List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Rosé Wine

Learn about rosé wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more …

undefined, null

What is rosé wine?

Rosé wine has surged in popularity, but what exactly is it? First, it is a category of wine, not a grape varietyal. Rosé is a pink-colored wine that is made from red grapes. It can be dry or sweet.

What are the types and styles of rosé wine?

Whether it’s fruity and fun or savory and serious, rosé is a pink wine that comes in countless styles. Rosé wine is produced throughout the world from a vast array of local grape varieties and is enjoying a surging popularity among wine drinkers. Southern France (particularly Provence), parts of Spain, Italy and California are among the most famous regions for rosé wine production.

These are the four major types rose wines.

  • Light: Pale pink in color and light-bodied, these are dry and crisp, exhibiting flavors of citrus, strawberry and watermelon, plus a saline minerality.
  • Medium: A little darker, sometimes orangesalmon in color and a bit fuller in body. Flavors include cherry and raspberry, with floral and spice notes.
  • Fuller, richer: Darker both in the glass and on the palate, with rich berry flavors and often hints of pepper.
  • Sweet: The sweetness is achieved when fermentation is stopped before all sugar has been converted. These often have the word “white” in front of the grape from which they are made, e.g., White Zinfandel or White Merlot.

Where is rosé from?

  • Rosé is made all over the world. Besides France, important sources include Italy, Spain and California. Different names include rosato in Italy, rosado in Spain and weissherbst in Germany. Rosé has been around for a very long time. The Phoenicians drank pink wine as far back as 1500 B.C.
  • Old World vs. New World rosé - As compared to white and red wines, the differences between Old World and New World rosés can be subtle. In a blind tasting, for example, a dark Spanish rosado might easily be confused with a ripe California version. That said, the epicenter of world rosé production is Provence in the South of France, which makes more rosé than any other region.

What gives rosé its color?

Two factors influence a rosé’s color, the grape variety(ies) used, and the length of time the red grape skins stay in contact with the juice. The resulting color ranges from pale pink, to salmon, copper or light ruby or bold fuschia.

How is rosé wine made?

Rosé wine is made using just a brief period of skin contact with red-skinned grapes—usually just a few hours to a couple of days. Rosés often are produced with no lees stirring, no malolactic fermentation and no oak aging. Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to preserve the primary aromas and flavors, most rosé wine is intended for consumption in its youth.

These are the most common ways rose wine is made:

  • Vin Gris: An absence of or a very limited maceration (skin-contact) time, typically using light colored red varieties, creates a vin gris. The juice is pressed off the skins for fermentation to continue to dryness. Vin gris translates from French to literally means “gray wine,” but the wine is by no means, grey.
  • Direct Press: The Provence method. Here the grapes are crushed and pressed simultaneously, with a short maceration time, which results in a very pale pink.
  • Saignée: A secondary effect of red winemaking. Red grapes are crushed and placed in a tank. After a short period of time, some of the relatively pale juice is allowed to bleed off (saignée means “bleeding” in French). This method both produces a rosé and concentrates the remaining red.
  • Blending red and white wine: This method is not permitted in typical rosé production but is used frequently when making blush wines or rosé versions of Champagne and other sparkling wines.

In southern France, rosés are often blends that may include Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah. Single varietal versions are also plentiful. Rosé of Pinot Noir hails from places as disparate as France’s Loire Valley, Oregon, California and New Zealand.

Rosé tasting profile

While differences exist between dry rosés, noteworthy similarities include a crisp, clear quality and light to medium body. They are not high in alcohol and rarely show oak influence. Fruit flavors often include citrus, strawberry, raspberry, cherry and watermelon while other notes include floral, spice and mineral. These characteristics make rosé a delightful aperitif and flexible with food, which certainly explains its popularity.

How do you serve rosé wine?

For serving, cool rosé wines down to about 45 to 50F. (Most refrigerators are colder than this.)

Glassware for rosé

The best glasses for rosé have a stem and a narrow bowl large enough to allow swirling without spilling. As with any wine, do not fill the glass all the way to the rim.

Rosé food pairings

  • Light rosé: Terrific with salads, shellfish and lighter appetizers.
  • Medium rosé: Enjoy with everything from chicken to pork and creamy cheeses.
  • Fuller, richer rosé: Great with pizza, barbecue and burgers.
  • Sweet rosé: Pairs well with spicier foods or on its own.

How long does rosé wine last?

Opened, a bottle of rosé wine will usually stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Unopened, most rosé wines stay fresh for a year or two, though in rare cases, high end rosé wines can benefit from a few years of age. If you are planning to invest in rosé wine to save for a few years, it’s probably a good idea to consult one of our wine experts.

Filter by
181 Items
181 Items
  • Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2021  Front Label
    Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2021
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
    • JS92
    3.8 22 Ratings
    Regular price
    Currently Unavailable $24.99
    Try the
    24 99
    24 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Cotes de Provence Rose 2021  Front Label
    Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Cotes de Provence Rose 2021
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
    • WW91
    • JS90
    3.9 35 Ratings
    Regular price
    Currently Unavailable $25.99
    Try the
    25 99
    25 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2021  Front Label
    Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2021
    Rosé from Corbieres, Languedoc, South of France, France
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Regular price
      Currently Unavailable $19.99
      Try the
      19 99
      19 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Miraval Rose 2021  Front Label
      Miraval Rose 2021
      Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
      • WE92
      • TP91
      • WS90
      3.4 9 Ratings
      Regular price
      Currently Unavailable $23.99
      Try the
      28
      23 99
      Save $4.01 (14%)
    • Kylie Minogue Cotes de Provence Rose 2021  Front Label
      Kylie Minogue Cotes de Provence Rose 2021
      Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Regular price
        Currently Unavailable $29.99
        Try the
        29 99
        29 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Domaine de Triennes Rose 2021  Front Label
        Domaine de Triennes Rose 2021
        Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
        • WE89
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Regular price
        Currently Unavailable $18.99
        Try the
        18 99
        18 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Lavendette Rose 2021  Front Label
        Lavendette Rose 2021
        Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
        • WW89
        5.0 23 Ratings
        Regular price
        Currently Unavailable $13.99
        Try the
        13 99
        13 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Rose Gold Rose 2021  Front Label
        Rose Gold Rose 2021
        Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
        • WW91
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Regular price
        Currently Unavailable $19.99
        Try the
        19 99
        19 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rose 2021  Front Label
        Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rose 2021
        Rosé from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Regular price
          Currently Unavailable $17.99
          Try the
          17 99
          17 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Rose 2021  Front Label
          Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Rose 2021
          Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
          • WW90
          4.8 26 Ratings
          Regular price
          Currently Unavailable $16.99
          Try the
          16 99
          16 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Cote des Roses Rose 2021  Front Label
          Cote des Roses Rose 2021
          Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
            3.5 8 Ratings
            Regular price
            Currently Unavailable $16.99
            Try the
            18
            16 99
            Save $1.01 (6%)
          • Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2020  Front Label
            Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2020
            Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Regular price
              Currently Unavailable $35.99
              Try the
              35 99
              35 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • La Vieille Ferme Rose 2021  Front Label
              La Vieille Ferme Rose 2021
              Rosé from France
                4.0 7 Ratings
                Regular price
                Currently Unavailable $7.99
                Try the
                7 99
                7 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Tuck Beckstoffer Hogwash Rose 2020  Front Label
                Tuck Beckstoffer Hogwash Rose 2020
                Rosé from California
                  3.8 6 Ratings
                  Regular price
                  Currently Unavailable $21.99
                  Try the
                  21 99
                  21 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Avaline Rose  Front Label
                  Avaline Rose
                  Rosé from Vin de France, France
                  • WW90
                  • TP90
                  4.0 583 Ratings
                  Regular price
                  Currently Unavailable $19.99
                  Try the
                  24
                  19 99
                  Save $4.01 (17%)
                • Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2021  Front Label
                  Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2021
                  Rosé from Rioja, Spain
                  • JS92
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Regular price
                  Currently Unavailable $15.99
                  Try the
                  15 99
                  15 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rose 2020  Front Label
                  Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Rose 2020
                  Rosé from La Mancha, Spain
                  • JS90
                  3.9 6 Ratings
                  Regular price
                  Currently Unavailable $7.99
                  Try the
                  7 99
                  7 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose 2021  Front Label
                  Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose 2021
                  Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    Regular price
                    Currently Unavailable $19.99
                    Try the
                    19 99
                    19 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Charles & Charles Rose 2020  Front Label
                    Charles & Charles Rose 2020
                    Rosé from Columbia Valley, Washington
                      4.0 9 Ratings
                      Regular price
                      Currently Unavailable $12.99
                      Try the
                      12 99
                      12 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2020  Front Label
                      Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2020
                      Rosé from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                        3.8 12 Ratings
                        Regular price
                        Currently Unavailable $23.99
                        Try the
                        23 99
                        23 99
                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                      • Henri Bourgeois Les Jeunes Vignes Sancerre Rose 2021  Front Label
                        Henri Bourgeois Les Jeunes Vignes Sancerre Rose 2021
                        Rosé from Sancerre, Loire, France
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Regular price
                          Currently Unavailable $25.99
                          Try the
                          25 99
                          25 99
                          Save $0.00 (0%)
                        • Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020  Front Label
                          Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020
                          Rosé from South Africa
                            3.7 9 Ratings
                            Regular price
                            Currently Unavailable $15.99
                            Try the
                            15 99
                            15 99
                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                          • Peyrassol Cuvee des Commandeurs Rose 2021  Front Label
                            Peyrassol Cuvee des Commandeurs Rose 2021
                            Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                              Regular price
                              Currently Unavailable $26.99
                              Try the
                              26 99
                              26 99
                              Save $0.00 (0%)
                            • Secret Indulgence Digression Rose 2020  Front Label
                              Secret Indulgence Digression Rose 2020
                              Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                Regular price
                                Currently Unavailable $20.99
                                Try the
                                20 99
                                20 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              • San Simeon Stefano Vineyard Rose of Grenache 2020  Front Label
                                San Simeon Stefano Vineyard Rose of Grenache 2020
                                Rosé from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                                • WE91
                                5.0 5 Ratings
                                Regular price
                                Currently Unavailable $22.99
                                Try the
                                22 99
                                22 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

                              Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
                              Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

                              It's easy to make the switch.
                              Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

                              Yes, Update Now

                              Search for ""

                              Processing Your Order...