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Important Factors You Didn't Know That Makes Wine Very Expensive (Photos).

For many years people have asked themselves alot of questions concerning the factors behind the high market prices of wine. You may be under the impression that some wines are simply older than others or made with a higher quality ingredients, but the truth is that there are three major factors that contribute to how expensive a bottle of wine might be: oak, terroir and time. These factors are discussed as follows.

Oak.

The most desired wines are fermented in oak barrel. The reason why winemakers put their wine in oak barrels is that it lends oaky notes to the wine while exposing it to oxygen at the same time. When wine is exposed to oxygen, the tannins lose some of its intensity and the overall taste of the wine is made that much smoother.

If wine aged in oak barrels tastes appealing to you, you can expect to pay more for that bottle. One of the reasons that oak barrels are so expensive is that only two of them can be created from an 80-year-old oak tree. Oaks used for making barrels comes from two countries: United States of America and France. French oak barrels are more desired than American oak barrels because they cost almost double.

Time

It’s quite true that an older wine is usually more expensive than a younger wine, but you should be aware that this adage only applies to red wines. What happens when time passes and a wine starts to age is that time alters the overall flavor of the fruit in the wine. Time also lowers the wine’s tannin and acidity. A wine that has been languishing in the barrel for a while will have flavors that sway more towards delicate stewed and dried fruits. When it comes to well-aged wines, you can expect to spend a dollar for every year that it was aged.

Terroir

Besides the duration of time and the best wine oak barrel, a truly delicious wine is made right in the vineyard. One of the reasons that wineries try to make sure that there are as few grapes as possible on the vine is so that those grapes will be more flavorful, which means that the wines will be more intense.

Another thing that can influence the price of wine is what is grown in the vineyard. For instance, 2020 was the year that an average Merlot per ton was roughly $1,300 while the cost of Cabernet Sauvignon was almost $4,000. As far as the price of the bottle, the Merlot increased almost two dollars while the Cabernet was almost six dollars per bottle.

Therefore, the next time you are looking for a high quality bottle of wine, don’t instantly grab the most expensive or the oldest bottle. Take a look at the label to see where it was grown, how it was grown and if the winemaker is one that is known for creating quality wines.

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