This blushing beauty owes its luscious colour to grape skins, and is thought by some to be older in variety than its white and red cousins due to the traditional ‘skin contact’ method used in much of its production. In other words, when the ancients got down to the simple maceration of their grapes, rosé wine is most likely to have been what they came out with. Rosé is manufactured right across the globe. But, for our money, here’s where you should go to taste the best:
France been a foremost producer of rosé for centuries, with grapes flourishing in both cooler and Mediterranean climates. In Provence, it is rosé which makes up the majority of the region’s wine production.
Visit: the illustrious Taittinger in Reims, to sample its Prestige Rosé Champagne, surely one of rosé’s most decadent varieties.
Italian rosé spans the entire breadth of the pink palette: picture the coppery rosato, cherry-coloured ceraluso, and ethereal pale rosato naturale, then fill the gaps with everything in between.
Visit: the majestically rustic Vignamaggio, one of Tuscany’s oldest farming estates, to taste its luminous rosato, Albaluce.
Famed for the success of its sparkling rosé producer Mateus in the post-war market, today’s Portuguese pinks are serious contenders in the international market.
Visit: Quinta dos Vales, a multi-award-winning estate in the bright Algarve region with no less than four excellent rosés to its name.
Rosewein is prevalent in several regions of the country. Each is known for their distinctive characteristics and flavour profiles.
Visit: the family-run Weingut Walter J. Oster in the prestigious Mosel region, where a passion for winemaking has continued across 15 generations. Here steep terroirs nurture the grapes for their signature rosé.