We travelled at the time of the vintage

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We travelled at the time of the vintage

In this context "vintage" means the harvesting of the grapes used in making the classic white wines of Germany frequently designated as "Rhine wines." Mary Godwin, Claire Clairmont, and Percy Bysshe Shelley descended the Rhine at this same time of year in 1814, and this description is colored by the experiences Mary recorded in A History of a Six Weeks' Tour.