Geographical Characteristics

Geographical Characteristics

Choose Your Top Wine – PART 3

Geographical Characteristics 

Some wine regions will always produce superior wines, because of soil properties, the ambient temperature, average hours of sunshine, grape varieties that will grow there, and many other factors. 


Your wine preferences vary with the weather, the seasons, and what you’re eating. A sour white wine is a great refresher in the summer or with a spicy dish, while a robust red on a chilly day, perhaps with roasted meat, is most satisfying. Sour wines tend to come from cooler climates. Countries further from the equator such as Austria, Germany, Canada, and Great Britain, as well as cool regions in hot countries such as the mountains of Chile, produce wines with more natural acidity or freshness. 

Traditional Old World wines tend to be more restrained and less fruit-forward than New World wines. Some critics call New World wine alcoholic fruit juice, but it’s very popular. The Old World includes the wine-growing regions of Europe that have been making wine for centuries. The New World refers to countries that began making and exporting large quantities of wine in the last one hundred years or so, such as North America, South America, and Australia. 

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Despite the tendency for the New World to make fruitier wines than the Old World, exceptions exist. Many New World producers now copy Old World wines at the higher end of the price spectrum. Meanwhile, the Old World is making inexpensive New World look-alikes—fruity wines that name grape varieties on the labels. 

Credits to Carolyn Hammond
And her book “1000 Best Wine Secrets” 

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