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Orange wine has reappeared in cellars, on the market and in restaurants since the 2000s and is beginning to be appreciated by wine lovers. It arouses the curiosity of consumers and producers by its original colour. Today we introduce you to this appellation of "orange wine" which may surprise some people. Zoom on this wine with 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 BC. This technique originated in Georgia and is still practiced there 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 or Australia now use this technique, which is more than 6,000 years old!

A wine halfway between red and white.

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This process requires a special use of grapes: in orange wines, whole grapes are used in the fermentation process, whereas in white wines the grapes are pressed and only the juice is fermented. In the case of orange wines, the juice from white grape varieties macerates with the skin, and the pips, for a period ranging from one day to several months. It is the polyphenols and anthocyane contained in the grape skin that give the orange colour and are at the origin of the wine's aromas. It is also for this reason that we can say that orange wine, like red wine, is a tannic wine. In other words, the 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 the grapes, skins and juice is done in vats or barrels but especially in amphoras which can be buried and sealed. These terracotta pots are called "Kyevris". Depending on the length of contact with the skin, depending on the maceration, the taste of the wine may vary, but it is undeniable that this hybrid wine possesses both the mineral aromas and acidity of white wines and the texture and tannins of red wines.

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Orange wine maceration in the "Kyevris" buried underground

Although orange wine is in vogue and attracts both producers and consumers, it is still a minority product. It is therefore a daring and daring experience to get into as quickly as possible: wine drinkers or amateurs, it's up to you to try your hand at orange wine!

Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky

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