New World vs Old World Wine
Old World Wine are wines from countries or regions where Vitis vinifera grapes (vines native to the Mediterranean region, central Europe, and southwestern Asia) and winemaking first originated.
Countries considered to make up Old World are France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova.
New World Wine wines come from countries or regions where winemaking and Vitis vinifera grapes were imported during and after the age of exploration.
Those countries are United States, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, China, India and Japan.
The difference between Old World wines and New World Wines
The differences between Old World and New World are rooted primarily in the winemaking practices and tradition and the effect of the land and climate on the grapes.
Generally speaking 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 fruitier. There are however plenty of exceptions to the rule.
This is because as winemakers nowadays have a fair amount of control when it comes to affecting how a wine will ultimately taste, especially with the application of technology available to the winemaking industry.
Wine coming from Old World regions tend to be bound by tradition, rules and regulations that dictate winemaking practices which ultimately decides a wine’s style. When it comes to choosing the wine, it comes down to personal preference. If you are a traditionalist and prefer the characteristics of traditional wines you will probably choose wines form the Old World. New World (Central and south America and Australia for example) are producing amazing wines also. So, you can literally have the best of both worlds.
Remember! Drink sensibly