What is “Orange Wine”?


Balistreri Vineyard’s white wines are especially unique and made in a natural style now know as “orange wine”. The white grapes are fermented on the skins, like a red wine, which imparts a rich, deep color and flavor. They are not filtered or fined and bottled without racking or cold stabilization.

This natural and historic style of white wine making produces a golden-orange hue in the wines, which also may develop harmless sediment as they age. These “orange” white wines should be served only moderately chilled to preserve the body and aroma.

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  • 2019 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)
    • 2019 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)
    • 2019 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)

    • $30.00
    • With delightful notes of orange zest, ginger and peach, this Muscat has terrific balance! Some time on the skins lends this wine structure, while beautiful fruit emanates from the glass. This is a delicious and fruity white that is refreshing and easy drinking.
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  • 2018 Colorado Viognier (Talbott Vineyard)
    • 2018 Colorado Viognier (Talbott Vineyard)
    • 2018 Colorado Viognier (Talbott Vineyard)

    • $26.00
    • Viognier is the perfect varietal to ferment as an “Orange Wine” because the extended skin contact only accentuates the full and rich body the grape is already known for. Structured and fruit forward, this Viognier has notes of pear and apricot.
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  • 2017 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)
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      2017 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)
    • 2017 Colorado Muscat | (Bookcliff Vineyard)

    • $32.00
    • This Muscat was made in our traditional "orange" style with one exception. Instead of fermenting on the skin for the majority of the fermentation, we pressed it off a bit earlier. This led to a ridiculously fruity, delicious and easy drinking Muscat that is hard to beat in this warm weather. Muscat is known for it's amazing aromatics, and this is no exception. Beautifully layered notes of orange blossom, meyer lemon, honeysuckle and white grape fill out the nose. On the palate, there's a slight richness but finishes with a clean, crisp citrus note.
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