Joe Campanale of the Epicurean Group discusses the origin of orange wine at Anfora, their wine bar in the West Village. Joe is an accomplished sommelier and part owner in the restaurant group, which also includes Dell’Anima, L’Artusi and L’Apicio. Orange wines are made from white grapes and have a longer maceration of the skins and seeds, similar to making red wines. Orange wine is often made in clay vessels (Anfora) just as they were in ancient times.
Today orange wines are becoming increasingly popular, largely due to sommeliers like Joe promoting them, but also because there are so many great winemakers producing this style of wine. Some orange winemakers worth mentioning include: Josko Gravner, Viticoltori De Conciliis, Scholium Project, Channing Daughters Winery, Our Wine.