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Old World and French Wines VS New World Wines

Old world wines refer to wines that are made mainly in European countries that have a long history in wine making. This includes countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, etc. New world wines are those produced outside of Europe mainly Australia, Argentina, Chile, United States, New Zealand and South Africa.

In general, old world wines like french wines place more emphasis on terroir ( which if translated means roughly a place with its influence of geography, climate and soil on the growth of grapes in this case ). It is believed that the terroir or simply said the land from which the grapes are grown gives them a distinctive quality that is unique to that region. Therefore, old world winemakers tend to be more conservative, following age old, time-tested traditional methods to try to bring out the natural terroir characteristics in the grape and wine. New world wines though emphasises more on winemaking and techniques that bring out the fruitiness of the grape variety with use of more new oak.

Due to the technique of fermentation of the grapes, french wines tend to be smoother, with less alcohol and with more layers of complexity and require longer periods of bottle ageing to mature. New world wines are bolder and has a fruitier taste.

In labelling, french wines are labelled according to specific regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne except the Alsace region. Initially, New World Wines named their wines after these regions like burgundy, Champagne, etc to give their consumers an idea of what they would taste like. However, this soon changed and New World Wines began using the grape variety in their labelling eg. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.

New World vineyards tend to be bigger and are more able to cope with mass markets as they are less dependent on geography. They are also attractive targets for multinational companies eg. Foster's group buying up both Southcorp Wines and Beringer Blass.