#ItalianFWT Searches Italy for Orange Wines!

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Takes a Second Lap Around Italy
Wow, our Italian Food, Wine and Travel blogging group (#ItalianFWT on Twitter) has completed our first lap around Italy. Did you know that every one of Italy’s twenty regions produces wine?  Our group has explored each region firsthand and we’re all excited to continue, and we hope you’ll join us!  On our second lap, we can open up to some creative challenges.

This month, the challenge is to find and try a skin-fermented white wine (a.k.a. “orange” wine) from somewhere in Italy. Since we like to stay open to food and travel, we’re also inviting bloggers to share a secret food or place in either Friuli-Venezia Giulia or Sicily, both regions are known producers of skin-fermented wines.

Skin-fermented white wine, a.k.a "orange"

Skin-fermented white wine, a.k.a “orange”

What’s an Orange Wine?
200 years ago, skin-fermented white wines would have a different name: wine.  At one time, white wines  were fermented just like red wines. Grapes were harvested and put into a container, crushed by foot and left to ferment.  In some cases, the fermenting must was put into large earthenware pots and the whole mess was left undisturbed until months later. Then, winemakers discovered techniques to produce a new, fresh style of wine which separated the juice from the skins and grape solids immediately, and white wine as we know it today was developed. Today there are a number Italian winegrowers who have returned to those earlier methods to re-discover the charms of these traditional wines.

“Orange” Wines are Not Just Hipster Sommelier Candy!
These winemakers have been producing orange wines for years, but in the last few years, they have been discovered, and are now popular in the media, though controversial. The colors, aromas and flavors are very different from typical white, rosé or red wines. So come along and join as our Italian Food Wine & Travel group explores skin-fermented white wines, a.k.a. orange wines from Italy!

Preview of What’s to Come
Join us this Saturday, July 2 at 10am CDT on Twitter at #ItalianFWT to chat about skin-fermented white wines from Italy. Here is a preview of what’s to come from our Italian blogging group:

8 Responses to “#ItalianFWT Searches Italy for Orange Wines!”
  1. Vino Travels says:

    Thanks for hosting this month and looking forward to the exploration of orange wines.

  2. Wow…a sparkling orange wine! How was it?

    • It was fun. It had all the element of a skin-fermented wine plus bubbles. I loved their story and approach and would definitely plan a visit when we get to Emilia-Romagna.

  3. Diana says:

    I was disappointed I couldn’t join in this month’s #ItalianFWT, because I was so curious to try an orange wine (I’ve tasted only 1 or 2, ever). But–I can still go on my own exploration of orange wine! And I hope to join August’s.

    That duck looks delicious.

  4. Thanks for hosting such a great event Jeff! It was great to stretch our wine and pairing from the norm this month!

  5. Italy’s food is really very good. I will go to Italy and Rome in August with my friends for 10 days and definitely go to these places. All the places looks awesome. Please share some more places or beach homes in Italy and Liguria.
    vakantiehuizen Ligurië

  6. Friuli, Italy! Here a group of small, family-owned, rebellious and unconventional artisan producers craft the so called ‘orange wines’ with passion! Unfiltered, aged and with no added sulfite. The whites are vinified as if they were red (skin maceration – hence the orange color), in clay amphorae! We visited top producers Parashos Evangelos, Sasa Radikon and Damijan Podversic and… saw it all!
    Full story here: http://www.gregoryswinejournal.com/pages/article.aspx?aid=110

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