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