vine·​yard | \ ˈvin-yərd How to pronounce vineyard (audio) \

Definition of vineyard

1 : a planting of grapevines
2 : a sphere of activity : field of endeavor toilers in the vineyard of diplomacy— Daniel Schorr

Examples of vineyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014 the polar vortex—a huge area of cold air around the North Pole that drifted south—wiped out entire vineyards in Ontario and New York state. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing winemakers to move further from the equator," 22 Nov. 2019 The deal, which includes no physical winery or vineyard, is a big bolster for Gallo’s premium holdings. Esther Mobley,, "Why human beings love wine, according to Warren Winiarski: “completeness”," 21 Nov. 2019 Today, those tracks take visitors through miles of rolling vineyards aboard the double-decker Franschhoek Wine Tram. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "Looking to escape the cold? Head to South Africa," 19 Nov. 2019 A few years later, Doerschlag, who owns two vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, was driving from town to town with his wife, Julie, looking for a location for their winery. Tamara Belgard | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "How Carlton’s grain elevator became part of Oregon’s wine scene," 18 Nov. 2019 The experience ends with a picnic lunch and wine tasting in the garden, when vineyard falconers will bring in other raptors for the guests to meet. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Six Spots Around the World Where You Can Try Your Hand at Falconry," 15 Nov. 2019 With the family's heritage in winemaking reaching back for decades, their craft is especially evident in this vineyard's exclusive vintage produced on Pritchard Hill. Nicole Fritton, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Pritchard Hill is Napa Valley’s Most Exclusive Zip Code," 15 Nov. 2019 Nearly a dozen other vineyards were established nearby in recent years. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Scandinavian Wine? A Warming Climate Tempts Entrepreneurs," 9 Nov. 2019 In Europe, where vineyards have been cultivated for centuries, vintners have developed keen knowledge about grapes and about the techniques that yield the most delectable wine in each region. Lina Zeldovich, Quartz, "Does climate change mean the end of wine?," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vineyard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vineyard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of vineyard

: a field where grapes are grown


vine·​yard | \ ˈvin-yərd How to pronounce vineyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of vineyard

: a field of grapevines

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