The Orange Side of the Wine
We can think of orange wine as a kind of white wine. The process that gives the orange color in the production flow is the skin contact. Now let's go back to the beginning, the harvest. The grapes are being picked, coming from the vineyard to the winery. They are separated from the stems and crushed and pressed with a gentle pressure. As the grapes are crushed with this gentle pressure, free run juice is produced. A small note: the gentle crushing-squeezing process is very gentle, the seeds of the grapes must not be broken. Let's not think of it as pressing. If the seeds of the grapes snap, the bitter oils and tannins in the seeds are released and the bitter taste is inevitable, be careful. Now, we have crushed grapes and we have a free flowing must. White wine production so far is the same as orange wine. What did we say? We can think of orange wine as a kind of white wine. The orangeness of the production process starts right here!