Orange wine gets its name from the deep orange colour of the final product, but the production process is where this wine truly stands out from the crowd. While other lighter wines such as white and rosé are typically derived from the juice of peeled grapes, orange wine combines the crisp freshness of white wine with the depth and intensity of red by fermenting white grape juice along with its skins.
The result is a vibrant amber wine that tastes rich yet delicate on the palate. If you're new to the world of orange wine or you're shopping for your new favourite, take a look through our buying guide to learn about light, medium and full-bodied wines, the optimal ABV, and the advantages of screw tops vs. corks. Make sure to check out our 9 favourite orange wines in the UK available from Amazon, Waitrose and more!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 9 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of orange wines available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Poças Fora da Série
K & L Wines
Domaine de la Janasse
Natural Orange Wine
Orange Cramele Reca
Esoterico Orange Wine
Late Harvest - Orange Muscat
Orange Wine Chardonnay / Viognier
Viog Princip Orange
Hand-Picked Chilean Grapes Fermented Over Three Months for a Rich and Sweet Full-Bodied Flavour
The Perfect Partner to Kimchi From a Sustainable Farm in Juanico
A Versatile Flavour Profile That’s the Perfect Introduction to the World of Orange Wine
Slightly Acidic Orange Wine Packed With Mango and Pineapple
Flavourful Dessert Wine With a Lower Alcohol Content of 8%
A Delicate Light Bodied Wine to Be Savoured
Smooth Flavours From a Family Owned Wine Company Founded in 1918
Elevated Fruit and Citrus Flavours With Notes of Nut and Spice
A Versatile Wine to Pair With a Variety of Intense Flavours
|Tasting Notes||Dried apricots, pears, honey||Apple, marmalade, honey||Peach, pear||Beeswax, pineapple, mango||Apricot, pinapple, passionfruit||Peach, lemon, toasted||Peach, honey, nuts, cinnamon||Apricot, citrus, nuts, spice||Apricot, peach, dried fruits|
|Pair With||Spices, seafood||Moroccan, Korean, Japanese||Spices, cheese, roast pork||Moroccan, curry||Cheese, chocolate, desserts||-||Seafood, cured meats||-||Meaty fish, poultry, pork|
|ABV||13.5 %||13 %||12.5 %||12.5 %||8 %||12 %||12.5 %||13 %||14.5 %|
|Closure Type||Cork||Screw top||Screw top||Cork||Cork||Cork||Cork||Cork||Cork|
|Region||Valle Del Itata, Chile||Juanico, Chile||Romania||South Australia||California, USA||Cahors, France||Douro, Portugal||Romania||Rhône, France|
|Volume||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl|
The tasting notes of wine are an obvious indicator of whether you'll enjoy it. With orange wine, the dominant flavours are fruits and florals, but you should also check for other elements within the flavour profile to find a blend that suits your preferences. Another huge factor in experiencing wine is the body. Wines come as full, medium or light-bodied, and the intensity of the flavour varies accordingly.
Because the flavours of wine are usually complemented by the alcohol content, it's important to choose the right ABV. The average alcohol content of wine is 13.5%, which is perfect for wine-lovers who are used to the flavours and impact of standard wines.
However, if you're looking to cut back or you're new to the world of wines and want to sample different flavours, without feeling the effects of alcohol, look for a lower ABV. We recommend trying one around 8% to still appreciate the full palette.
There's an age-old belief that a bottle's closure type is indicative of quality, with screw tops being low-budget and corks being high-end. In the modern wine market, this isn't necessarily the case! Many higher-end bottles make use of screw tops and many budget wineries use corks, they simply serve different functions.
Corks are designed to slowly aerate wine whereas screw tops keep the bottle completely sealed until opening. Your main concern when choosing a bottle is the convenience and functionality of each. If you are looking for an easy option that won't cause too much of a hindrance, a screw-top will be ideal. This type is also great for re-closing the wine if you don't finish the bottle.
While it is possible, corks are more difficult to reseal, causing unfinished wine to aerate and spoil much quicker. The slow aeration of wine through the sealed cork, however, is great for releasing flavour and creating more depth, making it perfect if you enjoy the intense notes of a full-bodied wine.
If you're vegan, you've probably been surprised to find how many unexpected things turn out to be unsuitable for your diet, and wine is no exception! Although most wines will be suitable for a vegan diet, some wineries use animal derivatives in their production process.
When shopping for wine, it's always best to choose bottles clearly marked as vegan if you want to be certain. To help you out, we've included this information for each wine in our ranking, so that you can be sure your purchase is suitable for your dietary requirements.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Tasting Notes||Dried apricots, pears, honey|
|Pair With||Spices, seafood|
|Region||Valle Del Itata, Chile|
|Tasting Notes||Apple, marmalade, honey|
|Pair With||Moroccan, Korean, Japanese|
|Closure Type||Screw top|
|Tasting Notes||Peach, pear|
|Pair With||Spices, cheese, roast pork|
|Closure Type||Screw top|
|Tasting Notes||Beeswax, pineapple, mango|
|Pair With||Moroccan, curry|
|Tasting Notes||Apricot, pinapple, passionfruit|
|Pair With||Cheese, chocolate, desserts|
|Tasting Notes||Peach, lemon, toasted|
|Tasting Notes||Peach, honey, nuts, cinnamon|
|Pair With||Seafood, cured meats|
|Tasting Notes||Apricot, citrus, nuts, spice|
|Tasting Notes||Apricot, peach, dried fruits|
|Pair With||Meaty fish, poultry, pork|
Written and researched by Alicia Byrne
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