VINTAGE

WINEMAKING

VINTAGE

The most important date on the winemaking calendar.

INTRO

What is Vintage?

Vintage is the process of growing and harvesting grapes to create a wine. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all grown and harvested in a single specified year.

VINTAGE 2017

Meet the people who made your 2017 glass of wine and see our vintage wrap-up reports.


VINTAGE 2018

Keep up-to-date with everything as it happens on Yealands Estate


VINEYARD TO YOUR GLASS

Spring

Budburst

The first sign of buds appear on the wine in Spring

Spring

Flowering

This is one of the more critical periods in determining crop load. Warm, dry conditions are ideal to ensure good grapes.

Summer

Fruit Set

The fertilised flower produces a seed and forms a green grape berry around the seed to protect it.

Summer

Veraison

The grape turns colour from green to purple or yellow as it ripens in the sunlight.

Autumn

Harvest

Once the grapes have attained the optimum balance of sugar, acid and flavour they are harvested.

Autumn

The Crush

The grapes are pressed and de-stemmed and the juice settled.

Autumn

Fermentation

Yeast eats the sugar inside the juice and converts it into alcohol. After fermentation we grade and blend our wines.

Winter

Ageing

Red wines are pressed off skins and put into barrels to soften the wine and give it more complexity.

Winter

Time to Enjoy!

The first wines of the new vintage are ready to be bottled in July. After that it’s time to enjoy!

The Latest from Yealands Estate

From bud-burst in Spring to all the action in the cellar, keep up-to-date with this year's vintage