What is the ‘Orleans Method’?
Wine vinegars are made using a fermentation method known as Orleans process. This method, made famous by the French, was named after a small town in France named Orleans, known as the city of vinegars. Although the Orleans process received official recognition and world patents in the 16th century, this process dates back to the Middle Ages and is a good reason why it still exists today.
Though technology has changed throughout the centuries the same fundamentals required to produce a fine vinegar product remain the same:
- It starts with quality wine that comes from grapes that are properly cared for.
- The conversion process where wine turns into vinegar takes place in a controlled environment with carefully cultured bacteria and in complete darkness.
- Good wine vinegar comes with age just like wine. Wine vinegars are made slowly over a period of 12 to 24 months. Most mass-produced brands you see in your local grocery store are made in huge aluminum tanks and the aging process is done typically within 24 hours.
The Orleans process came out of a desire for quality wine vinegar. Because of the care required wine vinegar produced using the Orleans process is the highest quality and best tasting product available on the market.