What the "F" is New world wine?
What is new world wine? Since Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and explorers like him opened up the world to European colonists, wine has followed close behind and expanded its footprint. But new world wines are not just wines from the new world, they have challenged tradition and shape how we think about wine.
What is new world wine?
In a nutshell new world wines are any wines that come from countries were wine was planted during and after the age of exploration. The most popular countries considered to be part of the new world are Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, and of course the USA. You could also add Canada, Uruguay, and even India to that list.
New world wines also do things differently in that they don't describe a wine by where it is from (like Bordeaux, Chianti, or Rioja) but rather by what the grape is (like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Chardonnay).
What is so awesome about new world wine?
New world wines do not live and die by regions and traditions. There are no rules around what a wine should be so new world winemakers have long been given a license to experiment. They revel in taking grapes from all over the world and just seeing what can happen with them. That is what we love about New World wine, that it really allows winemakers to get creative, to express themselves, and challenge what wine can be like. Whether traditionalists, or rebellious innovators, the New World is famous for taking wine to whole new levels sharing in the artistic spirit of Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, Jackson Pollock, or even the Ramones.
New world wines have opened up our minds
It was back in the 1970s when a well known wine critic challenged France's top red and white wines with some of his favorites from California. The Paris Judgement as it became to be known showed the world that California wine could rival Europe's best. It was long thought wine from the old world was superior but thanks to The Paris Judgement we now see that wines from all over the world are fantastic. We have a huge world of wines to explore and enjoy as a result.