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Forget red or white, the must have drink is orange wine

Usually picking a bottle of wine starts with a straightforward red or white. But to be in vogue with your vino it’s time you changed colour. Enter orange wine.

Orange wines have been increasingly popping up in trendy wine bars and restaurants in recent years. This summer, more orange wines than ever are hitting the shelves and there are some great bargains to be found.

It’s not wine made from oranges. Like all other wine, it’s made from fermented grapes, specifically white grape varieties with light-coloured skins. What makes them different from white wine is the way they’re made. 

The juice of the grapes is fermented with the skins, sometimes referred to as skin contact wines, and in some cases left to macerate for longer, which gives the wine its amber colour.

The best ones manage to combine the freshness of a white wine with depth and texture you might find in a red. Ready to give orange wine a go? Our drinks expert HELEN McGINN shares her pick of the bunch . . .

Usually picking a bottle of wine starts with a straightforward red or white. But to be in vogue with your vino it’s time you changed colour. Enter orange wine (stock photo)

GREAT VALUE VINO

Gros Manseng Vin Orange, £7, Asda

A real gem in the Asda range, and great value. Made in France, the grape is Gros Manseng and sits at the lighter end of the orange wine spectrum.

It’s delightfully fresh with subtle floral aromas and a touch of nuttiness behind the mostly mango fruit flavours. Serve lightly chilled with nibbles. 4/5

FULL OF FLAVOUR

Tbilvino Qvevris Orange Wine, £10.50, M&S

From Georgia, the original home of orange wine, the label hints at the traditional clay pots, known as Qvevri (pronounced kev-ree), used to make and store the wine. The grape is Rkatsiteli, one of the local varieties used to make orange wine in Georgia, producing wines with lots of flavour and texture. This one’s bone dry with plenty of quince fruit. Brilliant with spicy chicken dishes. 5/5

Gros Manseng Vin Orange, £7, Asda

Tbilvino Qvevris Orange Wine, £10.50, M&S

Gros Manseng Vin Orange, £7, Asda, pictured left. Pictured right: Tbilvino Qvevris Orange Wine, £10.50, M&S

BEYOND THE PALE

Winzer Krems Orange Gruner Veltliner, £11.99, Majestic

Made from Austria’s star white grape, this is a lovely take on the orange wine style. Pale in colour, it’s got the trademark flavours of stone fruit and spice so typical of Gruner. But there’s more texture and a touch of ginger. Fabulous with curries, however hot. 3/5

FRESH FRENCH WINE

Gerard Bertrand Organic Orange Gold, £19, Ocado

A blend of six white grapes including Chardonnay, Marsanne and Viognier, this is made by one of the most innovative producers in the Languedoc region in southern France. It’s Bertrand’s first foray into orange wine. Fresh with nectarine flavours, serve chilled with a plate of charcuterie. 4/5

Winzer Krems Orange Gruner Veltliner, £11.99, Majestic

Gerard Bertrand Organic Orange Gold, £19, Ocado

Winzer Krems Orange Gruner Veltliner, £11.99, Majestic, pictured left. Pictured right: Gerard Bertrand Organic Orange Gold, £19, Ocado

BAGS OF CHARACTER

Macerao Naranjo Orange Wine, £7.99, Waitrose

From southern Chile’s Itata Valley, this delightfully floral wine is made from the Muscat grape grown on old bush vines by Luis Felipe Edwards, a family-owned producer. Fermented with wild yeasts, it’s got bags of character with citrus fruit flavours, honey and orange blossom. Perfect with Asian-inspired dishes. 3/5

BRITISH BLEND

Litmus Orange Wine, £17.99, theenglishvine.co.uk

This was one of the first orange wines to be cultivated in the UK, made by the winemaking team at Denbies in Surrey. The grape is Bacchus, and the resulting wine is textured, nutty and herbal with fennel and white pepper notes. Serve with hard cheese — delicious! 4/5

Macerao Naranjo Orange Wine, £7.99, Waitrose

Litmus Orange Wine, £17.99, theenglishvine.co.uk

Macerao Naranjo Orange Wine, £7.99, Waitrose, pictured left. Pictured right: Litmus Orange Wine, £17.99, theenglishvine.co.uk

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