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Old World and New World wines

Question from Gloria: What’s the difference between old world wine and new world wine?

 In a nut shell – Old World wine is from Europe and New World wine is from everywhere else.

In a calm shell – Well that’s a bit of a lie (sorry) but it’s not that simple.

If we’re talking about Old World wines we’re talking about wines that have been made in Europe or anywhere with a long history of wine making (which is mostly Europe).

Old World and New World wines indicate a difference in wine-making techniques. Old World methods date back hundreds or thousands of years and have been designed based on the unique climates and land of that region.

Old World wine will often have more tannins (that dry, astringent taste you get after downing a glass of Shiraz) and more complex flavours. They will be aged for longer than New World wines and will be aged in oak barrels or on lees (dead yeast left after fermentation) which creates buttery biscuit flavours.

Old World wine regions include France, Italy, England, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Austria, Romania, to name a few.

New World wines come from countries colonised by Western Europe and use wine-making techniques adapted from the Old World but with a little more science. These vineyards have been built with modern living in mind and are much more practical than Old World vineyards which may not be roomie enough to fit tractors or machinery.

New World wines will taste fruiter, they’ll be bigger and more alcoholic but probably simpler.

New World regions include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Chile and Argentina.

You’re welcome!

Image: Old World wine region which I visited in Tuscany, Italy on the best holiday EVER!!!

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  1. Ben #

    Really interesting read! Cheers

    August 10, 2014

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