The idea of vintage in the broader scope generally relates to time of origin. This term obviously stems the jargon of wine production (see Webster 1913 below).

However, this term is being used more and more to reference a period or era, similar to the phrase 'classic', such as vintage clothing, or vintage software.

The demarcations of era are a bit nebulous, for example:

Vint"age (?; 48), n. [Corrupted by influence of vintner, vintry, from OE. vindage, vendage, for vendange, OF. vendenge, F. vendange, from L. vindemia; vinum wine, grapes + demere to take off; de + emere, originally, to take. See Wine, Redeem, and cf. Vindemial.]


The produce of the vine for one season, in grapes or in wine; as, the vintage is abundant; the vintage of 1840.


The act or time of gathering the crop of grapes, or making the wine for a season.

Vintage spring, a wine fount. -- Vintage time, the time of gathering grapes and making wine.



© Webster 1913.

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