Step aside rosé, orange wine is now a thing

If you’re a fan of rosé, you’ll love the sound of this. Aldi has launched a new orange wine (yes, you read that right) and if it’s anywhere near as delicious as it sounds, it’s set to be the next big thing.

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While orange wine is an unusual choice, it’s certainly not a new thing. The alternative wine has been on the menu at hip bars and high-end wine merchants for years and is referred to as the ‘fourth wine’ by industry experts, alongside white, red and rosé. It is also very popular in the likes of Italy and Canada. However, Aldi is one of the first mainstream UK supermarket to launch a bottle of its own.

Made with 85% Chardonnay and 15% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, orange wine combines the weight of red with the freshness of white,  boasting a distinctive amber tone. Wine experts have also described as having ‘exuberant’ flavours of vanilla, peach and apricot, giving good old rosé a run for its money. And what’s more? Aldi’s bottle is the cheapest on the market at just £5.99.

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Orange Wine, £5.99, Aldi 

‘Orange wine is more popular than ever throughout the wine world but has yet to be made available to UK supermarket shoppers,’ said Aldi’s wine expert, Sam Caporn MW, The Mistress of Wine. ‘It’s exciting to see Aldi opening up this sought-after style to its customers, and I’m sure it will prove just as popular as it has around the globe.’

This isn’t the first coloured tipple to be put on our radar. Earlier this month, we were introduced to blue wine – a new phenomenon in France. Vindigo, a turquoise blue wine made from 100% chardonnay (and claims to be 10% natural), was launched by French entrepreneur René Le Bail.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Eloïse Castellarin, an associate from the company said: ‘The blue colour is obtained by a second maceration (the process of soaking crushed grapes). This also gives the wine hints of cherry, raspberry and passion fruit. There is no added sugar, but because of its colour and sweet taste, this is mainly a wine for an aperitif or for making cocktails with.’

We wonder what the next coloured wine will be…

Aldi’s orange wine hits shelves in store on Saturday 11 August.