Wine: Three steps to ageing heaven

Wine acquires its depth and character thanks to the triple ageing process: the ageing of the vine, ageing through fermentation, and ageing in the bottle

An important ageing element is the time wine has spent, if any, in a barrel

Ageing is so important in the wine-making process that it is seen three times. First there is the ageing of the vine itself; secondly there is ageing the wine immediately after it is created through fermentation, and thirdly there is ageing of the wine in its bottle.

This third ageing period is perhaps the most interesting phase for a wine lover, as it is the process we can participate in. If done well it can ...