Orange or Amber Wine

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  • Georgia
  • Slovenia
  • Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
  • Spain
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • USA (California)
  • Australia
  • South Africa


  • Orange or Amber wine is very in right now, it usually makes people happy just seeing it though taste wise is not everyone’s cup of wine as many of the orange wines can be classified as natural wines, the taste can be a bit more potent and less commercial


  • Decanting: optional, around 20-30 min
  • Serve at: 13 °C (55 °F)
  • Glass type: universal


  • Asia food, fermented food like kimchi, spicy dishes, curry, wasabi, chicken, fish, mushrooms
  • Hard cheeses like Pecorino, Parmesan, Comté

What is Orange Wine

Orange wine or Amber wine as it is called in Georgia, is a wine that is made from white grapes but in the same way as red wine, i.e leaving the skins on during fermentation. While in the process of making white wine there is very little contact between the skins and the grapes, in the case of Orange wine, the grapes will be fermented with their skins on for anything from 1 week and up to a year. The resulting wine will not only have a much more amber or intense golden colour but it will also be more complex and higher in tannin. Orange wine can be made from different grape varieties for example Pinot Grigio especially in Italy called Ramato or Rkatsiteli which is a white grape primarily found in Georgia.

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Orange wine in Georgia

Where Orange Wine Comes From

Although it seems like a new phenomenon, Orange wine is by no means new, in fact it is ancient and dates back to 6000 B.C produced in what today we call Georgia.

Georgia is also assumed to be the birthplace of wine in general and has one of the highest numbers of grapevines with more than 500 out of around 4000 in the world.

Traditionally this wine was fermented in egg-shaped clay vessels called qvevri which where buried in the ground to keep the wine cool. Today this method has crossed the borders of Georgia and is now used in the production of Orange wine in Italy, Greece, Slovenia, France and other places around the world.

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Georgian Qvevri

Georgia still remains one of the biggest qvevri producers where the technique is passed on from generation to generation and involves manually building the clay vessels which can be of different sizes and then firing them up for around 3 days in order to dry the clay after which the insides are waxed to prevent the underground humidity from getting into the vessel. Once the wines undergo fermentation, the qvevri is covered (in the ancient time it was sealed with beeswax) and the wine is left to age.

Not all Orange wines are made in qvevri especially outside of Georgia. Egg shaped concrete and stainless steel vessels or oak barrels can also be used.

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Rkatsiteli Qvevri


  • Producer: Askaneli Brother
  • Region: Georgia, Kakheti
  • Blend: 100% Rkatsiteli
  • Alcohol content: 13%
  • Tasting notes: dry, crisp, medium body fruity with notes of apple, honey, apricots, orange
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  • Country and region: Greece, Macedonia
  • Producer: Domaine Ligas
  • Blend: Roditis
  • Alcohol content: 14%
  • Tasting notes: mineral, raw, acidic, long finish, notes of citrus and honey.
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Logan Clementine

Pinot Gris, 2019

  • Country and region: Australia, New South Wales, Orange
  • Producer: Logan Wines
  • Blend: 100% Pinot Gris 
  • Alcohol content: 13%
  • Tasting notes: citrus, sweet orange, grapefruit, strawberries, honey, rich in flavour and fruit, fresh with medium acidity
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Orange wine, 2020

  • Country and region: Georgia, Kakheti
  • Producer: Kindzmarauli Marani
  • Blend: 40% Mtsvane, 40% Rkatsiteli, 10% Khikhvi, 10% Kisi.
  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Tasting notes: spice, apricot, herbs, apple, tannic, medium body