Old World

Old World refers to wines that come from European countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Hungary and Switzerland, and from regions in North Africa and the Middle East.

The two most guiding influences of Old World style winemaking are that of tradition and terroir. The former refers to the long history of a wine region, while the latter refers to geography and the unique characteristics of a place. The centuries-old histories of many Old World wine regions have given the regions time to develop and adapt techniques that presumably best suit a particular vine growing area. Read this article from Wikipedia to learn more about Old World wines.

It is generally believed by many that characteristics of wines from the Old World tend to be lighter-bodied, more restrained and lower in alcohol. But the main thing all Old World wine countries have in common is that their wine making is heavily restricted with guidelines all wineries must follow. Each country and region of that country in the Old World has been making wine a certain way for centuries, and current winemakers are held to those old standards.

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