Probably one of the most asked questions by wine enthusiasts?
Two of the classifications that you’ve likely heard most often by wine enthusiasts are the terms “Old World Wine” and “New World Wine”.
Geographically, Old World wines comes from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Places like Israel, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, Poland, France, Spain and Italy all produce what is considered Old World wine. Many vineyards of these regions have been around for generations.
New World wine is produced basically anywhere in the world that can grow grapes and is not in Europe, like the United States, Australia, India, China, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Chile.
So what are the differences?
Old World wine tends to have lighter body, lower alcohol, higher acidity, and less fruity flavor with more minerality. New World wine tends toward fuller body, high alcohol, lower acidity, and pronounced fruit flavors.
Where is the oldest wine region in the world?
Georgia is considered by many to be the birthplace of wine, and its history can be traced back over 8000 years when the people of the South Caucasus discovered that if wild grape juice was buried in a pit over winter, it turned into wine. This led to Georgians cultivating grapes and burying clay vessels, or kveris, to create wine – sometimes for as long as 50 years for a true vintage.
The current trend in wine is to prefer Old World to New World, as wine enthusiasts tend to associate the products with the heritage and nostalgia these wines represent, how about you?
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