Old World

Walking through Montmartre in Paris, FranceWhen it comes down to it, wine is produced in two major areas of the world. The old world and the new world. These two places have their similarities, but they also have many differences. Once you get to know these differences, blind-tasting a flight of wine can become much easier. First of all, the old world consists mostly of European countries. When people think of wine, they tend to think France.

Well, the south of France is very well known for winemaking. In addition, there is Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and many other Mediterranean countries all considered under the old world.  And within these old world wine regions, there are also subregions to be aware of. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

  1. France- In France, there a few major sub-regions of winemaking. Among these are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Champagne, and the South of France. France is almost always the first thought when people see the word “wine”. And rightly so. In the world, there are 12 noble varietals which are thought to be where the best wine is made. Out of the 12, 8 are in France. The only downside, in my opinion, is that wine from France are wanted all over the world. Demand is high while production remains the same. What does that mean? More money per bottle.
  2. Italy- In Italy, There are a few major sub-regions of winemaking. Among these are Piedmont, Tuscany, and Southern Italy. Italy isn’t just known for pizzas and pastas. In fact, Italy is one of the top producers of wine. Not only do the people of Italy love their grape juice, but the government also does a great job in working to increase the country’s presence in the world’s wine production.
  3. Spain- In Spain, there are a few major sub-regions of winemaking. Among these are the Central Plateau,Ebro River Valley, and its Mediterranean Coast. Usually, people jump to France, or maybe even Italy, when they think of “good” regional wines. However, I’d have to argue that wines from Spain are just as “good” and more on the affordable side. If you ask me, that’s a win-win right there.
  4. Germany- In Germany, there are a few major sub-regions of winemaking. Among these are Rheinhessen, the Rheingau, and the Mosel. For those who like to spontaneously pick up random wine bottles at the store, keep an eye out for these German bottles. Wine produced in Germany have labels that provide much more explicit information in comparison to other bottles. For the wine newbies, you’ll be able to understand (just a little bit more) exactly what you’re getting yourself into when you buy a bottle of wine.