Wine that is labeled ‘Old World’ is produced primarily in Europe, from regions that have a long history of winemaking. Old World wine countries include Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain & Austria. This list may also include parts of North Africa & the Near East depending who you ask.
These territories have been harvesting their wine crops for over 2000 years and are very terroir driven. Old World winemaking is steeped in tradition and exhibits the attitude of “It’s always been that way” and “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The conventions and methods of Old World winemaking have been passed down and perfected over several generations.
Old World wines tend to be drier and more subtle in flavor than their New World counterparts. I’ll discuss New World wines in an upcoming post. I know, I know … patience.