The Top New World Wine Regions
International Wine Challenge 2010:
Winners of the 2010 International Wine Challenge (IWC) were announced on May 18, 2010. But many wine connoisseurs and experts believe that the top New World wine regions are also worth taking notice. Although wines of "Old World" countries have traditionally taken the lead in quality wines and wineries for centuries, the topmost New World wine regions are quickly catching up. But first let’s take a look at the winners of the International Wine Challenge in 2010.
The IWC is known to be one of the world’s finest and most respected wine competitions worldwide. There were over 45,000 bottles of quality wine, a record number of 46 wine producing countries who entered, and 365 judges with utmost standards.
Lasting 9 days at the Lords Nursery Pavilion in London, over 100 wines were awarded, along with 14 Great Value Wines judged for their obtainability, elegance, and price.
France was the No.1 nation status with 75 Gold medals and a total of 947 medals. The top three Gold medal countries were France, Australia second, then Portugal.
International Wine: Champion Winners 2009
Marks & Spencer Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chalumeaux, 2007: Produced by: Jean Pascal from Burgundy, France: Made with: Chardonnay (IWC judges says that this quality white wine is: Intense, full bodied, rich and ripe and has a sweet caramel nose. Lovely weight and richness on palate. Long flavours).
Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2004: Produced by: Castello Romitorio Srl, from Tuscany, Italy. Made with: Sangiovese (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Deep, intense and slightly brooding on the nose: leather, hints of tobacco and violets. Red fruits dominate on the palate).
2 Viña Ab, NV: Produced by: Gonzalez Byass, from Jerez, Spain. Made with: Palomino Fino (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Gold, straw style with a developed, rich nose with caramel hints. Medium bodied, dry, oxidative (pasada) style. Good length).
Charles Heidsieck Millesime 2000: Produced by: Champagnes P. & C. Heidsieck from Champagne, France. Made with: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Golden wine, lemon rind, richer style, caramel biscuit, nice length, good finish. Thinkers champagne).
Sämling Trockenbeerenauslese, 2007: Produced by: Hans Tschida from Neusiedlersee, Austria. Made with: Sämling (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Elegant and nutty with a touch of crunchy apricot aromas. Almond and marmalade notes on the palate with lemony fresh citrus notes. Lush and long).
International Wine: Planet Earth Awards
Schubert 2008 Pinot Noir Block B, 2008: Produced by: Schubert Wines from Wairarapa, New Zealand. Made with: Pinot Noir (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Mid ruby, dense raspberry and smoke nose with a herb de province overlay. Juicy, jammy palate with good lift. Nice length. Luscious!).
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, 2008: Produced by: Domaine De La Vougeraie from Burgundy, France. Made with: Pinot Noir (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Focused red cherry and raspberry notes with perfect fruit. Supported by cherry oak with a long balanced finish).
Le Haut Lieu Sec, 2007: Produced by: Domaine Huet from Loire, France. Made with: Chenin Blanc (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Attractive lemon and citrus flavour. Well balanced).
Heaven On Earth, NV: Produced by: Stellar Organics from Olifants River, South Africa. Made with: Muscat D'alexandrie (IWC judges say that this quality wine is: Burnt orange and caramel flavours with delicate jasmine aromas. Excellent balance and a great finish).
International Wine: Champion Sake Winners 2009
Born: Ginsen, 2008: Produced by: Katoukichibee Shouten from Fukui, Japan. Made with: Yamadanishiki (IWC judges say that this quality sake is: Fresh, touch of petals, floral bouquet. Green fruity, honey, apricot jam. Medium long finish).
Sawahime Daiginjo, 2009: Produced by: Inoue Seikichi Co Ltd from Tochigi, Japan. Made with: Hitogokochi (IWC judges say that this quality sake is: Powerful green fruit and capsicum aromas. Earthy, mushroom notes lifted by zesty fruitiness. Balanced, long but not elegant).
Nechi, 2008: Produced by: General Partnership Watanabe Sake Brewing Store from Niigata, Japan. Made with: Gohyakumangoku (IWC judges say that this quality sake is: Aroma gives promise. Sweetness after palate).
Hanahato Kijoshu Aged For 8 Years, 2001: Produced by: Enoki Shuzo Co Ltd from Hiroshima, Japan. Made with: Nakateshinsembon ( IWC judges say that this quality sake is: Toffee, roasted nuts and ripe apple character. Hints of sticky toffee on the palate with good acidity supporting the weight. A raisin, honey finish).
Honshu-ichi Muroka Honjozo, 2009: Produced by: Umeda-shuzoujou & Co from Hiroshima, Japan. Made with: Hattannishiki (IWC judges say that this quality sake is: Sharp apple character with a fresh, citrus ripeness. Warming alcohol with a lingering finish).
International Wine: Great Value Champion Winners 2009
- Under £6: Moon Bridge Riesling; Australia
- £5 and £10: Falanghina Campania 2009; Italy
- £5 and £10: Secano Rosé Pinot Noir 2009; Chili
- Under £6: La Difference Carignan; France
- £6 and £10: Waitrose Reserve Shiraz; Australia
- £10 and £15: Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2008; Chili
- Under £6: La Gitana Manzanilla NV; Spain
- Under £6: Fonseca Bin 27; Spain
- £10 and £15: Campbells Rutherglen Muscat; Australia
- Under £10: M&S Brut Natural 2007 ; South Africa
- £10 and £15: Lambrusco Reggiano Concerto 2009; Harrods, Italy
- £15 and £20: Waitrose Champagne Brut NV; France
- £10 and £15: Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Botrytis Riesling; Australia
The Top New World Wine Regions
Old world wineries throughout the centuries have basically remained constant and classical. Regions like France, Italy, and Chili are among the most famous countries for outstanding wineries.But changes in the weather such as global warming have altered traditional wine regions.Today wines of t“New World” regions have introduced some international award winners with some amazing results and wineries.
Many enologists are returning to their homeland after college as winemakers to develop some outstanding wineries. . Some of these new world wine regions have a long way to go before they produce the highest quality wines. But several wine of the “New World” wine has introduced some incredible and remarkable award winning wine.
According to AskMen, one of the largest lifestyle websites for men: “New World” wine is here to stay. Below are some of the the top wines of new world wine regions and wineries:
Top 7 New World Wines: According to AskMen
No. 7: England
Although most of England is pretty cold for viticulture there are southern regions that have similar soil compositions to the regions of Champagne, France. You probably will not find a red wine of this "New World" wine country comparable to the sparkling wines have been receiving fantastic reviews. However, England also produces white, yes red, rose’, and elegant sweet wines.
AskMen suggests producers: Nyetimber
No. 6: Brazil
Since the 1880's, Brazil has been producing quality wines. Around 90% of Brazilian wine comes from the mountainous regions of south Rio Grande do Sul. During the last decade Brazil pioneered the Brazilian Wine Institute to strengthen and research their countries viticulture for quality wine.
Wine of Brazil’s is mainly grown in the Serra Gaucha region which is known for its invigorating sparkling wines plus a variety of white wine and red wine. Vale do São Francisco Valley is also another productive wine region that cultivates Ecuadorian grapes with a high content of sugar that brings a delicious fruity taste to the wine.
AskMen suggests producers: Miolo
No. 5: Canada
Canada is another cold climate "New World" wine country. Although it does not have many regions that are ideal for wineries it does produce some amazing quality wine. Wineries of Southern British Columbia and Southern Ontario regions have become quite prominent for their quality wines.
Canada is best known for their Ice wines that have a history dated back to the 1800’s. The Ice wine is made completely by hand and then naturally frozen on the vine. It is similar to the sweet flavor of mangos and peach nectar. Most Ice vineyards are in Nova Scotia out of Quebec and in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
AskMen suggests producers: Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
No. 4: Greece
For thousands of years Greece has been producing quality wine. Yet during the past century Greece’s status for viticulture had dropped. For the past twenty-five years, Greece as revitalized many of their vineyards to reestablish their reputation for quality wine. With the combination of modern technology and excellent growing conditions, Greece has made an amazing comeback.
Greece has more than 300 indigenous grape varieties, some being cultivated since ancient times. Wines of the Macedonia, Peloponessos, and Thessalia regions grow traditional red wine from the Mavrodafni grape.
White wine from the Assyrtico grape is a popular pink-skinned Moscofilero grape grown in the Peloponessos region. This grape produces a slightly spicy dry white wine. Macedonia grows the Xynomavro red grape of which produces a rich earthy red wine that is often oak-aged.
AskMen suggests producers: Domaine Sigalas
No. 3: Romania
Romania has been producing quality wine for over six thousand years. Many say that it is the oldest wine growing country in Europe. Even today, Romania is one of the largest producers of quality wine in the world, producing over 5000,000 tons a year.
There are four major wine regions of Romania: Cotnari with its sweet white"Kingly Wine" of Moldavia; Tarnave with an array of quality white wine in Transylvania; Murfatlar located right off the Black Sea produces fresh sweet white wine and excellent red wine of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and black Feteasca, and the Dealu Mare region known as Big Hill that produces traditional red wine of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, black Feteasca; and white wines of Muscat Ottonel, white Feteasca, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, and Sauvignon Blanc. Romania is a fabulous combination of " Old World" and "New World" wineries.
AskMen suggests producers: Domain Tohani
No. 2: Ukraine
The Crimea region of Ukraine was prized for their quality wine by Catherine II, Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796. By the mid or late 1700’s Ukraine became the largest supplier of wine to the USSR. Around 1985, the ruler of what is now Soviet Union attempted to decrease alcohol consumption which led to the ruin of numerous vineyards and quality wineries.
One of the oldest vineyards is in Crimea built in the 1890’s. The Massandra winery in Crimea was the summer palace of Czar Nicholas II. This region specializes in the desert wine Muscat. Today the Ukraine has made an amazing comeback in the wine industry. A country filled with "Old World" quality wine history and "New World" wine regions.
AskMen suggests producers: Odessagne Sparkling
No. 1: Switzerland
The country of Switzerland borders some of the most well-known producing wine of the world; with France, Italy, and Germany. Their quality wines have excellent body and extraordinary standards. In fact, only 1% of the wine produced in Switzerland makes it out of the country. Their best quality wine comes from the Valais region. This region produces a brilliant floral white wine from Chasselas grapes. Switzerland is one of the leading "New World quality wine countries today.
AskMen suggests producers: Chappaz Fendant
International Wine Challenge (IWC), 2010: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com/
mecheshier (author) on May 16, 2013:
Yes, it is a very interesting subject. I am sure that wine regions will change even more, especially with the world's climate change. TY for you great feedback
Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 16, 2013:
I've been hearing so much about California being and up and coming region, so it was interesting that California did not make the top seven list of new world regions. Oh well... maybe next time. The wine industry is fascinating and I really enjoyed reading your article.
mecheshier (author) on November 29, 2012:
Thanks for the wonderful feedback.
Yes, red wine is a favorite of mine as well. I haven't tried the Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, let me know how it is.
Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on November 29, 2012:
I like red wine and so does my wife, i would like to try this Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva for a start. Great wine guide, voted up, useful and shared.
mecheshier (author) on June 02, 2012:
Thank you for such wonderful feedback. Yes indeed it is quite interesting. Makes you wonder if it has to do with global warming. Have a great time in Portugal. Let me know how you like the wine.
LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 02, 2012:
How interesting to see these new wine producers! I'm glad to see one of the old ones ranks high, Portugal, I'm headed there in a couple of weeks. I'll be sure to drink to the health of the upstarts!
mecheshier (author) on October 15, 2011:
Thank you paulwillson26, it was fun writing it!
paulwillson26 from Madrid on September 30, 2011:
This is a really good wine guide
mecheshier (author) on February 24, 2011:
Thank you funky23
funky23 from Deutschland on February 24, 2011:
that writing is awesome
mecheshier (author) on January 30, 2011:
Hi Yourglobalgirl. Thank you for your feedback. Yes, it is quite interesting how wine regions are changing.
Yourglobalgirl from UK on January 30, 2011:
Very interesting wine article- I can definitely confirm the popularity of English wine and also Swiss.