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Contents

* Recent Vintages 2000-2015)
* Other Vintages (1996-1999)
*5 "Majors" 1993-2001
*5 "Majors" 1981-1992
*5 "Majors" 1968-1980
*Rioja only 1925-1969
*Harvest Page - Other Regions (through 2001)
*Ageing Tables

Top Spanish Wine Regions: 1993-2001

REGION       Year:   '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02
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Rioja                  G   *   *   E   G   E   G   G   E
Penedés                E   G   G   E   E   E   E   E   E
Ribera del Duero       f   E   *   *   G   E   *   E   *
Valdepeñas             G   G   E   E   G   E   G   E   E
Rueda                  G   G   G   E   E   E   E   E   G

Ratings: p=Poor, f=Fair, G=Good, E=Excellent, *=Outstanding 
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Top Spanish Wine Regions: 1981-1992

REGION       Year:  '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92
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Rioja                 E   *   G   G   G   G   E   G   G   G   E   G 
Penedés               G   E   G   G   *   f   G   E   E   E   E   G
Ribera del Duero      *   E   E   f   E   *   G   G   *   G   E   G 
Valdepeñas            *   E   E   *   F   E   E   E   *   E   E   G
Rueda                 E   G   G   G   G   G   E   G   G   G   G   G

Ratings: p=Poor, f=Fair, G=Good, E=Excellent, *=Outstanding 
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Top Spanish Wine Regions: 1968-1980

REGION       Year:  '68 '70 '71 '72 '73 '74 '75 '76 '77 '78 '79 '80 
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Rioja                 E   *   p   p   G   G   E   G   f   E   f   G
Penedés               f   E   G   *   E   G   E   *   G   *   f   G
Ribera del Duero      E   *   p   f   E   G   G   E   p   f   G   G
Valdepeñas            E   *   p   f   E   f   G   p   f   G   p   E
Rueda                 -   G   f   p   G   G   G   f   f   E   E   f

Ratings: p=Poor, f=Fair, G=Good, E=Excellent, *=Outstanding 
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Rioja Ratings: 1925-1969

Year:   '55 '56 '57 '58 '59 '60 '61 '62 '63 '64 '65 '66 '67 '68 '69
          *   G   f   *   E   G   G   E   f   *   p   f   f   E   f

Year:   '40 '41 '42 '43 '44 '45 '46 '47 '48 '49 '50 '51 '52 '53 '54 
          f   G   E   G   G   p   f   E   *   E   f   f   *   p   G

Year:   '25 '26 '27 '28 '29 '30 '31 '32 '33 '34 '35 '36 '37 '38 '39  
          E   p   p   E   f   p   E   f   f   *   E   f   f   p   f
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Note: These are generally accepted ratings of the quality of the harvest for each of the 5 major regions. The "*" represent the recognized "banner" years. Those left blank indicate years before the region was officially given its D.O. status. For more annual ratings for the rest of the D.O. regions, check the Harvest section. 

Ageing Table for Spanish Wines

Type        Region/Type              Starts Downhill After
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Red         Ribera de Duero            15-20 years
            Rioja                      15-20 years
            Bierzo, Valdeorras         10-12 years
            La Mancha, Navarra          5-10 years
            Valdepenas, Penedes         5-7  years
            Carinena, Borja             5-7  years
            Tarragona, Emporda          5-7  years
            Utiel-Requena               5-7  years
            Priorato                      5  years
            Jumilla, Alicante             5  years
            Cabernet-Sauvignon         10-25 years
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White       Oak aged                   10-15 years
            Alella type                 5-10 years
            Fruity                      2-3  years
            Chardonnay                    5  years
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Roses       all regions                   2  years
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Sherries    Fino                          1  year
            Amontillados               30-40 years
            Olorosos                      "
            other sweet wines             "
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Notes:
1. These are general guidelines, as actual "life expectancy" depends on many factors: grape variety, the harvest, ageing methods, and storage conditions like temperature and humidity.
2. Special Thanks to José Peñín, noted Spanish wine expert and author of many books and articles on wine, whose "Guia Peñín de los Vinos Españoles" provided the information for this chart.
(Reprinted with permission)