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Old World vs. New World

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When diving in to the big bad world of wine, it won’t be long before you hear somebody throwing around the terms “Old World” and “New World”. This is a simple distinction that people make depending on where exactly a wine is produced. And, thankfully, the dividing line here is relatively simple.

The “Old World” refers to the European regions that first began producing wine thousands of years ago; think France, Spain and Italy. The “New World” contains regions like California, Australia and South Africa where the practice of making wine wasn’t heard of until Europeans set out to colonise the world and brought their love of homemade hooch with them.

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