Style of Wine - Rosé

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:

  • That tasters are more drawn to Rosés that echo the characteristics of white wines rather than reds.
  • Pale colour is seen as a positive attribute. Deeper colours less so.
  • Freshness is key.
  • Tasters are looking for texture rather than weight.
  • The wines that fared best would probably be considered suitable to be consumed as both aperitifs and with food.

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.

Rose Bank Vineyard

Rose Bank Vineyard

Open by appointment
Stopham Vineyard

Stopham Vineyard

Seasonal opening
a’Beckett’s Vineyard

a’Beckett’s Vineyard

Open all year
Ridgeview Wine Estate

Ridgeview Wine Estate

Open all year
Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies Wine Estate

Open all year
Court Garden Vineyard

Court Garden Vineyard

Open all year
Wraxall Wines

Wraxall Wines

Open by appointment
Halfpenny Green Vineyard

Halfpenny Green Vineyard

Open all year
Giffords Hall Vineyard

Giffords Hall Vineyard

Open all year
Parva Farm Vineyard

Parva Farm Vineyard

Open all year
Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

Open all year
Chapel Down

Chapel Down

Open all year
Hush Heath Vineyard

Hush Heath Vineyard

Open all year
New Hall Vineyard

New Hall Vineyard

Open all year
Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard

Open all year
Jenkyn Place

Jenkyn Place

Tours and events only
Eastcott Vineyard

Eastcott Vineyard

Seasonal opening
Lily Farm Vineyard

Lily Farm Vineyard

Open all year
Sharpham Estate

Sharpham Estate

Seasonal opening
Yearlstone Vineyard

Yearlstone Vineyard

Not open to the public