Orange - The fourth wine color

Welcome, dear wine lovers and explorers! You are here to learn more about a fascinating and increasingly popular type of wine: Orange Wine, also known as the fourth wine color. This wine, distinguished by its unique production and characteristic taste, has enriched and excited the wine world in recent years. Let's dive together into the world of Orange Wine and discover what makes it so special.

What is Orange Wine?

This wine is a fascinating example of how traditional methods and modern curiosity can lead to something truly unique.

Orange Wine, often referred to as the fourth wine color, differs from traditional white, red, and rosé wines. It is made from white grapes, but here the similarity with ordinary white wine ends. The key to its unique nature lies in the production process, especially in the extended maceration contact during fermentation.

Let me explain this a bit more: Normally, in the production of white wine, the grape skins are quickly removed after pressing. However, in Orange Wine, the skins – similar to red wine production – remain in contact with the juice for a longer period. This can range from a few days to several months. Through this process, more colorants (responsible for the orange to amber tint) and tannins (which give the wine structure and complexity) are extracted from the skins.

Interestingly, this method is by no means a modern invention. It has its roots in an ancient Georgian winemaking technique that dates back thousands of years. In Georgia, wines were traditionally made in large clay vessels, called Qvevris, buried in the ground. This process allowed for natural temperature control and a unique development of the wine.

The longer maceration time, characteristic of Orange Wine, results in a wine that is distinctly different from a typical white wine. It is often richer, more complex, and has a pronounced tannin structure, usually associated with red wines.

In the modern wine world, Orange Wine has found a niche, especially among lovers of natural, unconventional wines. It offers an exciting alternative and expands the spectrum of what we traditionally understand by wine. Whether you are an experienced wine lover or a curious newcomer, Orange Wine offers an exciting journey of discovery into the world of wines.

Taste and Characteristics

Orange Wine, which as mentioned is made from white grapes, differs significantly from conventional white wines. Its taste varies greatly, depending on the production method and origin. It is often described as complex and rich in flavors, with a longevity that sets it apart from other wines. Typical flavors you can find in an Orange Wine include dried fruits, honey, nuts, and tobacco. This variety of flavors arises from the extended contact of the grape skins with the juice during fermentation, which also gives it a creamy texture and astringent properties due to the tannins.

It is important to understand that many Orange Wines are organically or biodynamically produced, often with little to no addition of sulfur, yeast, or other additives. This leads to a more natural, sometimes unconventional taste experience. For some, the first sip may be unusual, and it may take some time and openness to get used to this unique taste.

I encourage you to approach Orange Wine with curiosity and openness. Take your time to explore the various flavors and textures. It is a journey of discovery that can expand and enrich your perception of wine. Every sip of Orange Wine is an opportunity to experience the complexity and diversity of this fascinating wine color.

  • Diverse: The taste of Orange Wine can vary greatly, depending on the production method and origin. It is often described as complex, rich in flavors, and long-lasting.
  • Flavors: Typical flavors can include dried fruits, honey, nuts, and tobacco. Orange Wines are often creamy and astringent due to the tannins from the skin.
  • Naturalness: Many Orange Wines are organically or biodynamically produced, with little to no addition of sulfur, yeast, or other additives.

Popularity and Trends of Orange Wines

The increasing popularity of Orange Wine worldwide, especially in the organic and biodynamic wine world, is a sign that we as a society are slowly but surely returning to our roots – to a time when nature and its processes were central. In Switzerland, as in other parts of the world, winemakers have joined this movement and are contributing to the spread and popularity of Orange Wine.

This type of wine symbolizes a return to traditional methods, where patience and respect for the natural development of the wine are paramount. The production of Orange Wine requires time and allows natural processes to run their course, often leading to unexpected and fascinating results. It is an approach that emphasizes the interaction between humans and nature and shows that the best results often occur when we allow nature to take its course.

In a world often focused on speed and efficiency, Orange Wine offers a reminder that some of the most valuable things need time to develop. This wine is not just a drink; it is a statement, a philosophy, and an invitation to view the world a little more slowly and appreciate the complexity and beauty that arise when we allow nature to work its magic.

Discover the Fourth Wine Color

I warmly invite you to dive with me into the fascinating world of Orange Wine. As a shop owner and passionate wine expert, I look forward to guiding you on an extraordinary journey of discovery that will elevate your understanding and appreciation of wine to a whole new level.

Orange Wine, often referred to as the fourth wine color, is a true enrichment to the traditional wine palette. It uniquely combines traditional production methods with modern interpretation and offers both connoisseurs and newcomers an exciting taste experience. These wines are not just a drink, but a story that tells of the passion and skill of the winemakers.

In our store in Vienna, you have the unique opportunity to personally taste and get to know these fascinating wines. We offer a carefully selected range of Orange Wines that will surely enchant you. Each wine is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered by you.

For a personal tasting, I warmly invite you to register by phone. I am happy to answer any questions and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for these extraordinary wines with you. Let's explore and enjoy the diversity and uniqueness of Orange Wine together.

I look forward to welcoming you to our store [Open Google Maps] and diving into the world of Orange Wine with you.

Warm regards,
Egon-Julius Berger
Shop Owner and Wine Expert