So, orange wine?

Orange wine AKA amber wine. The colour comes from the process, not the ingredients (= it’s made from grapes not oranges). It’s pretty unique and very great. 


It’s a white wine with tannins. Tannins give flavour and colour. Tannins come from the grape skins / stems / seeds being chucked in with the juice when you start fermenting. It’s called skin-contact. Some people call it maceration. It can last from 1 hour to 1 year. Or longer. 

It comes in all shades. From bright banana-yellow to dark rust-orange. The taste and smell varies depending on what white grapes are used and how much skin-contact happened.

These are some flavours and smells you might get: almond, honey, white pepper, braised apple, tropical fruit, hazelnut, orange rind, sourdough, cider. 

Lots of countries make it, but it was first made in Georgia 8000 years ago.

You could say that orange is to white, what red is to rose (= loads better).

Lucy Hewitt