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New World Wine Regions

The wine world divides wine into two categories — new and old. It's less about style (although that can come into play) and is, instead, a nod to where the wine was grown. Old World countries — think Europe — were some of the original producers of wine. "New world" generally refers to countries and regions around the world where wine grapes and winemaking practices were imported from the Old World.

New World Wine

Most new world regions got their start in or after the 16th century — much later than in the Old World. Below you'll find maps of the main producers. We've also highlighted key wine regions in those places — not all of them, but enough to get you started. Finally, we've detailed the main grapes grown in that region.

United States

While wine is grown in all 50 states, there are a few key states where the majority of U.S. wine is produced.

REGIONS:
  1. Washington
  2. Oregon
  3. California
  4. Michigan
  5. New York
  6. Virginia
  7. North Carolina
  8. Missouri
  9. Texas
  10. Arizona

Washington: Columbia Valley

Whites:
  • Riesling
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Syrah

Oregon

Whites:
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Pinot Noir

California: Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Mendocino, Paso Robles, Monterey Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands

Whites:
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

South America: Argentina

REGIONS:
  1. Salta
  2. Tucumán
  3. Catamarca
  4. La Rioja
  5. San Juan
  6. Mendoza
  7. Patagonia

Mendoza

White:
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tempranillo

Patagonia

White:
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tempranillo

South America: Chile

REGIONS:
  1. Atacama
  2. Coquimbo Region
  3. Aconcagua Region
  4. Central Valley Region
  5. South Region
  6. Austral Region

Coquimbo Region

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pais
  • Carmenere

Aconcagua Region

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pais
  • Carmenere

Central Valley Region

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pais
  • Carmenere

New South Wales: Hunter Valley

White:
  • Semillion
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz

Tasmania

White:
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
Red:
  • Pinot Noir

Victoria: Port Phillip

White:
  • Chardonnay
Red:
  • Pinot Noir
  • Shiraz

South Australia: Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley

White:
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
Red:
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Western Australia: Margaret River

White:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
Red:
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

South Africa

REGIONS:
  1. Olifants River Valley
  2. Paarl
  3. Wellington
  4. Stellenbosch
  5. Breederkloof
  6. Worcester
  7. Walker Bay
  8. Robertson
  9. Klein Karoo

Paarl

White:
  • Chenin Blanc
Red:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Stellenbosch

Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Pinotage

Walker Bay

White:
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

New Zealand

REGIONS:
  1. Northland
  2. Auckland
  3. Waikato/Bay of Plenty
  4. Gisborne
  5. Hawke's Bay
  6. Wairarapa
  7. Marlborough
  8. Canterbury/Waipara Valley
  9. Central Otago
  10. Nelson

Auckland

White:
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah

Hawke's Bay

Whites:
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Syrah

Marlborough

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Gris
Red:
  • Pinot Noir

Central Otago

White:
  • Riesling
Red:
  • Pinot Noir