Skin Contact

Term
skin kon-tact
Skin contact wines usually refer to orange wines - white wines made in the style of reds, where the juice experiences a length of time in contact with the pomace (grape skins and stems). Skin contact wine is exactly what it sounds like: wine that has come in contact with the skins of grapes. Perhaps less obvious is the “why?” — winemakers do this to extract pigments and tannins from the grapes, which will ultimately determine the wine’s appearance, texture, and flavor.