What Does Vintage Wine Mean?

Have you ever wondered what somebody’s saying when they utter the phrase ‘it’s a good vintage?’ If so, stay right here as the Ideal Wine Company asks; what does vintage wine mean?

A question the Ideal Wine Company always gets asked

The Ideal Wine Company is a firm which strives to supply you with stellar fine wines from wine making regions throughout the world at prices you’re destined to like. We’re experts when it comes to the luxury wine industry.

As experts there are several questions every new comer to the world of fine wine asks us when we first meet them. One of them is nearly always ‘what does vintage mean?’ It’s a fair question, the word has been bandied around the wine making world so much at this point that it’s practically part of the vernacular. We use it quite a bit ourselves.

The definition of vintage and non-vintage wine

As such people seem to think that it refers exclusively to a fine wine. A wine of quality. This isn’t the case. The word vintage simply refers to the year the grapes used for a particular bottle of wine were harvested. For example the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989 that you can get from the Ideal Wine Company is a 1989 vintage because it’s comprised of grapes that were harvested in the year 1989.

In contrast a non-vintage wine is exactly that. More specifically, it’s a wine that’s comprised of a blend of various vintage wines. Interestingly some wines in Europe are forced to label their bottles as ‘non-vintage’ because the grapes they use aren’t authorised for the region or country in question. Think Champagne and the rules around its production and you’ll understand what we mean.

A lot of champagnes aren’t vintages

Speaking of champagne, you’ll be interested to note that a lot of champagnes aren’t vintages. They’re in fact a blend of vintages, like non-vintage wine.

This allows champagne houses to uphold a consistent style from year-to-year, no matter what the weather does to their crop. Yet there are some champagnes, higher classes of champagnes, which continue to operate as vintages. The Dom Perignon Brut 1993 and the Louis Roederer Cristal, both available from the Ideal Wine Company, are examples of vintage champagne.

Some of the best wines are vintage

Therefore there’s no great secret behind the word ‘vintage.’ It just refers to the year that the grapes that compose bottle of wine were produced in. Yet our experience has shown us that some of the best wines, those destined to set your taste buds alight, are vintage wines.





How to Get Rid of Red Wine Stains

In order to make sure you can enjoy your luxury vintage without regretting it the next day, this week the Ideal Wine Company lets you know how to get rid of red wine stains.

A Stain that’s Notoriously Hard to Remove

As providers of luxury bottles for reasonable prices, the Ideal Wine Company has seen how one bottle of fine wine can turn a dinner party into a roaring success.

Yet wine – especially red – isn’t without its pitfalls. If you spill a glass of red your good time suddenly evaporates, as you’re left to worry about a stain that is notoriously hard to remove. If it sets into your carpet/clothes – god forbid – wisdom dictates that you’ll have to replace them.

Implement the Following Steps

Wisdom is wrong. It entirely possible to remove a red wine stain and leave the material you spilled it on looking brand new, as long as you implement the following steps…

  • Blot: Before you do anything, get rid of the excess wine by using a piece of kitchen roll to gently – and we do mean gently – blot it away.
  • Salt: Then you need to catch the stain before it dries and pour a light layer of salt on it. This’ll make it easier to remove. Alternatively, you can try pouring white wine on it to neutralise the stain.


  • Spray: Now you need to break out your stain removal product of choice – if you don’t have one, go out and buy one the minute you finish reading this article – and spray. Follow the instructions on the bottle to make sure you make full use of your product’s capabilities.


  • Wash: Once you’ve sprayed the mark with your stain removal product, it should disappear, but you should wash it just to make sure. If you’re working with a carpet, use lukewarm water and a sponge. If you’re working with clothes, put them on a cool wash.

Crack Open a Bottle of Your Favourite Vintage

In most cases, this guide should ensure that you are able to remove a red wine stain. Now you can crack open a bottle of your favourite vintage, safe in the knowledge that it won’t come back to haunt you tomorrow morning!