Conegliano Valdobbiadene Vintage Chart

Explore the vintage chart for Prosecco Superiore from 2016 to 2021.


How Wine Folly Rates a Vintage

We gather the facts about a vintage and how those features affect the wines. This way, you can better find the vintages that fit your needs (whether you're a collector or looking to drink now).

Quality

Generally speaking, the more consistent the vintage, the better the quality.

The crop consistency determines the quality of a vintage. In some years, we see average to high consistency; consistency equates to quality.

On other vintages, quality is much more variable. In these variable years, it's best to look for producers who consistently produce high-quality wines because they can roll with difficulties growing grapes.

Weather

Ideally, producers want consistent temperatures year in and out for consistent quality. Of course, this is not very likely to happen as weather changes frequently. Rain during harvest, hail, and frost are key events that can create a difficult vintage.

Seasonal events include frost, hail, drought, and even wildfires. These events affect the quality or size of a vintage.

In warmer climates getting enough rainfall during the growing season is key for healthy grapes and ripening.

In cooler or more moderate climates, getting enough but not too much rain and getting the right amount of sunshine and heat are important for producing ripe grapes.

Volume

Contrary to popular belief, low volumes do not always equal high quality. Producers can have very high-quality years where volumes are also high.

The opposite is also true, where we might have low yields, but the quality may be low - due to disease in the vineyard or poor weather conditions.

So why do we care about volume? If there's more, it can lower prices, and the prices might be higher if there is less.

Temperatures, particularly in the summer and autumn, can have a big massive impact on Prosecco Superiore's flavors and structure.

Rainfall is also a common problem in the summer and, when combined with heat, can cause fungal disease problems in the vineyard and it impacts the vintage quality.

It's important to note, most Prosecco should be drunk in the first 2-3 years. Still, some producers make fine aged examples.

Recent Vintages To Explore
2021
A very high quality vintage with a late harvest and cool weather. The rain mostly fell outside of the harvest, so grapes were very healthy.
2020
Overall a mild vintage that started warm but cooled off during the summer. This led to ripe fruit but with retained acidity and freshness.
2019
A cool spring but a warm summer with rain throughout gave enough hydration to the vines to create fresh yet ripe examples this year.
2018
This was a warm and dry year, leading to ripe fruit flavors and fuller bodied wines. Because of the dry conditions, grapes were in perfect condition, so the quality is consistent.
2017
Cooler temperatures mean you’ll find more floral characters and higher levels of acidity in these wines.
2016
The cool weather and rain led to fresh and elegant styles with intense aromatics because of very cool nights. The rain mostly fell in the spring, which led to a high quality crop later on.
Vintage Chart Legend
Highly Consistent
Average Consistency
Variable Consistency
Large Production
Medium Production
Small Production
Hot Temp/Low Rain
Average Weather
Cool Temp/High Rain