From pale pinks to darker hues, to still, varietal, blended, or bubbly, rosé wines are produced all over the style spectrum-- and we have a special place in our hearts for just about all of them. Rosé production goes much further than just Provence; in fact, the world of rosé vinification encompasses an entire globe of regions, featuring an array of grape varieties and preferred production methods. Not sure where to look? Here’s a quick survey of our favorite rosé producing appellations around the world.
It’s impossible to talk rosé without Provence immediately coming to mind. Known as the wine world’s most prestigious region for pink wine, Provence takes the credit for truly putting the rosé wine ‘category’ on the map. Rosés from Provence tend to be lighter in color and higher in acid, perfect for sipping poolside on a warm, sunny days. Higher quality bottles from reputable producers are great options to lay down for a few years (yes, great rosés can stand the test of time!) Popular grape varieties for Provencal rose are Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre, Vermentino (Rolle), and more.
Pair rosés from Provence with your favorite cheeses and charcuterie
Located 150 miles from Nice, the island of Corsica sits smack in the middle of the salty Mediterranean Sea. Sunny temperatures and salty sea breezes greatly influence the viticultural scene here, giving way to rosés full of fresh, red fruit flavors, as well as saline-tinged undertones and zesty acidity. Here, notable grape varieties used for Corsican rosé production are Nielluccio, Grenache, Sciacarello, and Vermentino.
A hotbed for fizzy pét-nats and spunky natural wines, the Loire’s rosé scene is pretty unique. From the Pinot Noir based rosés of Sancerre, to the Cabernet Franc dominant pinks of Anjou, to the array of miscellaneous pét-nats and sparklings in between, there’s really a style of rosé for everyone in this diverse region. Gamay and Grolleau are also popular for rosé (and red) production, crafting refreshing wines full of crunchy red berry flavors.
Many wine drinkers tend to skip right over Italy and look to France for rosé; as much as we love French wines, this is a terrible mistake! Italy makes some super interesting rosé wines, from the bubbles of Franciacorta all the way to the Sangiovese-based pinks of Tuscany. However, it’s Piedmont where we fulfill our rosé cravings. Known locally as rosato, the wines are mainly produced from indigenous varieties, including Nebbiolo and Freisa.
For far too long, California had the reputation for big, boisterous reds and over oaked Chardonnays-- thankfully, the stereotype has been broken. The Golden State has actually become a hotbed for seriously made wines, specifically single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, cool climate Chards, and refreshing California rosés. Some of our favorite pink bottles come from the southerly Santa Barbara region, specifically from the Santa Ynez Valley and Ballard Canyon. Grape varieties range all over the spectrum.
Bubbly or rosé, that is the question. With rosé Champagne, you can have your cake and eat it too. Viticulture’s unofficial king of sparkling wine is undoubtedly special, though when served up pink, becomes slightly more special. Take pure, pristine bubbles, add a splash of still Pinot Noir, and you’ve got yourself a deliciously thirst-quenching experience. And while sipping from the big houses is certainly fine, we tend to gravitate towards smaller grower-producers for unique, artisanally produced bottles.
And for a few ‘off the beaten path’ options…
Some regions and grape varieties are no-brainers when it comes to rosé, however, here at Verve, we love to shed light on off the beaten path regions and varieties. Lately, we can’t get enough of Blaufrankisch rosé, especially when crafted in Hungary or New York’s Finger Lakes region. Not sure where to find them? No worries, we definitely have a few laying around…