Rosé can be made by leaving the skins of red grapes as part of the wine-making process for a little while, or by mixing red and white wines. Our climate means that grapes typically used for red wine, but not achieving sufficient ripeness in a given year, may still make an excellent rosé.
A recent article on a tasting of rosé wines suggested that factors judges were looking for included the following:
We looked at recent UKVA award winners and did a quick survey of people who know what they are talking about in the world of English wine and asked them to recommend good rosé wines from the UK, both still and sparkling. Those with a cellar door open to the public are as shown below.
Other vineyards and brands producing respected rosé wines in the UK, but not open to the public include Bluebell, Digby Fine English, English Oak, Gusbourne Estate, Hoffman & Rathbone and Wiston Estate.