Old World and New World wines are terms used to describe a wine's origin. Old World wines are produced in the traditional wine-growing regions of Europe, such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, and England. New World wines are wines that are produced outside of Europe, in regions such as Australia, South Africa, the United States, New Zealand, and China
These traits are common, although they are not always the case. You can find wines from the Old World are typically less heavy, lower in alcohol, higher in acidity, and less fruity in flavor, favoring a more mineral quality instead. The wines of the New World are typically more robust in texture, higher in alcohol content, lower in acidity, and more intense in fruit flavors.
Old World wines tend to be made using traditional methods and techniques, often made from grape varieties native to the region. They are often made using minimal intervention, allowing the terroir (the natural environment in which the grapes are grown) to shine through in the wine. Old World wines are known for their subtlety and complexity and often have a sense of place and history.
On the other hand, New World wines are often made using modern techniques and technology. They are often made from grape varieties introduced to the region from Europe, and they are known for their bold, fruit-forward flavors. New World wines are often made approachable and easy to drink and are often made in a more consistent style from year to year.
While Old World and New World wines can be very different in style and character, both can produce high-quality wines worth exploring and enjoying.
Article Written by: Austin Texas Wine Society