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12a_south_africa - 67 THE NEW WORLD WINE REGIONS South...

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67 THE NEW WORLD WINE REGIONS South Africa—and the countries that we will cover in the rest of this course—are considered the “new ” wine regions. In these countries, wine production was introduced by European immigrants , who brought with them everything they could that was an important part of their culture. In contrast to Europe, in these countries there is no indigenous wine tradition . As a result, the new wine regions do not have local wines with strong regional identities. In contrast to the traditional wines of Europe, the wines of the new regions are not identified primarily by their geographic origin, although the concept of geographic identity is growing in these countries. For the most part, the wines of the new regions are varietally labeled and varieties are not strongly associated with specific places. In any one region, a number of different wine varieties are typically grown. THE WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA Although South Africa has been producing wine since the 1600’s, not many South African wines are seen in the United States. Some years ago, the U.S. and a number of other countries
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