Adjective "vintage" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


The year or place in which wine, especially wine of high quality, was produced.
  1. 'The term vertical refers to a number of successive vintages of the same wine.'
  2. 'Only pedigree wines of fine vintage improve with age.'
  3. 'Except for the crus, most Beaujolais should be drunk within two to three years of the vintage to retain the wine's fruitiness and brightness.'
  4. 'An open bottle of vintage dated Madeira can last for months, years, maybe even decades.'
  5. 'The owners of famous vineyards could sell their wines in the lesser vintages because of their fame, but you were stuck with wine you couldn't sell easily.'
  6. 'The following is my Bordeaux appellation by appellation report of the red wines of the vintage.'
  7. '‘Merlot, vintage 1765,’ she read softly, and almost dropped the bottle in shock.'
  8. 'The truth is that unless you are a wine trade insider buying the right wine from the right vintage at the right time for the right price, you will never make money on a grand scale out of wine.'
  9. 'This would be the vintage of the wine, the year in which the grapes were harvested for the wine.'
  10. 'Unlike some of the best Bordeaux vintages, the wines are often bothered by a hint of earthy greenness, but in 2000 the grapes got ripe, retained acidity and exhibited supple tannins.'
  11. 'I'm not sure how the company manages to source a Grand Cru vintage champagne from the Côte des Blanc for under £20, but let's be grateful that it does.'
  12. 'To boot, you do not have to eat to buy a bottle of the rare vintage of Noyce vino.'
  13. 'Kiwis have gone from drinking cask wine and sherry to learning to appreciate quality vintages, and that's a development he'll drink to any day.'
  14. 'There's Cuvée Dom Perignon vintage champagne and lashings of caviar.'
  15. 'Buying any new, unproven French vintage en primeur, when the wine is still maturing in cask, is a dodgy business.'
  16. 'Just to give you some idea of the expense he didn't spare, he cleared out all his belongings when he left, but overlooked a couple of bottles of wine. One was Dom Perignon 1996, one of the best recent champagne vintages.'
  17. 'Yet, once you're there, ordering a top vintage with your mates, there's no denying you're a fully-fledged adult.'
  18. 'Wine lovers in the U.S. are increasingly describing their favorite vintage as molto buono, instead of très bon.'
  19. 'No, he hooked up his kid with wine, and I bet it was a pretty decent vintage too.'
  20. 'the work songs of the scything and the vintage'
  21. 'Our climate isn't insuperable, but it makes winemaking difficult in most vintages.'
  22. 'A garage wine in the true sense, the 1.4 hectare vineyard yields a miserly 4,000 bottles in a good vintage.'
  23. 'His mission was to make sure the prime suspect was released in time to bring that year's vintage to harvest.'
  24. 'It is a blend of usually the three best recent vintages, from the best vineyards and the best grapes.'
  25. 'Wines in America currently require only 95% of the grapes to come from a given vintage.'
  26. 'In lesser vintages the grapes do not ripen as well as elsewhere but in warmer years the wines can be excellent value.'
  27. 'Usually no more than 15 per cent of these blends may hail from a different vintage, or region, or grape.'
  28. '‘The weather's almost always good for the grapes,’ he says, ‘and vintages don't vary much at all.’'
  29. 'He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;'
  30. 'he never lost a vintage through frost'
  31. 'Blending two consecutive vintages is another common, modern wine-producing practice for cheaper wines, to ensure that the switch from one to the other is not too sudden.'
  32. 'Non-vintage blends change slightly from season to season as older vintages are replaced, which explains why this ripe, soft, velvety, blackcurranty Cabernet is gentler and creamier than previous batches.'
  33. 'Until I tasted the 2000 vintage of this Languedoc Chardonnay, I was not very keen on the confected style of this heavily promoted southern white.'
The time that something of quality was produced.
  1. 'It betrays the vintage of Bartok's quartets no 3 and 4 showing much the same use of one permutating motive governing the total thematic discourse.'
  2. 'Those of you who are of my vintage will remember the wall map from your school days - the good old Mercator's Projection.'
  3. 'If the freak occurrences in pre-season testing are anything to go by, 2000 is threatening to be a vintage (ie: the most competitive) year.'
  4. 'People of my vintage will instantly recognise this as most certainly not produced by any common typewriter in use in 1973.'
  5. 'If there is a better novel published this year it's going to be a hell of a vintage.'


Relating to or denoting wine of high quality.
  1. 'A bottle of vintage wine with a personalized label is a nice wedding favor for those couples with a large budget, or a simply made personalized candle is a nice gift.'
  2. 'The wines will include both special occasion vintage wines together with wines suitable for everyday use.'
  3. 'In place of a glass of vintage claret, the normal refreshment was green tea at around four.'
  4. 'Homeless people on the edge of starvation do on average need that next dollar more than the fashionable elites choosing between vintage wines.'
  5. 'The old vintage wines in the market may set back a restaurateur hundreds of dollars, but there's no risk.'
  6. 'While you're at it, open a vintage claret to wash it all down and break out the chocolate-covered ants for afters.'
  7. 'I will serve vintage wine and also a bowl of corn.'
  8. 'The characters - a horse, cat, sparrow, monkey, cat and dog - are fed vintage wine and exquisite food and are blissfully unaware of the outside world.'
  9. 'One group unpacked a sumptuous meal of steaming lasagna and other gourmet delights, along with the requisite bottle of vintage wine.'
  10. 'But the quality of the year is crucial in vintage wines.'
Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind.
  1. 'Lynn Wyatt reached into her attic closet, rich with magnificent gowns, and selected a vintage haute couture Nina Ricci.'
  2. 'She also opened an office in Ireland after realising the country had no suitable insurance policies for vintage motorcycles.'
  3. 'You can also find a similar suede jacket at select vintage clothing stores.'
  4. 'On display will be old tractors, implements, stationary engines, model steam engines, vintage motor cycles and cars, crafts and displays.'
  5. 'By age 13, he had a small but representative collection of vintage rifles, sights and other accessories.'
  6. 'The convoy will be accompanied by a guard of honour of 25 vintage motorcycles and will receive a Garda escort throughout its route.'
  7. 'The vintage vehicles, representing one of the world's finest collections of military transport, were leaving the defunct museum, which closed down last year.'
  8. 'A bout of jaundice took the edge off my stamina once and for all and I realised then that human bodies are not like vintage motor cars.'
  9. 'What we have here is a stunning musical idea with superior vintage Sondheim songs, all in search of a book.'
  10. 'He has a Santa Claus-like beard and often wears vintage leather motorcycle gear.'


1. the wine from a particular harvest or crop.

2. the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained.

3. an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.

4. the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.

5. the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.

6. the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage. adjective

7. of or relating to wines or winemaking.

8. being of a specified v

More examples(as adjective)

"cars can be vintage."

"vehicles can be vintage."

"finishes can be vintage."

"films can be vintage."

"aircraft can be vintage."

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Late Middle English: alteration (influenced by vintner) of earlier vendage, from Old French vendange, from Latin vindemia (from vinum ‘wine’ + demere ‘remove’).