Court of Master Sommeliers Abandons ‘Old/New World’ Terms

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Forbes is reporting that The Court of Master Sommeliers has announced that it will no longer use the terms ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ in its published materials or examination assessments from 2024. This decision reflects the Court’s commitment to historical accuracy, reducing cultural bias, and acknowledging the growing difficulty in distinguishing between Old and New World wines.

The change also aligns with the evolving global wine production landscape, where traditional distinctions between European (Old World) and other (New World) wines are becoming less clear due to factors like climate change and the global spread of winemaking techniques​ from ‘new’ to ‘old’ and vice versa.