Wine Word of the Week: New World

By Kori ~ March 29th, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is New World.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
New World, a term much used in the wine world, initially somewhat patronizingly but with increasing admiration over the past quarter-century as the New World’s share of global exports rose from 3 to 23 percent, to distinguish the colonies established as a result of European exploration, beginning with some of the longer voyages in the 15th century. As such it contrasts with the Old World of Europe and the other Mediterranean countries where the vine was widely established by the 4th century. Most of the differences between the Old and New Worlds of wine are being systematically eroded as those in the Old World increasingly adopt technical innovations and those in the New World are increasingly exposed to some of the better aspects of tradition.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
New World is a term used in the wine world to describe wines produced outside of the traditional winegrowing regions of Europe. The New World includes the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and Chile, just to name a few. In very general terms, New World wines tend to be fruitier and fuller-bodied than Old World wines.

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Reader's Comments

  1. The Sediment Blog | March 29th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    So what’s at fault in the headline – grammar or maths?

  2. Kori | March 29th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Ha ha. Actually, neither. “Wine Word of the Week” is a weekly series here on Wine Peeps. Most of the time, the “wine word” is, in fact, one word but sometimes it is two or even three words. While “new” and “world” are two words, taken together in this context, they constitute one “wine word”. Cheers!