New World v Old World Wine

New World v Old World Wine

New world wine refers to that wine which is grown in newer wine producing countries as opposed to those European countries that traditionally owned vineyards and produced wines, most notably France and Italy.

New world wines tend to be produced by countries which were former colonies including Australia, New Zealand, and South America including Chile and Argentina.

So let's the explore the real differences between new world wine and old world wine, because there's more to it than you might think.

Old world wine tends to be characterised by a lighter body, lower alcohol content, higher acidity and less fruity. Whereas new world wine generally has a fuller body, higher alcohol content and lower acidity. For many people this is what sets new world wines apart. They are fuller and richer with a stronger berry taste and red wines in particular are better suited to people who find old world wines a little too acidic for their palate. 

This is the difference between cool and warm climate wines. Warm climates create fuller flavoured berries, although of course there are many old world regions such as the South of France and Spain that also produce full bodies wines. It often depends on the region. 

New World grapes tend to ripen more quickly, and are riper when finally picked, due to the warmer climate. Rain and humidity are more common factors as well.

Old World Wine can be aged for a long time, whereas New World Wine tends to have slightly higher ABV, and there are less regulations for the process of producing New vs Old World wine.

New world wine therefore tends to produce good quality wine in a shorter period whereas for old world wine you may be waiting sometime for the grapes to ripen, the wine to mature and regulations to be met.

Of course there are good quality and poor quality wines across the glove regardless of where they are produced, but if you prefer a fuller, more berry flavour that is rich in undertones and less acidic, look no further than Asirie Wines with its superb collections from Chile and Argentina. And for the wine buffs amongst you that simply insist on old world wines, we have a Spanish collection that is simply the best of the crop. 

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