New World vs Old World Wines – What’s the difference?
You’ve probably heard Old World versus New World wines, what exactly is the difference? New World wines are from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and the USA, less popular regions include India, Japan and China. These wineries usually adopt and implement the traditions of wine making from Old World Wines. Due to warmer climates, New World wines tend to produce a less acidic, more fruity and sweeter grapes which translates to wines with a higher alcohol content.
Old World wines are from countries where wine making first originated, France, Italy, Spain, Germany. This list also includes wines we don’t look out for often in Singapore such as Portugal, Greece, Hungary and even Moldova! These wines have set a wine culture spanning centuries, most with strict guidelines and standard of wine quality to follow. As Old World regions tend not to get as warm as New World regions, it is often described to be higher in acidity, less fruity and lower in alcohol content.
Old World wines also tend to have a lot more emphasis and focus on the microclimate of the vineyard rather than the grape varietal. That brings the focus to the soil, training technique, wind, precipitation, and so much more! These are the factors that differentiate the resulting flavour of these Old World Wines. This is also one reason why most Old World wines tend to have earthy notes and have more minerality. An Old World St Emilion presents more earthy notes compared to a California Merlot which tends to be more fruity with less tannins.
Of course there are exceptions to the taste of wines mentioned between both Old and New World wines. Both worlds have their own style, methodology and technique that goes into the making of each bottle of wine. You’ll be amazed to taste the difference in a same grape varietal but made in both Old and New World Wines!
Bodegas El Nido is part of Gil Family Estates. This tiny winery was founded in 2002 and is located in the Aragona valley with over 44 hectares of 70-year-old Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon. These are very old grapevines and all of them have a north to northeastern orientation.
Bodegas Borsao is the origin and engine of the D.O. “Campo de Borja” (Zaragoza, Aragón, north-eastern Spain) or the well-known “Empire of the Garnacha”.
Bodegas Ateca is one of six wineries belonging to the Gil Family Estates. The winery is well-known for its terroir-driven orientation and its use of indigenous grape varieties.
In the late 1990’s, Toni Sarrion began a one man crusade to save the indigenous variety Bobal and coax it from obscurity and rusticity to the forefront of truly world class wines.
Chacra was created by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta in 2004 with the intention of finding the most unobstructed expression of the climate, micro-climate, and terrior of Mainqué in the Río Negro region of Patagonia.