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The vine
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The productive life of the vine lasts a good number of years, sometimes up to a hundred. In the first three years of life, considered as its young age, the vine is practically unproductive and it will be after this period of time the plant will enter an increasing productive phase. After the fourth or fifth year of age, the vine will begin to bear fruits suitable for the production of wine, however it will be in the age from twelve and twenty five years that the highest quantitative production will be recorded. After twenty five years, the vine will progressively begin to diminish its productivity and harvests will therefore be lesser and lesser.

Whether it is true that after this period vine begins to bear a lesser quantity of grape, it is also true that quality is considerably increased. The use of old vines forces a reduced production of grape, with the result of a higher quality in wines.