Making a Rosé Style Wine

Updated: Jul 4, 2020

Like it or not, 2018 may very well be the year of Rosé style wine. Rosé wine is a pink wine that is made from red wine grapes, with the skins only contributing the slightest bit of color. In traditional red wine making, a great amount of effort goes into extracting every bit of color and intensity from the grape skins. To achieve this, the wine is fermented on the skins for as long as the winemaker can get away with it, which is often 18 days or more. When making a rosé, just the opposite is the case, with skin contact time ranging from 2 to 24 hours generally.