Orange Wine and amphora wine

Orange wines and amphora wine are two types of wine production derived from an ancient tradition.

Orange Wines are produced with white grapes, and vinified in red. Amphora wines are vinified in terracotta jars: the grapes are left to ferment in interred special jars. The grapes are also subjected to maceration on skins, becoming an essential element for the final product.

What are amphora wines?

The reduction of the mechanization of production processes and the use of terracotta instead of wood are two identifying features of amphora wine productions.

Both choices protect the aromas of the wine and avoid dispersion. This means that the wines are protected, thus preserving the specific characteristics of the organoleptic characteristics.

History and origins

The origins of wine in amphora have very ancient roots in history, thousands of years ago.

Storia e origini

Except for some Eastern European countries, including Georgia, this technique had been replaced by the use of wood. Recently, the potential of this solution has been rediscovered, and even in Italy, wine producers have started to reuse it.

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How are amphora wines produced? We explain the vinification in terracotta.

Using terracotta instead of wood guarantees crucial aspects: it is an eco-sustainable choice that favours high-profile wine productions.

It preserves the aromas and defends the characteristics of the wines having a transpiring structure and generating a spontaneous and natural micro-oxygenation.

Characteristics of terracotta amphorae for winemaking

The terracotta amphorae for the production of wine today are a peculiar characteristic of the terroir. As if the local artisan and manufacturing tradition further characterized the production.

Since the 2000s, for example, in Italy, several companies have started producing amphorae for the wine sector. The amphorae are created by mixing clays in such a way as to guarantee an "insulating" effect for the wine, thus preserving every characteristic feature.

Wine in amphorae: characteristics and types of wines made

The raw material for wines in amphora is high-quality grapes. The same thing is in common productions, but with a different result.

The organoleptic characteristics of wines in amphora are specific: for example, you don't recognize the scent of wood.
Furthermore, it is possible to distinguish a particular softness due to the natural micro-oxygenation and other mineral nuances deriving from contact with terracotta. Besides, the wines remain younger.

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Vinegia I.G.P. Trevenezie

Our latest creation, the Vinegia I.G.P. Trevenzie is a fine niche product suitable for those who want to taste wines in amphora for the first time. Its production combines innovation and tradition in a balanced way. Composed of Tocai Friulano (80%) and Chardonnay (20%).

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What is Orange Wine?

Orange Wines are produced with white grapes and vinified in red. Moreover, maceration can last for days or even months.

History and origins of macerated wines

As for wines in amphorae, only a few decades ago, the producers started again to offer Orange Wines. On the border between Europe and Asia, as in Georgia, already in the past, they were the result of long macerations on the skins.

Storia e origini dei vini macerati

These procedures have been passed down to the present day and gradually began to be applied worldwide, including in Italy.

How Orange wines are made?

Fermented white wine is the Italian definition with which orange wines are distinguished, whose vinification takes place using the same method as red wines.

The grapes are fermented with skins and pips, which remain in contact with the must during alcoholic fermentation and beyond.  In this way, the wine acquires some substances from the peel and the seeds that determine specific characteristics, such as tannins, terpenes and flavonoids.

Macerated white wines are decisive products and are considered very complex and long-lived. There may be residues on the bottom of the bottles, which amplify their organoleptic features.

Il Viaggiatore I.G.P. - Orange Wine

The Orange Wine Il Viaggiatore is the spearhead of Corte Bacaro's production. It comes from an exclusive selection of grapes from a small vineyard plot and only in the best harvest years. We only use Tocai Friulano (80%) and Chardonnay (20%).

What are the differences between Orange and Rosé wine?

Rosé wine differs from orange wine because its production starts from red berried grapes vinified in white. During the maceration, the contact with the skins is short, and for this reason, the colour is not very intense.

How to serve orange wines

Orange wines can be served at a temperature between 14 and 16 ° C, using a medium glass in which red wines are also served.

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