Sometimes, we find at home bottles of wine from a long time ago that have not yet been opened and we are not entirely sure if they can still be consumed. Next, we explain the duration of bottled wine according to its characteristics.

Wines go through different phases of life when they have been bottled. His life curve is like that of an inverted bell. Depending on the type of wine, it will reach its maximum after a few months or years. From that moment on, its quality falls rapidly until it is annulled. That moment when we say that the wine is vinegary.

But the life curve depends a lot on the type of wine. There are wines that can reach their maximum level after 40, 50 or even 100 years. Next, we explain the duration of bottled wine according to its type.

Duration of bottled wine according to its characteristics

Depending on the specific characteristics of each wine, the duration of the wine bottles will be different, but we can guide ourselves by following the most basic ones. We order them from shortest to longest:

  • Rosé Wines. Although some typologies can last up to two years in bottle, its consumption is recommended during the year after being in the bottle.
  • Sparkling Wines. With the passage of time they lose carbon dioxide. Therefore, it is recommended to consume them in the year, with a maximum period of two years in good conditions.
  • White wines. They last a little longer than the pink ones. In these we must make two variations.

    • Young whites. They should be drunk between a year and two after bottling.
    • White wines aged in barrels. Its optimal consumption time is between three and five years.
  • Red Wines. In the same way that happens with the whites, I pass with these. There are variations depending on whether it is:
    • Young red. Consumption is recommended before two years
    • Crianza red. Optimal consumption can be extended between two and five years.
    • Reserve red. They can be enjoyed even after six years. In principle, depending on the type of wine, it can reach up to 10 years.
    • Great reserve red. Among the reds, it is the one that can last the longest in the bottle. They can be consumed even up to 15 years.
  • Generous wines. In this type of wine they vary a lot depending on the type. For example, wine such as Sherry and Amontillado are recommended for consumption in a year. On the other hand, for odorous it can be its consumption between 5 and 10 years. For the cream they can reach up to 15 years.

How to store wines

However, in order to maintain the conditions specified above, the wines must be stored optimally.

First of all, it is important that the wine arrives from the cellar without oxygen being introduced and without it passing through the stopper itself. In addition to the fact that the cork must be of good quality or of a suitable material for its conservation, it must be hermetically sealed.

Secondly, the wine must have the appropriate and constant temperature conditions during its conservation. Bottles should be kept in a horizontal or inverted position.

In this way we ensure that the car remains elastic and in contact with the wine. Thus the amounts of oxygen that can enter the bottle can be zero.

Now you know the keys to the different types of wine for its correct conservation. Without a doubt, you have any type of doubt when you buy a wine, ask in ourstoreand we will recommend how you should preserve it to maintain all its properties for as long as possible.


Vinalium 23 March, 2021
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