New World

by Staff Writer - K. Ash | June 14, 2012

New World refers to wine producing regions that are not traditionally associated with winemaking. Wine regions typically found outside of Europe and the Middle East are considered New World. New World wine regions typically have a heavier emphasis on newer winemaking practices when compared to traditional practices of Old World regions.

New World wine regions were developed by settlers during the Age of Exploration. European influence spread throughout the world resulting in the vine being introduced to foreign lands. New World regions initially included the West Coast of the United States, Australia, South Africa, Mexico and Chile. Over time additional New World regions included the entire United States, Canada, and New Zealand. The term New World is also used to describe the characteristics of the winemaking processes found in recently developed wine regions. Many New World wine regions have turned to producing wines of a varietal nature. The production of varietal based wines can be viewed as a paradigm shift from the traditional winemaking processes of Old World regions. It is important to note that the New World term does not refer to a specific country or region. The New World term is used to collectively to describe all wine producing regions that are not part of traditional wine producing areas.

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