The New Yorker ran a piece entitled, " How The Orange-Wine Fad Became An Irresistible Assault On Pleasure." The point that writer Troy Patterson makes is that orange wines often offer more "challenging" flavors, which makes it a popular wine category among serious — and sometimes pretentious — foodies. Patterson writes that because of this, "orange wine will never be 'the new rosé,'" however that doesn't mean that those of us who jumped full-force into the rosé all day trend can't try out the drink.
In order to
demystify orange wines, which are made with white grapes that are treated like red grapes in that their skins are left in the juice for some time during fermentation, we asked five sommeliers, wine educators, and beverage directors to recommend good bottles that cost under $30. As orange wines are typically produced naturally, they tend to have a higher price point, which contributes to their highfalutin status. But, these experts were still able to suggest bottles that are affordable for those looking to try out the wine trend for the first time.
Take a look ahead to find these under-$30 orange wine recommendations and see if you're a fan of their complex tastes.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Channing Daughters 'Ramato' 2016
"This is an awesome introduction to orange wine and happens to be made in Long Island, NY. Channing Daughters' 'Ramato' with 100% Pinot Grigio is a nod to traditional Friulian winemaking techniques. The wine is fermented on its skins for 13-16 days, giving it a coppery appearance and pleasantly dry and textured structure. This wine has notes of dried peach, candied orange peel, roasted apples, and honey. I love putting this on a table with salty/nutty cheeses like parmesan and dry salami like soppressata."
— Nora Hoefer, in-house wine concierge at Empathy Wines and certified sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers Level II) Channing Daughters
2016 Ramato, $25.00
Buy Il Censo Praruar Terre Siciliane Catarratto 2016
"This wine hails from Sicily and is great to pair with heartier main courses like roasted pork shoulder. 100% Catarratto, the juice is kept in contact with the skins for 2-3 weeks. This wine is savory with almost smokey tones, bursting with aromas of baked apricots and dried herbs."
— Nora Hoefer, in-house wine concierge at Empathy Wines and certified sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers Level II) Il Censo
Praruar Terre Siciliane Catarratto 2016, $29.99
Buy Glinavos Paleokerisio 2018
"This is definitely not your average orange. Beyond its color and size, it’s also semi-sparkling, off-dry, and produced from both white
red grapes. On paper, this might seem like the
of wine, but the end result is pretty outstanding. The Paleokerisio is everything your cheese course has been missing!"
— Ashley Santoro, regional beverage director at The Standard in New York, NY Dom. Glinavos
Glinavos Paleokerisio 2018, $12.99
Buy Casè Casèbianco NV
"I've been obsessed with Casè for years. All of their wines defy the flaws often associated with natural wines. The Casèbianco is floral with notes of stone fruit — perfect with cured meat and light proteins!"
— Ashley Santoro, regional beverage director at The Standard in New York, NY Gravner Ribolla Gialla Riserva Friuli — Venezia Giulia, Italy 2004
"This winemaker won't release his wines until he feels they are ready. This one, in particular, was released to the market after aging for fourteen years on the property. The wines have a lovely dried rose tone with hints of butterscotch and dried herbs. Every time I put my nose in the glass, I get something different. It's a really impressive wine."
— Amy Racine, advanced sommelier at The Times Square EDITION in New York, NY Remhoogte 'Free To Be' Orange Chenin Blanc — Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2016
"This orange wine is more on the tropical side. It's a lot of fun with flavors of pineapple, guava, and a little peach. It's also a great introduction into orange wine if it's someone first time trying one."
— Amy Racine, advanced sommelier at The Times Square EDITION in New York, NY Remhoogte Wine Estate
Remhoogte 'Free To Be' Orange Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosc, $16.37
Buy Donkey & Goat, Ramato Pinot Gris, Filigreen Farm — Anderson Valley, California, USA, 2018
"A few days on the skins can help tremendously in terms of adding texture and savory notes to a grape that can be exuberant and overly showy. Such is the case of this biodynamically farmed Pinot Gris by husband and wife duo Jared and Tracey Brandt from their urban winery in Berkeley, California. It has gentle tannins and notes of delicious, juicy peach with a touch of spice, making it a great introduction to the world of macerated whites. Taste before you buy and meet the growers at
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— Isabelle Legeron, founder of RAW WINE and Master of Wine Donkey & Goat
Ramato Pinot Gris, $28.00
Buy Viteadovest, Rina Bianco — Sicily, Italy, 2016
"Once famous for its sweet, fortified wine production, Marsala (located on the wind-swept, western tip of Sicily), is enjoying a revival thanks to its compelling salty, dry white wines. This textured catarratto, macerated for 90 days in chestnut barrel, shows notes of lime peel, iodine, and hints of caramel and makes for a very moreish aperitif. Taste before you buy & meet the grower at
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— Isabelle Legeron, founder of RAW WINE and Master of Wine Viteadovest
Rina Bianco, Sicily, Italy, 2016, $30.99
Buy Gotsa Wines, Chinuri — Asureti, Kvemo Kartli, Georgia, 2016
"Orange wine's global revival is in no small part thanks to Georgia, a tiny country in the Caucasus where the tradition of making whites just like reds (by macerating grape skins in their juice) has been kept alive for thousands of years. So to really understand oranges, you have to go Georgian. Gotsa's
is a classic example. The 'winelings' go through months of skin contact in clay jars (kvevris or qvevris) buried underground, and the result is great tannic structure. Expect heady, herbal notes, walnuts and, of course, tannins. Taste before you buy & meet the grower at
RAW WINE New York
Los Angeles 2019
— Isabelle Legeron, founder of RAW WINE and Master of Wine Gotsa Family Wines
Chinuri 2016 750ml, $28.99
Buy Kabaj Ravan Friulano 2012
"I love to recommend this Slovenian bottle to drinkers just getting into skin-contact wines because this one is fresh, delicate, and not too funky. With notes of apricots, honey, and hazelnut, serve it chilled! It's the perfect wine to pair with cheese — try it with an aged sheep's milk pecorino or even a gouda."
— Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life Kabaj
Ravan Friulano 2012, $24.13
Buy Pheasant's Tears Chinuri Kartli 2015
"Made from the Chinuri grape, this Georgian wine has a bright and fruity profile: lots of peach, melon, and pineapple notes. It does have very high acidity so I'd qualify this as a food wine, rather than one to sip on its own. It does have some tannic structure but not too much!"
— Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life Pheasant's Tears
Chinuri Kartli 2015, $18.99
Buy Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato 2016
"I call this one 'orange wine with training wheels.' The word 'ramato' means, 'copper' — since the Pinot Grigio grape actually has pinkish-grey skins, the wine comes out a pretty copper color when those skins are used in fermentation. Smooth and light enough to pair with seafood, this is a nice wine to start with if you're just easing in slowly to the world of skin contact wines." —
Sarah Tracey, sommelier and founder of The Lush Life Attems
Pinot Grigio Ramato 2016,
$24.99 $11.98 Buy