Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
Org de Rac Estate in South Africa
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The “old” world is generally known as the birthplace of wine production. Countries in Europe that are globally renowned for their wines include France and Italy. Countries with the most extended history of wine-making are in Eastern Europe, Croatia and Georgia, where pottery fragments show winemaking from 8,000 years ago.

The “new” world refers to the “newly” discovered places that were subsequently colonised, including countries in North and South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

The terms “old” and “new” are also used to help explain how wines are generally produced and what one can expect.

Old-world wines tend to be “classic” wines named after the production region, such as champagne from Champagne, France, and chianti from Chianti, Italy. These wines can be made from a blend of different grapes or a single varietal, but the labels lack this information. Wine production tends to be heavily regulated, and centuries-old traditions and restrictions protect the heritage of wines made in those areas.

New-world wines have different constraints. When pioneers from the “old” world went abroad seeking adventure and a fresh start, they brought cuttings of vines with them. With their risk-taking spirit and flexibility, new world winemakers used the freedom to experiment and innovate. The wines are often made with a single varietal, and the labels will clearly say it’s a chardonnay or pinot noir.

Recently, organic wines from grapes grown naturally without artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides have drawn much attention and consumption.

With its more sustainable and environmentally compatible reputation, this growing niche is attracting a new generation of wine enthusiasts. Amongst them is a young South African couple, Werner and Cassandra Schulz, who recently started their own wine distribution company in Hong Kong called 30 Degrees South, which focuses on bringing in new world wines, ones from estates and winemakers with “unique stories.”

Text Cammy Yiu / Photos Martin Wray & Wines of South Africa