Rosé wine production: this is how it gets the characteristic pink colour
There are several methods of producing rosé wine, each of which creates a very distinct wine.
In the pressing method, the red wine grapes are pressed without prior mashing – just like in white wine production – and the must is fermented in the style of white wine.
In the maceration method, the crushed grapes (grape mash) rest for a while so that the colour and flavour leaches out from the skin. Unlike red wine, the grape mash for rosé rests only for a few hours so that the must colours only slightly.
In the saignée method, the grapes are mashed and after a few hours part of the must is drained off from the grape mash container. This light red-coloured must is processed to make rosé, while the remaining must in the grape mash becomes a robust red wine.
The grapes used for making the rosé wine have a decisive influence on its taste. At Heinemann you will find gloriously fresh rosés from Provence that are mainly produced in the Grenache and Syrah regions, as well as markedly fruity Italian rosé wines made from local grapes. Try the rosé wines from Germany and Spain as well – the Heinemann shop offers you an excellent selection.
Is that correct? The most important questions related to rosé wine
Does only France have good rosé wines?
France has been producing outstanding rosé wines since time immemorial. However, in recent years, other traditional red wine countries like Italy and Spain have also had very good rosés to offer – and even Germany should no longer have any fear of international comparison when it comes to production of rosé wines.
Is rosé only suitable as an aperitif?
A sprightly, tangy rosé is the perfect prelude to a meal. However, the fruity character of the wine, with its pronounced acidity, also beautifully complements salads, seafood and fish dishes. Goat cheese in particular, pairs wonderfully with a good rosé wine.
Can I store rosé wine?
Rosé wines can usually be stored for a maximum of two years, as rosé contains only a very small amount of the preservative tannins from the skin of red grapes. We generally recommend buying small amounts of rosé more frequently from Heinemann.
Light and fruity – buy elegant rosé wines in the Heinemann shop
Discover the range and quality of international rosé wines in the Heinemann shop. Elegant rosés from Provence, the Loire, the Palatinate and other growing regions will delight you. New Heinemann Special Offers give you the opportunity to buy a rosé at a considerably lower price. Order online up to 90 days before your date of departure and Heinemann will deliver your order conveniently to your doorstep.