When you think of wine naming and wine labeling, you need to think about the “Old World” and “New World” of wine. “Old World” is Europe. “New World” is everywhere else.
With thousands of years of wine-making experience, the “Old World” knows exactly what grapes grow best in what places and what combinations of grapes work best together.
Because of this deep knowledge, the “Old World” tout terroir (the growing environment for the grapes) as the most important factor in determining a wine’s characteristics, and they name their wines after the regions (e.g., Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone). [Read more…]