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Orange wine has reappeared in cellars, markets and restaurants since the 2000s and is beginning to be popular with wine lovers. It arouses the curiosity of consumers and producers with its original colour. Today we are introducing you to this appellation of "orange wine" which may surprise some people. Focus on this wine with its original characteristics!

A not so new wine!

Origine vin orange en Géorgie - Les Grappes
Orange wine origin in Georgia

Indeed, the winemaking technique used for these wines dates back to 4000 years BC. This technique originated in Georgia and is still used today. It has therefore survived over time and spread first to the borders of Italy and then throughout the world, since countries such as the United States and Australia now use this technique, which is more than 6000 years old!

A wine halfway between red and white

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This process requires a particular use of the grapes: indeed, for orange wines, whole grapes are used in the fermentation process, while for white wines the grapes are pressed and only the juice is put into fermentation. In the case of orange wines, the juice from white grape varieties macerates with the skin and seeds for a period of between one day and several months. It is the polyphenols and anthocyanins contained in the grape skin that give this orange colour, and are at the origin of the wine's aromas. It is also for this reason that we can affirm that orange wine, like red wine, is a tannic wine. In other words, orange wine would be a white wine vinified in the same way as a red wine.

Orange wine: the product of vinification by maceration

For the vinification of orange wines, the method of maceration borrows from the ancient practice of Georgia. The maceration of grapes, skins and juices is done in vats or barrels but especially in amphoras that can be buried and sealed. These clay pots are called "Kyevris". Depending on the length of contact with the skin, depending on maceration, the taste of the wine may vary, but it is undeniable that this hybrid wine has both the mineral aromas, and the acidity of white wines and the texture and tannins of red wines.

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Maceration of orange wine in the "Kyevris" buried underground

Although it is up to date, and attracts producers and consumers, orange wine nevertheless remains a minority. It is therefore a bold and audacious experience in which you must get started as soon as possible: wine drinkers or amateurs, it is up to you to try orange wine! Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky

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