In Australia there is no definition in wine law to prescribe what constitutes an 'old vine', leaving it open to individual interpretation, or to possible indiscriminate or misleading use. The Rutherglen (Yalumba) Old Vine Charter is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and promotion of these old vines. It is important to establish that whilst vine age may often be used as an indicator of potential quality it is not a prerequisite, just as variety, region or maker does not, by themselves, create a superior wine.
Old Vine- is deﬁned as a vine equal or greater than 35 years of age.
Antique Vine (or Very Old Vine)- is deﬁned as a vine equal or greater than 70 years of age.
Centenarian Vine (or Exceptionally Old Vine)- is deﬁned as a vine equal or greater than 100 years of age.
Tri-Centenary Vine (or Very, Bloody Exceptionally Old Vine)- is deﬁned as a vine whose life has spanned 3 centuries.