Wine Academy part 5: Old and New Wine World

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Jeroen van Mierlo teaches wine courses, in which he explains people the basics about wine. In this biweekly column ‘Wine Academy’ he answers the 25 most asked questions about wine. In part 5 of the wine academy Jeroen answers the question: What is the difference between Old Wine World and New Wine World? He explains what the difference is and how it influences the taste of wine. 

Have you ever heard someone speaking of the ‘Old Wine World’ and the ‘New Wine World’? And have you always wondered what they meant by this? It has everything to do with the history of wine making in this country.

Old Wine World vs New Wine World

The Old Wine World exists of the countries that have been producing wine since the beginning of tine-times. So these are the traditional wine countries in Europe such as France, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Germany. Also countries such as Turkey, Georgia and Armenia belong to the Old Wine World. The New Wine World exists of countries that started making wine after the ‘age of exploration’. These countries usually have less tradition and culture around the wine making. Countries that belong to the New Wine World are for example Australia, Chile, North America and New Zealand.

Is there a difference in taste between the Old Wine World and the New Wine World?

There usually is. The difference can be explained as following:

Old World: Wines are often described as tasting lighter, having less alcohol, having higher acidity, and tasting less fruity.

New World: Wines are often described as tasting riper, having higher alcohol, having less acidity, and tasting more fruity.

Now next time you’re somewhere people and people start discussing this topic you can confidently join the conversation. Do you have a favourite wine country?

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