Did you ever wonder why people "in the know" get excited when they talk about old vines? No, this isn't a spelling error. Talking about old vines, not old wines! Old wines are certainly a very exciting topic to talk about, but I leave that for a different day, different blog. Today I want to tell you a bit more about vines, why age matters, the different clones, water, soil et cetera. The subject can certainly be a very lengthy one, but as you know me, I am not planning on that.
So, first things first. Age! Vine and age is actually pretty interesting, almost funny. And here is why. Vines were planted in California with the arrivals of European immigrants and wine was started to be enjoyed until the prohibition period. With restrictions and the difficulty to export, most vintners at that time switched to tougher grape varietals for better shipping.