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Amber Revolution
How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine
Simon J. Woolf; photography by Ryan Opaz

published 2018 • 6.75" x 9.5" • 300 pages • 150 full-color photos
ISBN 9781623719661 • hardback • $35.00

“Timely and very readable…” 
—Hugh Johnson

“In Amber Revolution, Woolf is at his best, combining personal narrative with historical research and a handy reference guide, while debunking the myths surrounding orange wines.”
—Suzanne Mustacich, Wine Spectator

“Fascinating, deftly written... Will tell you everything you need to know about this long-hidden tradition.”
— Andrew Jefford, Decanter/World of Fine Wine

“Nobody knows more about orange wine and its fascinating history than Simon Woolf, and nobody writes better about it.”
— Felicity Carter, editor, Meininger's Wine Business International

“Witty, precise and well written with Simon Woolf’s unique and signature style, this book will definitely become the ultimate reference for orange wines.” 
— José Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes


Written by renowned orange wine expert and award winning writer Simon J. Woolf, Amber Revolution is the world’s first book to tell the full, forgotten story of this ancient wine (white wine made like a red wine) and its modern struggle to gain acceptance. It is a tale of lost identity, the fight for survival, and pioneering winemakers—from the Caucasus to the Adriatic.

White grapes are left in contact with their skins for days, weeks or months during fermentation, creating stunning complexity, unusual aromas and intense flavors. The extended skin contact gives these wines bold amber, russet, or orange tints. The technique is ancient, but the hype is new and fast growing.

This book includes profiles of 180 of the best producers from 20 countries worldwide and is crammed full of all the information you need to find the best orange wines worldwide together with tips for how to buy, enjoy, food-match and age them.

Beautifully illustrated with over 150 specially commissioned photos, Amber Revolution is an essential reference work for any wine lover, sommelier, retailer or producer who loves orange wine.

Simon J. Woolf is an award-winning wine and drinks writer. He is somewhat obsessed with orange wines and is considered to be an expert on the developing natural wine niche. He is the founder of The Morning Claret, an online wine magazine specializing in artisanal, natural, organic and biodynamic wines and related issues, and is a columnist for He contributes regularly to Decanter and Meininger Wine Business International and he’s also written for Punch Drink, Jancis Robinson,, Harpers online and among others. He is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers.

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