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Old World Wine Regions

The phrases "old" and "new" don't refer to the age of a wine, but rather the region where a wine is grown and produced. The division is straightforward. Old World refers to countries and regions in Europe, where modern winemaking began.

Old World Wine

Any server, sommelier or wine connoisseur can benefit from learning more about where wines come from. It's the place that gives the wine its terroir. Below you'll find maps of the main Old World wine countries, with key wine growing regions highlighted — not all of them, but enough to get you started. Finally, we've detailed major varieties of grapes grown in each region. Remember, other permitted grapes may exist in these regions.

France

REGIONS:
  1. Bordeaux
  2. Loire Valley
  3. Champagne
  4. Alsace
  5. Burgundy
  6. Beaujolais
  7. Rhone Valley
  8. Provence
  9. Corsica
  10. Languedoc-Roussillon
  11. South West

Bordeaux

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Muscadelle
Reds:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot

Loire Valley

Whites:
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Melon de Bourgogne
Reds:
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Gamay

Champagne

White:
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier

Alsace

Whites:
  • Riesling
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Blanc

Burgundy

White:
  • Chardonnay
Red:
  • Pinot Noir

Beaujolais

Red:
  • Gamay

Rhone Valley

White:
  • Viognier
Reds:
  • Syrah
  • Grenache
  • Mourvèdre
  • Cinsaut

Germany

REGIONS:
  1. Mittelrhein
  2. Ahr
  3. Mosel
  4. Rheingau
  5. Nahe
  6. Rheinhessen
  7. Pfalz
  8. Hessische Bergstrasse
  9. Baden
  10. Wurttemberg
  11. Franken
  12. Saale-Unstrut
  13. Sachsen

Mosel

White:
  • Riesling

Rheingau

Whites:
  • Riesling
  • Müller-Thurgau
  • Sylvaner

Rheinhessen

White:
  • Riesling

Pfalz

White:
  • Riesling
Red:
  • Pinot Noir

Italy

REGIONS:
  1. Liguria
  2. Piedmont
  3. Lombardy
  4. Trentio-Alto Adige
  5. Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  6. Veneto
  7. Emilia-Romangna
  8. Tuscany
  9. Umbria
  10. Abruzzo
  11. Molise
  12. Apulia
  13. Basilcata
  14. Calabria
  15. Sicily
  16. Campania
  17. Lazio
  18. Sardenga

Piedmont

White:
  • Moscato
Reds:
  • Nebbiolo
  • Barbera
  • Dolcetto

Lombardy

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

Trentio-Alto Adige

Whites:
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Gewürztraminer

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Whites:
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Friulano
Red:
  • Merlot

Veneto

Whites:
  • Soave
  • Pinot Grigio
Reds:
  • Corvina
  • Rondinella
  • Molinara

Tuscany

Whites:
  • Trebbiano
  • Vermentino
  • Malvasia
Reds:
  • Sangiovese
  • Canaiolo Nero
  • Colorino
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Syrah

Umbria

Whites:
  • Orvieto
  • Grechetto
  • Procanico
  • Chardonnay

Apulia

Whites:
  • Pinot Bianco
  • Fiano
  • Chardonnay
Reds:
  • Negroamaro
  • Primitivo
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Sicily

Whites:
  • Catarratto
  • Grillo
  • Malvasia
Reds:
  • Nero d'Avola
  • Nerello de Mascalese

Campania

Whites:
  • Greco
  • Fiano
Red:
  • Aglianico

Spain

REGIONS:
  1. Castilla y Leon
  2. Rioja
  3. Aragon
  4. Catalonia
  5. Valencia
  6. Canary Islands
  7. Castilla-La Mancha
  8. Andalucia
  9. Extremadura
  10. Galicia

Castilla y Leon: Ribera del Duero

Red:
  • Tempranillo

Castilla y Leon: Rueda

Whites:
  • Verdejo
  • Viura
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Rioja

White:
  • Viura
Reds:
  • Tempranillo
  • Mazuelo
  • Graciano
  • Garnacha

Catalonia: Priorat

Reds:
  • Garnacha
  • Carinena
  • Syrah

Catalonia: Penedes

Whites:
  • Parallada
  • Xarel-lo
  • Macabeo
Reds:
  • Garnacha
  • Monastrell
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Castilla-La Mancha

Red:
  • Tempranillo

Andalucia

Red:
  • Tempranillo

Galicia: Rías Baixas

White:
  • Albariño

Portugal

REGIONS:
  1. Minho
  2. Dao
  3. Beira Atlantico
  4. Lisboa
  5. Tejo/Ribatejo
  6. Setubal
  7. Transmontano
  8. Douro Valley
  9. Terras de Cister
  10. Beira Interior
  11. Alentejo
  12. Algarve

Minho

White:
  • Albarino

Lisboa

White:
  • Fernao Pires
Red:
  • Trincaderia

Douro Valley

Red:
  • Touriga Nacional

Alentejo

White:
  • Arinto
Red:
  • Tempranillo