Orange Wine (not made with oranges) is also often called “Skin Contact Wine.” This ancient wine making style takes white wine and keeps the grape skins, stems, and seeds in with the juice during fermentation. This imparts an orange tint to the wine.
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The process of making Orange wine is ancient, but the reinvigoration of this process has only resurfaced in the last 20 odd years. Many modern-day winemakers look as far back as 5000 years in Caucasus (modern-day Georgia,–not the state) where wines fermented in large subterranean vessels called Qvevri (“Kev-ree”) that were originally closed with stones and sealed with beeswax.
About the Valdadige region in Italy:
Valdadige DOC, (or the German name Etschtaler DOC), is named after the Adige river which runs through approximately 30 municipalities in the valley. The grapes from this zone must be grown in Bolzano Province.
Wine growing and wine making have very ancient roots in this area. Research suggests that the Illyrian tribes, which came from Greece, planted the first vines in the area. This hypothesis was confirmed when archaeologists found a pot which dated back to 6th or 7th century BC. The pot was used for wine offerings to the gods. The jug is today a symbol of regional viticulture and is kept in Trento, at the castle Castello de Buonconsiglio.
Valdadige DOC’s large scale production implies that this wine zone is very different from the others. Every wine has a distinct style and is generally easily recognizable, however, the wines have a lower alcohol content than those from the neighboring areas.
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