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New World Wine Regions

These are the new kids on the block.
The wine producing areas of far-away places that do things their own way.
New takes on old styles, new ideas and new, unique climates to grow and make wine in.
These seven countries represent the best of wine production outside the Old World.
They aren't the only countries in the New World to be producing wine, but they are the most established and where wine has firmly ingrained it's culture already.
These are the ones to watch and if you are from any of these countries or have tried their wines, you know that they have great potential.

United States of America

The USA is a huge market for wine, being both one of biggest producing nations on Earth and one of the highest wine consuming countries out there too.
The United States continues to be the largest New World producer of the modern age.
An incredibly varied climate for wine growing, with almost all 50 states producing wine of some sort or another.
This section will focus on the biggest and most interesting states for growing grapes for wine.
Check out the wine regions of the USA right here. (COMING SOON)


Canada is a big country, with a complex history and a tough climate that challenges the long held ideas of where certain wine grapes can be grown.
Known for many years for it's distinctive 'Ice Wine' style, similar to that found in Germany, Canada has recently stepped up it's game when it comes to modern, quality wines of all styles and varieties.
Tough wine laws between provinces make it difficult to buy these wines outside their own regions, so check out this overview, to see what is in store before you head there.

Wine Regions of Canada


Australia is one of the largest players on the New World market, with over 60 recognised wine regions across several states, and everything from tiny, hand-crafted icon wines, to some of the most massive bulk producers on Earth.
Many of these areas specialize in the signature grape of Australia; Shiraz, but the country produces huge amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay too.
As there are several main areas to speak on, so head here to choose a Australian Wine Region to learn about.

Check out the wine regions of Australia here.

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of smaller wine producing nations on Earth, but has recently gained a reputation for it's unique, high-quality take on several classic varieties, especially Sauvignon Blanc and several styles of Pinot Noir.
An island nation, each of it's wine regions, have completely different climates and soils, and so this South Pacific country can produce a wide variety of different wines.
Check out the wine regions of New Zealand here. 

South Africa

South Africa is a the main wine producer of the continent of Africa and considering grapes have been grown here for wine since the late 1600's this could almost be considered a old world wine region for it's age alone.
South Africa's signature varieties of the modern age have been it's unique cross, Pinotage and the Loire grape Chenin Blanc, though as one of the largest producers of wine in the world, they grow a huge myriad of varieties.
Check out an overview of South African wine regions here. (COMING SOON)


Argentina is the biggest player in the unique South American wine market, while being the second biggest producer in the New World and 5th biggest overall.
A country of soaring mountains, dry, desert like plains and a colonial history that has grapes being planted here for hundreds of years.
The icon grape here is Malbec, originally of the South-West region of France.
Famous for value, the high-quality market is also paying attention to Argentina.
Check here for the wine regions of Argentina. (COMING SOON)


Chile is a long, thin strip of land, stuck between the Andes Mountains and the cold Atlantic Ocean, which has been in recent years, one of the most improved New World wine producers.
Like it's neighbour Argentina, wine has been produced in Chile for hundreds of years, but the climate here is significantly colder, allowing for a different focus in modern times.
Carménère is the icon grape here, a variety that was almost wiped out in Bordeaux, finding a new home in this very different environment.
Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has also found much fame of late.
Find out everything you need to know about the wine regions of Chile here.


Uruguay is a tiny nation of just a few million inhabitants, but this country is punching well above weight with it's own take on the classic Basque variety of Tannat.
The main vineyards lie just miles from the capital of Montevideo, attracting much wine tourism to the region.
Home to many small producers, this is another region you may have to visit in person to fully understand.
Failing that, check out this overview of the main wine regions of Uruguay.
Wine Regions of Uruguay