‘Orange wine’, what inspires you? If you are unfamiliar with the term you may find that what most will think is a wine made from oranges. It is true that in some cases orange wines are made to which orange peels are added to flavor them, but that is not the reason why it has that name, but its amber color, which is obtained by its particular way of production. These wines are trending, especially in northern European countries, but the truth is that they have a long tradition. We give you details!
Orange wines are actually white wines, but their color has a light orange hue because their elaboration process is the same as if we were elaborating a red wine.
The fundamental step that changes in the elaboration between a white and a red is the maceration of the wine with the skin. The color is extracted from the skin, since the must, which is the grape juice, is always a light yellow color. If we are making a white, we remove that skin as soon as we extract the must, however, if we are making an orange wine, we will put a macerate of that must with the skins. No matter how long we leave, we will never reach the color of a red wine and the reason is simple, we are working with white grape skins, and their ability to provide color is minimal. However, the color of our white wine will evolve and amber tones will be generated, becoming an ‘orange wine’ .
In the case of our first orange wine, 1564 Natural White, fermentation, which is the process by which the must becomes wine, has been carried out at a controlled temperature, between 16ºC-18ºC. We have traced the wine daily to encourage the liquid and the skin to have more contact and to be able to extract the colored skins and the characteristic fresh and citrus aromas they provide.
After fermentation, the wine has spent two more months in its skins, with a slight daily pumping over. This has allowed us, in addition, a better extraction and small contribution of tannin, which is the greatest peculiarity in this type of elaboration.
Do you dare with ‘orange wines’? We suggest you try 1564 Natural White, which in addition to orange is a natural, organic wine, with no added sulfites and vegan. Does anyone give more?