What are New World Wines?
New world wines come from countries and regions that are relatively new to wine making. Now, that doesn’t mean that new world wines are any better or worse than old world wines. We’re beginning to see lines being blurred between New World vs Old World wine, so it’s best to think of these terms as geographic references pointing to the particular area where a wine was made.
What Countries are Considered New World?
Put simply, any country that did not begin to produce wine around the time of its inception (give or take a few hundred years) can be considered New World.
Basically, any country outside of the Middle East or Europe is a New World wine growing region. Wine making today is happening in some of the most unexpected places. It’s incredible to see what these newer producers are coming up with. There’s even wine being made in Northern Iceland!
New World vs Old World Wine Regions
Here is a list and map of the most rapidly expanding and notable New World wine making countries and regions today.
- United States (especially Central and Northern California)
- South Africa (exciting wines are just beginning to come out of this continent, check them out if you come across them!)
- New Zealand
What Does New World Wine Taste Like?
It’s typically understood that the majority of New World vineyards exist in hotter climates than those located throughout Old World regions. Thus, a common assumption is made that New World wines tend to be more ripe, fruit forward, and contain more alcohol. 80% of the time this is true.
There are obviously exceptions to this mentality and its important to remember that most discussions related to wine are very subjective. Many wine makers are aware of the traditional conceptualization of New World styles and therefor are trying to break the mold, with many of them being widely successful.
Some New World wine producers have also been known to utilize new French and American oak in order to exact more flavor and body.