What is Orange Wine?
Is orange wine made from oranges?
No, orange wine is not made from oranges. The name is somewhat of a misnomer. It’s actually known as a skin-contact wine made by macerating white wine grapes with their skins and seeds, often in large cement or ceramic vessels, creating an orange-hued wine. Depending upon how long the juice ferments with the skins and seeds (anywhere from a few hours to over a year) determines how vibrant its color will be. This skin-contact fermentation also gives the wine tannic structure and more red wine-like characteristics, while maintaining the acidity of a white wine. It’s considered a very natural way of winemaking, dating back 5,000–6,000 years to modern-day Georgia (previously the Republic of Georgia), where amber wines were fermented in subterranean vessels called Qvevri [Kev-ree].
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