Orange wine Gérard Bertrand

The orange wine, an original organic wine dating back to the origins of the first wines.

Also called amber wine, orange wine is a special type of wine that deserves attention. Little known, orange wine is considered the fourth most common colour of wine, after red, white and rosé.

 

Gérard Bertrand, as a lover of terroirs and wines of character, wishes to bring this historic wine up to date, thanks in particular toOrange Gold, an organic-labelled orange wine with a beautiful freshness, light tannins and subtle natural acidity.

 

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What is orange wine?

If we were to give a simple definition of orange wine, we could say that it is a white wine vinified like a red wine.

 

Indeed, like white wine, orange wine is produced from white grapes.

 

The special feature of the orange wine design is that the grape juice is left in contact for a certain period of time with the skins, pips and stalks (the framework of the bunch).

 

During this maceration phase, the tannins become concentrated and the characteristic amber-yellow colour of the orange wine appears.

 

Just like other types of wine, an orange wine can come from traditional, organic or biodynamic agriculture (What is an organic wine? / What is a biodynamic wine?).

 

The AB label and the Demeter label make it easy to identify the most environmentally friendly wines. These labels, a guarantee of quality, are obtained after being certified and controlled by independent bodies, and clearly identify wines that comply with the specifications of organic and biodynamic agriculture.

 

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The origins of orange wine

What is often misunderstood is that orange wine is the very origin of wine.

 

Indeed, the first wines, which were probably orange wine, were produced in the Caucasus (the region separating Europe and Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea) more than 8000 years ago.

 

It is in Georgia, the cradle of viticulture, that we find the oldest traces of winemaking. The Georgian people used to let white wines macerate and age in buried amphorae.

 

This little historical point allows us to twist the neck on a preconceived idea: it was neither the Romans nor the Greeks who invented wine.

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What are the qualities of an orange wine?

An orange wine is (all the more so if it comes from organic or biodynamic agriculture) a wine of character, tannic, with very present aromas.

 

Although each orange wine has its own characteristics, orange wines are distinguished by their subtle and complex structures while being balanced with a nice presence of tannins.

 

The colour is luminous and is on a palette ranging from pale yellow to amber.

 

One of the main characteristics of an orange wine is its freshness and light acidity.

 

Orange wine is a very dry wine, which allows it not to devote too much space to sugar and alcohol.

 

Being categorized as a tannic wine, an orange wine can accompany an entire meal, from aperitif to dessert.

 

Its specific taste will surprise (in a good way) the lovers of more "classic" wines.

 

Compared to white wine (discover the Gérard Bertrand white wine collection), which is the colour of wine that most resembles it, orange wine has more powerful aromas, while being more digestible.

 

Possessing a beautiful natural acidity, orange wines are nevertheless less acidic than white wines.

 

Finally, the orange wines have, thanks to their high tannins, a good ageing potential.

 

Find out more about the different types of wine:

 

Organic wine

Organic rosé wine

Demeter biodynamic wine

 

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