All About Old World Wine

Wine may come from all over the world, but did you know that it technically only falls into two worldly categories? That’s right! All wine can be classified as either old world or new world. Keep reading to learn all about old world wine, including the countries it is made in, naming conventions, taste characteristics, and the delicious old world wine varieties we have on hand at Land O Lakes Winery.

What Is Old World Wine?

Wine Folly defines old world wine as wines that are from any country or region where “winemaking (with Vitis vinifera grapes) first originated.”

Old World Wine Countries

There are eight main countries that are considered to be old world wine countries:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Germany

Old World Winemaking Processes

When it comes to making wine, old world winemakers typically need to follow strict rules and regulations based on their country as well as region within that country. For example, unless they are meant to be sweet, like Sauternes, when making old world wines, winemakers often pick the grapes when they are at “low sugar levels.”

Old World Wine Naming Conventions

Have you ever noticed that old world wines have different names than their new world counterparts? For instance, a California or Chilean Pinot Noir is simply called Pinot Noir, where as a Pinot Noir from France is often referred to as a Burgundy. This is because old world wines are named for their regions instead of the grapes they are made from.

Characteristics Of Old World Wine

Because old world wines are made using traditional methods, they have different characteristics than new world wines.

  1. Old world wines are known for their complex structures.
  2. Old world red wines tend to be higher in tannins than new world reds.
  3. Old world wines typically have lower alcohol levels than new world wines.

The Old World Wines Of Land O Lakes Winery

We have several great old world wines at our winery, including:

  • Super Tuscan (Italy)
  • Amarone (Italy)
  • Pinot Grigio (Italy)
  • Riesling (Germany)

Stop by the Land O Lakes Winery tasting room to pick up your favorite bottle of locally crafted old world wine or visit our online store today!


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