A Celebration of a Unique Vinicultural Treasure

Every year, on the 6th of October, wine enthusiasts worldwide partake in a delightful ritual – celebrating National Orange Wine Day. Yet, don’t be misled by the name; this is not the nectar of oranges but a captivating category of wine that beckons with its enigmatic allure. National Orange Wine Day commemorates a style of wine made from white grape varieties, where the fruit’s skins remain a crucial part of the winemaking process, yielding a captivating hue and an extraordinary taste profile. While this wine may not be the most familiar choice at your local wine store or the go-to selection at your favorite wine bar, it is a vinicultural treasure with roots stretching back thousands of years.

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The Birth of National Orange Wine Day

National Orange Wine Day, established in 2018 by the “National Day Registry,” aims to raise awareness about this fascinating, lesser-known wine. While it may not be a staple at your local liquor store or your favorite wine bar just yet, orange wine boasts a rich history that stretches back thousands of years.

Wine scholars suggest that the origins of orange wine can be traced to Georgia, Europe, around 6000 B.C. Notably, Georgia is also considered the birthplace of wine itself. Over the millennia, orange wine faded into obscurity. However, a revival of interest began about two decades ago, as wine connoisseurs worldwide rediscovered this extraordinary type of wine.


Unveiling the Technique: Skin-Contact Wine

The technical term for orange wine is “skin-contact wine,” and it derives its name from the unique technique used in its production. Much like other popular wine styles such as red, white, sparkling, and rosé, orange wine is crafted from grapes – specifically white wine grapes. The key difference lies in how the grapes are treated during the winemaking process.

In white wine production, the grapes’ skins are removed, resulting in the clear and often pale appearance of the final product. In contrast, red wine is produced by fermenting grapes with their skins on, which imparts the color and tannins that characterize this wine. Rosé, on the other hand, is created by allowing the grape skins to interact with the juice for a shorter duration, resulting in its signature pink hue.

Orange wines, or skin-contact wines, take a unique path. They are made from white grapes, but the grape skins are left intact during fermentation. This extended contact with the skins imbues the wine with tannic qualities and a deeper color. While many orange wines have a golden-yellow hue, some exhibit a vivid amber shade, making them distinct and visually captivating.



Celebrating National Orange Wine Day: How to Enjoy this Unique Beverage

1. Sip and Savor Orange Wine with Friends
One of the most enjoyable ways to commemorate National Orange Wine Day is to gather your friends and embark on a quest to find a bottle of orange wine. Scour your nearby liquor stores, trendy wine shops, or even the wine lists of local restaurants and bars to find this hidden gem. Orange wine offers a unique tasting experience, characterized by its golden to amber hue, and a flavor profile that ranges from tannic to fruity and often displays notes of dried fruits, nuts, and a hint of earthiness. It’s a wine that can ignite fascinating conversations and create memorable moments with your buddies.

2. Craft Your Own Orange Wine
If the quest to find orange wine in your area proves challenging, why not take matters into your own hands and make your own? Winemaking is not only an art but also an incredibly rewarding hobby. With numerous online resources at your disposal, including Masterclasses, blogs, and YouTube tutorials, you can embark on a DIY winemaking journey. You’ll need white wine grapes, a little patience, and a sense of adventure. Crafting your own orange wine can be a fun and educational experience, allowing you to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into winemaking.

3. Embark on a Vineyard Adventure
Another way to celebrate National Orange Wine Day is by embarking on a vineyard adventure. Plan a weekend getaway with your loved ones and head to a picturesque vineyard. There, you can immerse yourself in the world of wine, breathe in the fragrant scents of vineyard life, and discover the nuances of different wine styles. As you explore the vineyard, don’t hesitate to try wines you’ve never heard of before, including various skin-contact and orange wines. Engage in captivating conversations with winemakers, who can provide insights into the winemaking process and the unique qualities of orange wine. Visiting a vineyard is not only an enjoyable outing but also an educational experience that allows you to appreciate the craftsmanship behind every bottle.


The Perfect Culinary Companions for Orange Wine

When it comes to pairing food with orange wine, the possibilities are both diverse and delightful. Orange wines typically exhibit a dry profile with hints of tannin and a more substantial mouthfeel than their white counterparts. This unique combination of characteristics makes them an ideal companion for a wide range of cuisines. While they offer more robust flavors than white wine, they are less intense than bold, tannic reds, creating a harmonious balance that can elevate your dining experience.

For a perfect match, consider bold and savory dishes. Strong cheeses, charcuterie, and terrines are excellent choices, allowing the complex flavors of orange wine to shine. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, explore Moroccan cuisine with its cumin, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, and saffron spices, which resonate beautifully with the wine’s distinct character. Indian curries, savory Spanish-style tapas, and grilled meats or fish also form delightful partnerships with orange wine, creating an exquisite culinary symphony that tantalizes the taste buds. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or seeking to enhance your dining experience at a restaurant, orange wine offers a world of gastronomic possibilities, making it a versatile and enjoyable choice for any occasion.


In the world of wine, orange wine stands out as a versatile and captivating choice, offering a distinctive flavor profile that complements a wide range of culinary creations. With its dryness, hints of tannin, and substantial mouthfeel, orange wine finds itself perfectly poised between the lightness of white wine and the boldness of tannic reds. This positioning opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to pairing it with food.


National Orange Wine Day F&Q

1. What is orange wine, and how does it differ from other types of wine?

Orange wine is made from white grapes fermented with their skins, resulting in a dry wine with a more substantial mouthfeel. It sits between white wine and tannic reds, offering a unique balance of flavors and textures.

2. What kind of food pairs well with orange wine?

Orange wine complements bold and robust flavors. Ideal pairings include strong cheeses, charcuterie, Moroccan dishes with cumin, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, and saffron spices, Indian curries, savory Spanish-style tapas, and grilled meats or fish.

3. Can I pair orange wine with lighter dishes, or is it best suited for rich and heavy fare?

While orange wine pairs exceptionally well with bold and rich dishes, it is versatile enough to complement a variety of cuisines. Lighter dishes with complex flavors can also be enhanced by the nuanced characteristics of orange wine.

4. What makes orange wine a good choice for pairing with food?

Orange wine's unique combination of dryness, tannins, and a fuller mouthfeel makes it an excellent companion for a broad spectrum of culinary creations. It adds depth and intrigue to the dining experience.

5. Can I serve orange wine at a formal dinner or special occasion?

Absolutely! Orange wine's versatility and distinctive character make it a suitable choice for formal dinners, special occasions, or any gathering where you want to elevate the dining experience.

6. Where can I find orange wine to try with these food pairings?

You can find orange wine at specialty wine shops, restaurants with diverse wine lists, and select liquor stores. If you're unable to locate it, consider reaching out to local wineries or exploring online retailers that offer a wide selection of wines.

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