Rosé wine at the «Die Winzer kommen» event at Restaurant TerrasseRosé wine at the «Die Winzer kommen» event at Restaurant Terrasse

Rosé wine is made from red grapes

Rosé is produced in the same process as red wine. The only difference is that the must stays in contact with the grape skins (which is where the colour comes from) for just a short time.

Whether white, red or rosé: to make a wine, you need ripe grapes, yeast – and time.

Step 1
The winemaker harvests the ripe red wine grapes.

Step 2
The grapes are destemmed and crushed.

Step 3
The resulting mash rests for several days before being pressed.

Step 4
The winemaker clarifies the cloudy grape juice.

Step 5
Yeast helps kickstart the alcoholic fermentation.

Step 6
Optional: malolactic fermentation (MLF). This process imparts a buttery flavour to the rosé wine.

Step 7
Storage or maturation in wooden barrels or stainless steel tanks.

Step 8
The wine is bottled, corked, labelled and of course: put on the market!

Alternatively, rosé wine can also be produced with immediate pressing. If the winemaker only wants minimal colouring, he will press the grapes immediately – without letting the mash sit. It is generally not permitted to blend white and red wines in the EU. The sole exception to this rule is rosé Champagne. The rules are different in the New World. The grapes are often mixed there, especially to produce affordable rosé wines.

Production process

Rosé production diagramRosé production diagram
Rosé production diagramRosé production diagram

Our wine recommendations

  1. - +
    Italy, Abruzzo
    100 % Montepulciano

    75 cl
    Centovie Rosato – Colli Apruntini igt, Umani Ronchi
    Special Price CHF12.00 Regular Price CHF14.00


  2. - +
    Italy, Tuscany

    75 cl
    Gemella rosato – Toscana igt, Tenuta Vallocaia
  3. - +
    Italy, Puglia
    100 % Negroamaro

    75 cl
    Calafuria – Salento igt, Tormaresca

Even more wine expertise

Myths from the world of wine

Putting a spoon in an open bottle of Champagne? We have a better idea…

The ideal serving temperature

How cold should my wine be? Our wine experts reveal the answer.

Diam corks

Innovative Diam corks make «corked wine» a thing of the past.