How Long Does an Unopened Bottle of White Wine Last?


An unopened bottle of white wine can last over three years past its printed date. Factors that determine the shelf life of a wine include its vintage, its label, how it was prepared and how it is stored.

Certain fine wines can last for up to 100 years when stored in a wine cellar, but most wines are intended for consumption soon after purchase. Methods to enhance the shelf life of a wine include storing it in a cool, dark area and placing it on its side to keep the cork airtight. Wine shouldn't be refrigerated until one to two days before consumption.