What is Orange Wine?

Although no oranges are involved in the making of this wine, Orange wine (sometimes called skin-contact wine) is made from white wine grapes where the grape skins are left in contact, typically in white wine production skins are removed, with the juice for days or even months.

The process of orange wine making is very natural that uses little to no additives, sometimes no yeast. Because of all this, they taste very different from regular white wines and have a sour taste and nuttiness from oxidation.  From cloudy lemon to dark amber, orange wine can vary drastically in colour.

Orange wines have been described as robust and bold, with honeyed aromas of jack fruit (a fleshy tropical fruit), hazelnut, Brazil nut, bruised apple, wood varnish, linseed oil, juniper, sourdough, and dried orange rind. Due to their boldness, orange wines pair excellently well with equally bold foods, including curry dishes, Moroccan cuisine, Ethiopian cuisine, Korean dishes with fermented kimchi, and traditional Japanese cuisine, including fermented soybeans. Due to the high phenolic content (tannin and bitterness) and the nutty tartness they exhibit, orange wines pair with a wide variety of meats, ranging from beef to fish.

With more on the way, buy our orange wine here!