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Do orange wines really exist?
Orange wines get my attention when I was leafing through the magazine. And there was and add about "Festival of orange wines". Interesting. At first I thought that this is some kind of wine with taste and colour of orange. Nevertheless I searched about the orange wine and found that this is actually white wine. And recently became a fourth colour of wine.
Interesting enough for me to share my findings about orange wines with you. So just keep reading more to learn about the fourth colour of wine.
The fourth colour of wines!
Orange wine is white wine and represents a new category of wines (beside white, red and rose). The name probably got because of its intensive gold-orange colour. This white wine is produced with techniques for red wines. With another words winemakers leave freshly crushed grapes in contact with grape skins for couple of days, weeks or even months.
Orange wines are not new. They were produced by our ancestors but eventually this type of winemaking went into oblivion.
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How orange wine got a colour?
To get an orange colour winemakers separate wine grapes from the stems. Then they put wine grapes into a container and let that autochthonous yeast, those on peel, trigger a fermentation. This process is also known as maceration. In this process grape juice is boiling together with skin and seeds of the grapes. With longer maceration it is drawn more flavor. The skin (and seeds ) contains colour pigmentation and tannins. This is natural preservative which prolongs the life of wine.
Orange wines were not invented just recently however the name "orange wine" it was used a few years ago. Before those wines were known as macerated wines. The pioneers in the production of macerated wines are the winemakers from Collio (Italy). Now orange wine are produced by wine makers in Slovenia, Croatia, France and Germany.
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Organically produced wine
In Slovenian a few wine producers decided to produce wine in a completely organic wine. This means that entire process starting from organic grape production and ending with bottling the finished wine. Although some wine have certificat that they are organic wine it may not be completely true. In some cases the wine production is conventional which means use of enzymes, yeasts, cleaners and sulfur. Therefore the true organic wines are wines that do not use chemicals. And producing orange wines is a way how to produce a organic wine
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