Wines can be divided into two general categories: old world or new world. Old world wines are wines from Europe, where modern wine-making began. Wines from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Hungary, etc. are all considered old world wines. As a very general rule of thumb, these wines tend to be higher in acid and lighter in body. The new world refers to the countries that imported wine-making techniques from Europe, so places like the US, Argentina, South Africa, Australia. New world wines tend to be higher in alcohol, fuller bodies, and less acidic.