The rise of Orange Wine

We are all familiar with White Wine, Red Wine and Rosé. But increasingly so, I have been noticing a new segment on some cool restaurants wine lists titled … Orange Wine??

I am pretty new to the wine game admittedly, but Orange wine seemed determined to be part of my life because it kept popping up in conversation, at restaurants and on my feed so I decided to find out what it was all about. 

What is Orange Wine? (also known as skin contact wine) 

It’s a type of white wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice, creating a deep orange-hued finished product.

The Taste?

Apparently it can vary from tasting like Kombucha to a cider 

Is this a new thing?

The process of making Orange wine is ancient, but the reinvigoration of this process has only resurfaced in the last 20 odd years. It has just become popular in LA restaurants in the last year so expect to see New Zealand picking up on the trend soon. 

Who makes the best Orange Wine?

Most orange winemaking can be found in northeastern Italy, along the border of Slovenia. 

What did I think? 

I have now tried a few of the different available Orange wines. If you are a kombucha fan then I highly recommend it. If your toes tend to curl at the thought of kombucha then maybe Orange wine isn’t for you. I would at least try a mild one if the opportunity presents itself. The Too Kool To Be Hip orange wine is my favourite so far.





Kimberley Crossman

Kimberley Crossman is a kiwi actress, author, and presenter. Oh and you are currently on her website reading a blog she has written.