Orange wine – what it is…

Orange wine? Yes, orange wine.
Just like the family of tastes (sweetness, sourness, saltiness and bitterness) has gained a new member – umami, orange wine became the fourth of the traditional wine colors – white, red and rosé.

The term “orange wine” is more or less new. It was formed by the Anglo-Saxons in order to exactly describe a group of wines made of white grapes which are left in contact with grape skins over a longer period of time (maceration). This is a procedure usually used for red wine production. At the same time it is a traditional procedure, for white wine used to be produced through prolonged maceration even long before.

This way more color pigments and tannins are eluted from the grape skins, which impart the wine with a deep color of old gold or amber. In some places, but mostly in Georgia, the term „amber wine“ is used for macerated white wine.




Orange Wine FestivalInternational festival of wines with prolonged maceration

The Orange Wine Festival (OWF) is a broadly conceived presentation of white wines, produced by the procedure of prolonged maceration.


Wine producers presenting their wine(s) at the Orange Wine Festival hereby confirm:

- The wine to be presented was produced from white grapes by prolonged maceration;
- The grapes used for the wine to be presented were produced possibly in a nature-friendly and sustainable way, under consideration of healthy environment as well as natural processes therein;
- The grapes used in the wine to be presented were picked manually;
- Vinification and other wine producing procedures were possibly spontaneous and natural, with as little oenological intervention as possible;
- Orange wine production did not include any procedures which aren't allowed in organic wine production in the EU (partial concentration by cooling, elimination of sulphur dioxide by physical process, electro dialyses, use of cation exchangers);
- Total sulphite content is as low as possible and doesn't exceed the half (75 mg/l) of the limit set by the EU for organic white wines (150 mg/l);


The compliance of the wine with the above criteria is examined by the Orange Wine Festival international expert committee (wine producers, OWF-representatives, external experts), led by Mr. Dario Prinčič (Collio, Italy) – one of the distinguished pioneers of the above wine production.

The wide international wine range will be complemented by a fine selection of culinary delicacies reflecting a similar philosophy. Among the master chefs to indulge you there will be renowned names of the European and global culinary art.

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