• Henry Mchedlishvili

What Is Orange Wine?

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

This wine acquires it's name because of the colour of the wine rather than it's contents. The amber coloured wine is produced by applying the same wine making method as red wine but using white grapes - the skins are left on during fermentation which produce tannins, thus making the wine appear the amber colour.

If you have never heard of this wine, that's all right, since the wine trend is still relatively new. However, London's top wine restaurants already have amber wine on their wine lists.

Besides the colour, the natural, organic process of making wine gives an interesting nuance of flavour, a mature savoury element which makes this wine a great choice for pairing with foods.

Tannins can smell quite funky, cider scent and smell of fruit when made using traditional wine-making techniques (fermented with the grapes natural yeasts and having no added sulphites or filtration)

First timers should start with the less challenging wines, like the ones recommended here. Having an open mind so as to be seduced by the charms of this wine type in the summer time.

The segregation layers of making orange wine

This wine is made from white wine varieties that have spent some maceration time in skin contact with the white grape skins.

The skin contact tradition method in Georgia (known for it 8000 years of wine making)  is to leave the grapes macerating for around 6 months, with the all seeds and skin together to do the natural work of making the wine. 

Traditional methods of making wine shows that white wine is made by pressing grapes and immediately transferring the juice to a fermentation vessel, red wine ferments the juice, skins and seeds all together.

Newcomers to these drinks according to the sun are finding it difficult to find these on the supermarket shelves, searches for Orange wine Aldi, wine Tesco and wine Waitrose with having to search deeper to find a good supplier.

Henry at Henry's Wines  has travelled to Georgia in search of the best winery that produces natural orange wines. Finding the best ones for you and bringing them back to the UK. These are now stocked in his online shop and ready for safe delivery to your doorstep.

Orange wine is good with rich and fatty dishes (they are perfect with roast pork or anything deep-fried) while their depth of flavour sits really well with North African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Korean spices, as well as with Eastern European cuisines.

There's often a flavour of quince about orange wines that makes it a natural match for eastern Mediterranean and middle-eastern, especially Georgian, food. (Many of them are, of course, produced in Georgia.) Here are the ingredients and types of dishes I think pair with this wine best - many of which often appear in conjunction with each other Think roast aubergine, grilled aubergine, any kind of smoky aubergine like baba ghanoush.

Walnuts which really need a category of their own though this aubergine and walnut dish may be the perfect wine pairing More savoury than fishy and deeply umami and on those grounds perfect with this wine.

Each wine tastes different depending on grape variety and method of manufacture, but all have a greater depth and richness than normal white wines .

"There is something shocking about amber wine, I can't deny it"

Recent research shows that interest in amber wine is booming, with searches increasing by over 400% since this time last year.

Henrys Wines have a large selection of Georgian wines including orange wine which has been made in the UK at Henry's Marani in Plumpton.

Orange wine is named because of its colour rather than it's contents. It is not made with oranges, it is made from white grapes that are processed using the red wine methods of wine making, that create tannins that give the orange colour to the white wine. Orange wines are fairly new products to the wine industry but the growth of interest in amber wine is booming. Top London restaurants have some orange wines on their wine lists now. Shops and supermarkets are catching up. Henry's wines have amber, orange wines that are imported from Georgia which is known as the birthplace of traditional wine making.

Have you tried orange wine yet? If you have then let us know in the comments below.