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2 Minute Guide ➺ Orange Wine

2 Minute Guide ➺ Orange Wine

A historical wine style that's made a modern resurgence. Despite what the name might suggest, orange wine isn't made from oranges nor is it made from any orange grapes. An orange wine is a wine that's made from white grapes, but made using red-wine techniques AKA fermenting the grape juice together with the grape skins. This gives the wine its texture and deep-amber colour.

THE GUIDE

HISTORY
In places like Georgia, they used to use big amphorae called qvevri that were buried in the ground and here they would leave the finished wine in contact with the grape skins for anything up to 12 or 18 months. And get really deep amber-coloured wines.

REGIONS
These orange wines started to come back into the limelight, thanks to two winemakers named Josko Gravner and Stanislao Radikon, both in the northeast of Italy, who started making orange wines in the late 90s. Since then, this style has spread throughout Italy, throughout Europe and then the rest of the world.

Here in Australia, the rise in popularity of orange wine really went hand-in-hand with natural winemaking.
So it's not just about the fact that you're using a combination of grape skins and grape juice in the fermentation, but actually when it comes down to the farming, using no kind of pesticides or insecticides in the vineyards, sustainably, organically farming and also in the winery, no additions and not adding yeast or not adding any water or acid and really trying to make a true example of either the varieties or where they're grown.

VARIETIES
Normally aromatic grape varieties, things like Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Riesling tend to work really well as orange wines. You just get a lot more intensity in terms of the aromatics and for that reason they pair really, really well with food.
“Two winemakers named Josko Gravner and Stanislao Radikon, both in the northeast of Italy, started making orange wines in the late 90s. Since then, this style has spread throughout Italy, throughout Europe and then the rest of the world.”

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Golden Child Tropicana White Blend 2022
$28.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Golden Child - Tropicana White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
Radikon Ribolla Riserva 3781 Ribolla Giallo 500mL 2007
$320.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Radikon - Ribolla Riserva 3781 Ribolla Giallo 500mL 2007 Orange Wine
MDI Picolit 2022
$28.00
Lo-fi / Natural
MDI - Picolit 2022 Orange Wine
MDI Grillo 2022
$30.00
Lo-fi / Natural
MDI - Grillo 2022 Orange Wine
Brash Higgins ZBO Amphora Zibbibo 2022
$42.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Brash Higgins - ZBO Amphora Zibbibo 2022 Orange Wine
Sven Joschke L'Ambre Muscat A Petits Blanc/Semillon 2023
$33.00
Progressive
Sven Joschke - L'Ambre Muscat A Petits Blanc/Semillon 2023 Orange Wine
Jamsheed Fiallo Fiano/Moscato Giallo 2022
$34.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Jamsheed - Fiallo Fiano/Moscato Giallo 2022 Orange Wine
Delinquente Jaybird Macerato 2023
$25.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Delinquente - Jaybird Macerato 2023 Orange Wine
Good Intentions Wine Co. Relatively White Blend 2022
$35.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Good Intentions Wine Co. - Relatively White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
FIN Speedo Gris Pinot Gris 2023
$32.00
Lo-fi / Natural
FIN - Speedo Gris Pinot Gris 2023 Orange Wine
FIN Mahady Roussanne 2022
$32.00
Lo-fi / Natural
FIN - Mahady Roussanne 2022 Orange Wine
Hughes & Hughes Equinox White Blend 2022
$38.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Hughes & Hughes - Equinox White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
Good Intentions Wine Co. Gris Diddly Dee Pinot Gris 2022
$32.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Good Intentions Wine Co. - Gris Diddly Dee Pinot Gris 2022 Orange Wine
Cantina Blanca White Blend 2022
$28.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Cantina - Blanca White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
Fumey Chatelain Vin Jaune Arbois Savagnin 2016
$195.00
Traditional
Fumey Chatelain - Vin Jaune Arbois Savagnin 2016 Orange Wine
Ghost Rock Supernatural Cellar Rat Gewürztraminer / Pinot Gris 2022
$34.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Ghost Rock - Supernatural Cellar Rat Gewürztraminer / Pinot Gris 2022 Orange Wine
Ghost Rock Supernatural Psycho White Blend 2023
$34.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Ghost Rock - Supernatural Psycho White Blend 2023 Orange Wine
Unico Zelo Esoterico White Blend 2022
$25.00
Progressive
Unico Zelo - Esoterico White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
Późno Slowpoke Pinot Grigio 2022
$38.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Późno - Slowpoke Pinot Grigio 2022 Orange Wine
Geyer Skins Riesling 2022
$43.00
Progressive
Geyer - Skins Riesling 2022 Orange Wine
La Petite Mort Qvevri Gentil Muscat / Gewürztraminer 2021
$38.00
Progressive
La Petite Mort - Qvevri Gentil Muscat / Gewürztraminer 2021 Orange Wine
La Petite Mort Qvevri Viognier / Marsanne / Roussanne 2021
$38.00
Progressive
La Petite Mort - Qvevri Viognier / Marsanne / Roussanne 2021 Orange Wine
White Gate Wine Co Ramekin Amphora Semillon 2023
$34.00
Progressive
White Gate Wine Co - Ramekin Amphora Semillon 2023 Orange Wine
Worlds Apart Wines Hope Forest Sauvignon Blanc 2023
$34.00
Progressive
Worlds Apart Wines - Hope Forest Sauvignon Blanc 2023 Orange Wine
Giovino Orange Cataratto Lucido 2022
$35.00
Progressive
Giovino - Orange Cataratto Lucido 2022 Orange Wine
Alpha Box & Dice Yolk Semillon 500mL 2018
$50.00
Progressive
Alpha Box & Dice - Yolk Semillon 500mL 2018 Orange Wine
Serragghia di Giotto & Gabrio Bianco Zibibbo 2021
$180.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Serragghia di Giotto & Gabrio - Bianco Zibibbo 2021 Orange Wine
Taschini Skinsy White Blend 2022
$33.00
Progressive
Taschini - Skinsy White Blend 2022 Orange Wine
Latta Rattlesnake Blanc Contact 2023
$39.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Latta - Rattlesnake Blanc Contact 2023 Orange Wine
Latta Ex Nihilo Pinot Gris 2023
$39.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Latta - Ex Nihilo Pinot Gris 2023 Orange Wine
Whip Wines Amber Semillon 2023
$32.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Whip Wines - Amber Semillon 2023 Orange Wine
Jean Bouteille Al Dente Chardonnay 2023
$36.00
Lo-fi / Natural
Jean Bouteille - Al Dente Chardonnay 2023 Orange Wine
Sherrah Skin Party Fiano 2020
$33.00
Progressive
Sherrah - Skin Party Fiano 2020 Orange Wine
Italian Plastic Blush Ramato Pinot Grigio 2024
$25.00
Progressive
Italian Plastic - Blush Ramato Pinot Grigio 2024 Orange Wine