New World vs Old World

This week in Wine Daily, we explore the New Vs the Old World of Wine!

You know we sell a lot of Italian Wine and Italian Wine is classified as Old World. What does that mean?

Characteristically, wines from the Old World tend to be lighter-bodied, more restrained, and lower in alcohol, though this is very much a generalization and not always true. The main trait all Old World wine countries have in common is that their wine making is heavily restricted, with guidelines all wineries must follow.
Each country and region of that country in the Old World has been making wine a certain way for centuries, and current winemakers are held to those old standards.

Countries include: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Hungary and Switzerland.

New World wines come from countries that are/used to be colonies and are in hotter climates, which, generally speaking, causes wines from the New World to be fuller bodied and have bolder fruit flavors. They also tend to be higher in alcohol.

The New World generally places less emphasis on making wine the same way it has been made for centuries, and more emphasis on making wine that takes advantage of modern advances.

New World countries include: the U.S., New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Australia and South Africa.

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  • definitely old world

    Tanya Vicario on

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