Old World

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

The term Old World refers to wine producing regions that have long been associated with winemaking. Old World is also often used to contrast differences between traditional wine practices found in traditional wine regions (Old World) and newer wine practices found in newer wine regions (New World).

Old World wine regions are typically represented by countries that have many traditions as well as long histories with winemaking. Typically, these regions are found in Europe as well as the Mediterranean. North Africa and the Middle East also are considered to be Old World wine regions. In addition to the geographical considerations of Old World regions, the Old World term is also used to describe areas that utilize traditional winemaking practices. An example of traditional practices includes an emphasis on the production of terroir-driven wines — wines that reflect the unique aspects of the region where the grapes were grown. This can often be in stark contrast to many wines produced in newer regions where winemaking is performed without any emphasis on terroir — wines produced with an emphasis on the grape variety as well as the producer. It should be noted that the term Old World is used to describe traditional regions as a whole, not individual wine producing countries. Countries that are considered Old World include France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Romania.

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