"Great wines are made in the vineyard (and not the cellar)” is a wine proverb of unknown origin. “The Australian wine drinker is coming to realise that great wines are made in the vineyard” was cited in print in 1982. “Great wines are made in the vineyard” was cited by wine columnist Anthony Dias Blue in 1985.
4 July 1982, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, “Wine” by David Dunstan, pg. 98 ol. 4:
The Australian wine drinker is coming to realise that great wines are made in the vineyard and the search is on for wines that reflect fruit quality.
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12 June 1985, St. Petersburg (FL) Evening Independent, “The key to good wine is the grapes” by Anthony Dias Blue, pg. 3-B, col. 1:
He has been a strong proponent of the assertion that “great wines are made in the vineyard.”
The new wisdom— which is the old wisdom in Europe — is that wines are made in the vineyard (the winemaker really can only fiddle with, refine, or betray the raw material).
The Way to Make Wine:
How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home
By Sheridan Warrick
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
WINEMAKERS LIKE TO SPOUT SELF-DEPRACATING HOMILIES: “THe grape makes the wine.” “Great wines are made in the vineyard.” “Winemaking is a custodial endeavor.” They’re all true, mostly—the grape’s the thing, as the playwright might have said.
The Business of Wine:
By Geralyn Brostrom and Jack Brostrom
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press
Conceptually, at least, great wines are made in the vineyard.
Wines & Vines
Godawful Wines Made in the Vineyard
by Tim Patterson
Great wines, we are told over and over, are made in the vineyard, and there’s a lot of truth to that mantra. But some really crappy, problematic wines are made in the vineyard, too--a phenomenon that doesn’t get quite as much press or marketing spin.
The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
A Dundee Hills name to know this Oregon Wine Month: Wine Notes
By Katherine Cole | For The Oregonian/OregonLive
on May 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM, updated May 05, 2015 at 10:01 AM
But as the old adage goes, the best wines are made in the vineyard, not the cellar.