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Vendange tardive

See 'Late Harvest'.

Vinification

The process of turning raw grapes into wine.

Vintage

The year when the grapes were picked. Vintages may only be stated on a bottle when the grapes are from a single year. Harvest time in the southern hemisphere is roughly between February and April, whilst the northern hemisphere harvests between August and October. Therefore, a vintage from southern hemisphere is roughtly 6 months older than its northern hemsiphere partner. This can make a difference for wines such as Sauvignon Blanc which benefit from early drinking.

Viognier

Pronounced: Vee-on-yair

White grape that produces full-bodied floral white wines (flavours include apricots, blossom). It needs a warm/hot climate, with the most famous example being grown in Condrieu (Northern Rhône, France). Other excellent examples include California and Australia. It is best drunk young. It is often blended with Roussanne, Marsanne, Syrah/Shiraz.

Viticulture

The process of growing grapes.

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