Gerard Bertrand orange wine

Orange wine, an original organic wine dating back to the origins of the first wines

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

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

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What is orange wine?

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

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

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

During this phase of maceration, the tannins are concentrated and the amber yellow color characteristic of orange wine appears.

Like other types of wine, an orange wine can come from traditional agriculture, organic or biodynamic (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, guarantees of quality, are obtained after having been certified and controlled by independent bodies, and make it possible to clearly identify the wines respecting the specifications of organic and biodynamic agriculture.

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The origins of orange wine

Often misunderstood, orange wine is at the very origin of wine.

Indeed, the first wines, which were probably orange wine, were produced in the Caucasus (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 allowed white wines to macerate and age in buried amphoras.

This little historical point helps dispel a received 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 (especially if it comes from organic or biodynamic ) 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 beautiful presence of tannins.

The color is luminous and ranges from pale yellow to amber.

One of the main characteristics of an orange wine is its freshness and slight 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 may surprise (in a good way) lovers of more “classic” wines.

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

With a nice natural acidity, orange wines are nevertheless less acidic than white wines.

Finally, orange wines have good aging potential thanks to their high tannins.



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