Everyone is talking about orange wine, but what is it?
Orange wine has been around for a very long time, but has only been the talk of the town for a few years. Especially in Georgia, orange wine has been produced for centuries. To explain what orange wine is and how it is made we must start with a little known truth.
What many people do not know is that the juice of red grapes is white.
Red wine gets its color not from the juice, but from the mash, the mixture of everything that is not juice when pressed: skins and seeds. Sometimes you see French wines labeled "Blanc de Noir," meaning "white from black" - by which is meant a white-colored wine made from red wine grapes. Champagne, for example, which is usually white, is almost always made from a significant proportion of Pinot Noir, also known as Pinot Noir. So red wine gets its color during fermentation, where juice and mash are stored in large tanks, and the yeast begins to feed on the sugar, producing alcohol. By the way, rosé wine is also made from red wine grapes, but the mash is simply not left on the juice for as long.
And what does this have to do with orange wine?
In the production of white wine, the mash is not left on the juice during fermentation. When it is, it is orange wine. That's why orange wine is darker than white wine, because the skins of white grapes, just like the reds, give off color. But there are big differences in how long the mash is left on the juice before it is removed and the juice continues to ferment on its own. Many winemakers in Germany and France leave the wine on the mash for 5-14 days, while in Georgia 6 months is not uncommon. This also affects the taste and consistency. Orange wines tend to be stronger, more mineral and have a more intense flavor than white wines.
Fun fact: Wine made from oranges apparently also exists
After a little research, we found out that wine can also be made from oranges. This will probably not be available at Wildwein for the time being.