Orange Wine

Orange wine, or amber wine, is an old but newly awakened phenomenon in the wine world, in this day associated with small-scale winemaking and the natural wine movement. The wine is made from green grapes but the technology is reminiscent of red wine production. 

As said, green grape varieties are used, often those local to the region. Thanks to contact with the grape skins and seeds, the wine becomes darker than "ordinary" white wines and depending on maturity and development, the colour varies from yellow to dark orange. Traditionally the fermentation usually takes place in some form of clay vessel that is either placed in a cellar or buried in the ground to keep the temperature down. The style also includes a long fermentation time - from a week up to years. Nowadays, often the “ordinary” equipment in the vinery is used, stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Orange wines have been described as robust and bold.

On the palate, they’re big, dry, and even have tannin like a red wine with also a sourness.

Just like great Barolo, truly great orange wines, have tension, lift and power. In a world full of blandness and uniformity, they are less the emperor’s new clothes, more the adventurer’s new playground.” - Simon Wolf

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