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-Old World Wines

What does ‘Old World Wine means?

Old World wine refers primarily to wine made in Europe but can also include other regions of the Mediterranean basin with long histories of winemaking such as North Africa and the Near East.

“Old World wine regions” like Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain each making vastly different styles of wine even within their own borders. Rather the phrase is used to describe general differences in Viticulture which means the science, production and study of grapes dealing with the series of events that occur in the vineyard.

History of Old World wines

Viticulture in most of the Old World wine regions dates back to several hundred or even thousands of years with the wine lovers phuketPhoenicians, Greeks and Romans establishing some of the earliest vineyards. Over centuries these Old World wine regions have developed viticultural techniques and practices adapted around their unique climates and landscapes.

The two most guiding influences of Old World style winemaking is that of tradition and terroir. Terroir is often used to describe the aspects of a wine region such as soil, climate and topography that are often out of the winemakers control.The former refers to the long history of a wine region while the later refers to geography and the unique characteristics of a place. The centuries old history of many Old World wine region have given the regions time to develop and adapt techniques that presumably best suit a particular vine growing area. These can include which grape varieties to plant, trellising methods, maximum permitted yields, as well as winemaking techniques.

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