Everything you need to know about rosé wine

By Marc Malouf - @WineWorthWritingAbout

Rosé has become one of the most popular wines in the world today, and it's not hard to see why. 

It’s refreshing, versatile with food and oh-so pretty in both colour and flavour and NO, it’s not just a ladies drink! Great rosé is as good as any other wine out there, so to all the men reading this…don’t be afraid of the pink. Check out all rosé wines here


Fun fact: The colour of the wine does not dictate anything more than the time on skins and is not an indicator of quality. The lightest coloured rosé may be one of the most complex you will find, and the darkest the most simple. How does that old saying go?? Don’t judge a book by its cover!

Like all wine, no two are the same and the differences come down to the grapes used, the region those grapes come from and the way it’s been made. These are the 3 methods to make rosé:

  1. Maceration: The traditional way that involves crushing red grapes (such as Grenache, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, or even a blend) and allowing the juice to sit with the skins for a short amount of time, typically a few hours, to impart some colour giving the wine its pink hue.
  2. Saignée: involves bleeding off some of the juice from the production of a red wine early on during its fermentation process. This creates a noticeably light and delicate rosé.
  3. Blending: some winemakers choose to blend white and red wine together to make rosé, although this method is not as common and is not allowed in certain wine regions.

Here are our top tips and picks for finding the perfect rosé that suits you! Click on the link that sounds the most delcious!

Dry, savoury and textural

Italian varietals grown in Australia, like Sangiovese, are exceptional for making rosé. You can also choose something from Provence (France) and Piedmont (Italy) for some complex examples.

Perfumed, mineral and fruity

The cool crispness of cooler Australian regions like Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Gippsland and Heathcote produce fine and elegant rosé that are world-class

Juicy, sweet and smashable

The warmth of South Australia brings out the whole fruit salad in rosé and it’s undeniably delicious drinking! Look to the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Piccadilly Valley