Orange Wine is made by leaving white wine in contact with the grape skin, giving some colour, and a depth of flavour similar to a red wine. The wines can be very dry and sometimes a little sour in taste. They are becoming very popular as something a little different. There are no oranges involved however!
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Solara Orange Wine
Refreshing like a white wine, with the complexity of red wine. This orange wine is made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the pressed juice, creating a deep orange-hued finish. This is a complex and structured wine, with elegant but discreet fruit flavours of stone fruits, backed up with a powerful tannin structure and long finish. A natural minimal intervention wine which is well balanced and structured yet pure and incredibly fresh.
Funkstille, Skin Contact
Now more than ever we need a little ‘Funkstille’ or radio silence in our lives.
A delightful blend of Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer and Muscat which offers up notes of ginger, white pepper and flowers, with an underlying hint of green tea and mandarin. Fabulous acidity, gentle tannic grip from the skins and generous fruit with every mouthful.
The winery is energy neutral, producing energy from their Biogas plant and a solar system. Sustainably certified by agroVet, they also produce their own fertiliser. They produce their own seeds to sew cover crops in the vineyards and use straw from the fields in the young vineyards to protect the vines from dry stress.
Olivier Cazenave et Château Bel A Ciao Orange Wine
98% Semillion with just a touch of Sauvignon Blanc added to enhance the freshness and acidity. Olivier Cazenave is the winemaker behind this experimental wine named after a revolutionary song, with roots in Northern Ireland but used as an anti-fascist song by the Italians in the 1940’s. A wild nose of tangerine, blossom and grassy notes, with an almost tropical palate of Sicilian lemons and Mediterannean herbs. A vibrant, energetic wine that pairs well with exotic spicy dishes or curry based foods.
Vaira Vincenzo Bianco
Fattoria di Vaira is one of the largest biodynamic farms in Italy. Here they cultivate vegetables, grains and cereals, and produce fresh cheeses, olive oil and honey. After several years of applying biodynamic practices, their soil has been restored, reaching a degree of purity similar to wild soil.
Chateau St Cyrgues Salamandre Orange
The Château Saint Cyrgues estate is located in the South of France, near Nîmes. It faces the Petite Camargue, one of the most beautiful sites in France, and the Mediterranean Sea. The estate is over a hundred years old, but keeps up with the times as it is certified organic.
This is a great orange wine with plenty of flavours of peach and summer fruits. Easy drinking, summery and delicious!
El Berrakin Blanco
A skin contact white wine from a very old variety, sourced from high vineyards in the heart of the Gredos mountains. Fuller-bodied for a white, with great mouthfeel and texture. Lots of great flavours of orchard fruit and florals, plus some sweeter notes, though a dry wine!
Baglio Bianco Catarrato
If you are not familiar with orange wines, then this is a great place to start! This little Sicilian wine offers all of the characteristics of natural, orange wine, rich, pithy fruit character, savoury herbs, ginger and spices. Ideal for curries and classic Sicilian dishes.
A skin contact wine of texture with delicious orange peel notes, which balance delightfully with the floral tones of the Moscatel grape.
Madlieri Rkatsiteli Mstvane
Herb and dried flower aromas lead to a concentrated palate with a chalky finish. Traditional Georgian orange wine that will be best with food.
Testalonga Baby Bandito Keep On Punching
A pure style of Chenin Blanc from nearly 50 year old vines that produce small clusters full of concentration and a high natural acidity. Lemon aromas and flavours with some peach, floral and flint notes. A very interesting wine for both lovers of natural wine and those new to the style.
Antonio Camillo Procanico Orange Wine
Wild floral sweet nose that could be confused with a delicate muscat. Golden colour due to skin maceration, very sweet tannins, full bodied and very tasty.
Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani
Founded in 2007, Pheasant’s Tears produces artisanal natural wines with ancient Georgian techniques, growing rare endemic grape varieties and harvesting with organic processes. Their name comes from a Georgian tale in which the hero claims that only a wine beyond measure could make a pheasant cry tears of joy, and with family winemakers that have been making wine for 8 generations as well as Georgia’s rich soil, Pheasant’s Tears strives to meet this standard.
A classically made orange wine with aromas of raw honey, walnuts and apricots which follow through onto the palate. A full bodied wine that’s quite versatile on the table but will stand up well with roasted chicken or even, duck and quail.
Bodegas Gratias Tardana Terra
Rich fruity aromas of orange peel, sugary fruits and hony follow through to the palate which smooths out to ripened summer fruits.
Testalonga El Bandito Cortez
Aromas of wild honey and freshly baked bread which contrast with its dry, very racy texture. Core flavours are remeniscent of Asian fruits with a minerality that comes through. Similar to Jura in style but distinctively New World. Fascinating Chenin showing how South Africa is becoming a very exciting country for natural wine with life and vigour!
Tillingham Qvevri Orange
Citrus peel and stone fruit lead onto a zesty, vibrant palate.
A salty, smokey orange wine from a tiny biodynamic vineyard in Neusiedlersee, eastern Austria. Rülander is an alternative name for Pinot Gris, this is slightly herby and one for fans of natural wines.