We love this fascinating and venerable style of winemaking. Essentially white wines made as if they were reds – the grape skins are left in contact with the juice as it ferments, and sometimes as it matures as well, orange wine can be utterly thrilling and unique when well executed.
Here’s a selection of articles and tasting notes on some favourite orange wines. Check out Simon’s major Decanter feature for a general primer and some of the backstory.
Channing Daughters’ Long Island Ribolla Gialla Ribolla Gialla isn’t a grape variety you find much in the US, but this skin fermented example from Channing Daughters in Long Island is a convincing effort.
Matej Skerlj shows the elegance of Vitovska The wonderful skin macerated Vitovska from Skerlj isn’t just a great wine, it’s also a demonstration of how different this region is from its Friuli-Venezia-Giulia neighbours.
Another religious experience – Coenobium Ruscum Religious orders are always good for tasty, traditionally made beverages. Simon reviews the latest vintage of Coenobium from the Cistercian nuns at Vitorchiano.
A religious experience – Ruth Lewandowski Chilion Simon encounters a gender bending orange wine from the Ruth Lewandowski estate in Utah, USA. And it’s probably good for your soul too!
Wines of the cosmos – Zorjan Simon gets to grips with the cosmic properties of Zorjan’s excellent amphora-fermented wines
What dreams are made of – Le Vignoble du Rêveur Simon is super impressed with Mathieu Deiss’s newish solo project Le Vignoble du Rêveur – and in particular three skin macerated white wines.
Supermarket surprise – Hofer Orange 2017 Austrian supermarket chain Hofer (AKA Aldi) isn’t the first place one expects to find an orange wine for sale. But Waldherr’s “Orange” Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was on the shelves in December.
Eymann Gewürztraminer MDG #3 Almost every week, Simon selects an orange wine (a white wine made with extended skin contact) that grabbed his attention. View the whole series here. Germany isn’t a country that’s taken quickly to the orange wine trend. Compared to neighbouring Austria, which has produced a large and ever increasing number of top macerated white wines over the last decade, ...
Dom Bliskowice Johanniter Ultra 2016 Poland doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, either with food or wine. Ignorance too often clouds the landscape. I was recently on a train to Warsaw eavesdropping as four Brits struggled to come up with a single dish other than vodka. And when it comes to Polish wine, it’s fair to say it does not ...
Refinement and classicism in Mlečnik Ana One of the more popular questions I get asked in masterclasses is “how many days of maceration is necessary before a white wine becomes an orange wine?” Mlečnik Ana is a great way to answer this question.