The 14 Best Rosé Wines of 2023
The Best Rosé Wines to Sip & Drink
Almost nothing is more refreshing than an icy cold glass of rosé. A style of wine enjoyed by both white and red wine drinkers, rosé is the thing to drink when the weather is warm. That said, the growing popularity of this pink drink proves you can #roseallday any time of year.
Rosé is produced when red wine grapes are prevented from having extended skin contact. It is the skin contact that gives reds their tannic structure and robust flavors. Without that extra contact, the resulting wines tend to be fresh and clean with color ranging from a faint blush to a robust ruby. At one time, rosés were most popular in the Mediterranean, but today rosés are made around the world.
Find the Best Rosé Wines with GAYOT’s taste-tested selection that includes both incredibly affordable and more splurge-worthy finds. These selections are presented in alphabetical order.
1. Bertani, Bertarose 2022 | Verona, Italy
Origin: Verona, Italy
Varietals: 50% Corvina, 30% Molinara, 10% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella
Bertarose is a historic Bertani wine produced since the 1930s. Today it has been given a modern makeover in order to bring out the fresh and pleasant features much sought after in a rosé. The excellent microclimate in the inland hills of Lake Garda, combined with an expert use of the varietals and rigorous care in the vineyard, enables Bertani to produces this fresh and well-balanced rosé.
The wine displays a pretty rose coral color. The nose is delicately scented with red fruit and flower petals. The round palate is lush with red berries, lemon zest and a hint of mineral.
> For more information, visit Bertani official website.
2. Bodvár No. 7 – House of Rosés | Provence, France
Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Varietals: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
The Bodvár No. 7 is an elegant rosé that displays delicate scents of light raspberry, subtle orange blossom and lean melon, all backed by tantalizing crisp citrus notes on the palate. This cuvée delivers springtime freshness and is a great way to start your summer! This is a wine that pairs well with salads, chicken, seafood and risotto dishes.
> Watch GAYOT’s exclusive interview with Bodvár Hafström from Bodvár – House of Rosés, the man who invented, in 2014, National Rosé Day on the second Saturday of June.
> For more information, visit the Bodvár – House of Rosés official website
3. Bouchaine, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2022 | Carneros, Napa Valley
Origin: Carneros, Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in Carneros, a region located on the southern tip of Napa Valley. In the late 1880’s, a Missouri-born settler named Boon Fly planted grapes and fruit trees on the property. An Italian winemaker named Johnny Garetto bought the land in 1927 and farmed it until 1961, when he sold to Beringer. Twenty years later, the dilapidated winery was purchased by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland who made it into a state of the art winery.
This light salmon colored rosé delivers strawberry, watermelon, apples and some flower notes. The palate is delicate and refined showing more apples and strawberry, all wrapped up in bright acidity.
> For more information, visit Bouchaine official website.
4. Capezzana, Vin Ruspo, Barco Reale di Carmignano 2022 | Tuscany, Italy
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo
Located in the tiny Carmignano subzone of Tuscany, Capezzana has been a standard bearer for Tuscan winemaking for centuries. The estate, which can trace its origins back to 804 AD, is now in the hands of the fifth generation of Contini Bonacossi family leadership. Though they had long farmed without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides, the winery and vineyards achieved official Organic certification in 2009.
Capezzana’s Vin Ruspo Rosato di Carmignano has origins in the region’s ancient sharecropping system. Farmers would siphon off, or ruspare, portions of the landowner’s grape must during wine production to make their own wines for personal consumption. Because this would have occurred early in the fermentation process, the wines were light in color, much like the rosatos of today.
This salmon-colored rosato shows aromas of red berries, flower petals and cinnamon spice. The palate is soft with well-balanced acidity, showing ripe red fruit and a touch of mineral.
> For more information, visit Tenute Capezzana official website.
5. Château de Berne Inspiration 2022 | Provence, France
The history of Château de Berne dates back to the 18th century, when the property was first established as a farmstead. The current owners, the Lurton family, acquired the property in the 1990s and restored the historic buildings, including the château, which dates back to the 18th century. Today, the estate includes 1,200 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields, as well as a luxury hotel and spa.
The true colors of Provençal rosés are captured in this bottle. On the nose, there are grapefruit, citrus blossom, and strawberry aromas. Before the dry finish, enjoy strawberry, bing cherry, fresh herbs, lavender and a hint of fennel flavors on the palate. The wine is made from organic grapes. With a harmony of bright acidity, rich texture and dry finish, this is a perfect choice for pairing with roasted chicken or grilled lobster.
> Watch GAYOT’s exclusive interview with winemaker Alexis Cornu to learn more about Château de Berne.
> For more information, visit the Château de Berne official website.
6. Domaine de la Bégude, Irréductible, Bandol 2021 | Provence, France
Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache
Overlooking the Mediterranean, this estate in Bandol consists of 53 acres of vineyards surrounded by forests and olive groves at about 1,200 feet above sea level. With a mixture of poor clay and limestone soils, the cooling influence of the sea and the powerful Mistral wind, the grapes enjoy perfect conditions to ripen slowly in the often very warm climate of the region. This certified organic wine spends two months on the lees to enhance its viscosity and character. Unlike many rosés, this wine is capable of ageing for several years.
The wine shows a deep copper, almost red color with aromas of ripe, red fruit, floral and spice. The palate boasts spices, red currant, cherry and orange zest. This rosé is chewy and substantial with fresh, lively acidity.
> For more information, visit Domaine de la Bégude official website.
7. Domaine de Cala, Classic Rosé 2022 | Provence, France
Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 46% Grenache 41% Cinsault, 10.5% Tolle, 2.5% Syrah
The history of Domaine de Cala dates back to the 14th century. It was then called Domaine de Pourraques, from the Provençal name of the small white daffodils that lined the land. It was not until much later that the estate became a wine-growing operation. At the time, the vineyard covered only 60 acres and produced rosé wine sold mainly in bulk.
In 2015, chef Joachim Splichal (from the famed, but since shuttered, Patina restaurant in Los Angeles, CA) took over the property and renamed it Domaine de Cala, in reference to the elegant calla, a colorful flower in the shape of a chalice. Today, about 100 acres of vines flourish on the hillsides, to the song of cicadas and birds.
The wine has a peach pink color with brilliant reflections. The nose reveals lemon, grapefruit and stone fruit. The palate delivers citrus and apricots wrapped in juicy acidity and a saline minerality.
> For more information, visit the Domaine de Cala official website.
8. Domaines Ott, Château de Romassan 2021 | Bandol, France
Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 55% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 15% Grenache
Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. He bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provençal wines from noble grape varietals. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes-de-Provence).
Château Romassan is located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone, and marine upper cretaceous marls. The Bandol appellation is known for its terraced landscapes built from the hard stone with vines, which are planted into vast terraces with varying exposures. The sea air from the bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall.
This 2021 reveals a light peach color with aromas of peach, strawberry, grapefruit and spices. The medium-bodied palate is silky in texture, offering flavors of blood orange, peaches, strawberry, spice and mineral. Densely packed and showing fresh acidity, this wine ends very long on the finish.
> For more information, visit Domaines Ott official website.
9. Domaine Paul Mas, Côté Mas, Rosé Aurore 2022 | Languedoc, France
Origin: Languedoc, France
Varietal: 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah
Price: $12.50 – 1 liter
Domaine Paul Mas is a well-known winery located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. It was founded by Jean-Claude Mas, a winemaker from a long line of vignerons, in 2000. The winery is named after his father, Paul Mas, and is known for producing a wide range of high-quality wines.
This Rosé Aurore displays a nice salmon color. The nose offers red fruit, spice and floral aromas. The flavor profile is marked by red berries, watermelon, candied orange peel and savory acidity.
> For more information, visit Domaine Paul Mas official website.
10. Fiddlehead, Pink Fiddle 2022 | Sta. Rita Hills, California
Origin: Sta. Rita Hills, California
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Fiddlehead Cellars is a winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, United States. It was founded in 1989 by Kathy Joseph, who is also the winemaker. The winery specializes in producing small-lot, handcrafted wines, with a focus on cool-climate varietals, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The name “Fiddlehead” refers to the tightly coiled, young shoots of a fern, which resemble the neck of a violin or fiddle. This name reflects the winery’s commitment to capturing the youthful energy and potential of the grapes they work with.
The wine shows a deeper pink color and a delicate bouquet of cherries, strawberries and spice. Bright acidity carries the fruit on the palate to a long, juicy finish.
> For more information, visit Fiddlehead Cellars official website.
11. Inman Family, Endless Crush, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2022 | Sonoma, California
Origin: Russian River, Sonoma, California
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
This 2022 vintage of Endless Crush is made entirely from their “Sonoma County Sustainable” — certified Olivet Grange estate fruit from the Russian River Valley.
Some rosés are made as a byproduct of red wine by bleeding off (saigner) some of the juice early in the production process to create a higher ratio of skin to juice, which will concentrate the resultant red wine. This rosé is not made in this manner. The intention from the start was to create a rosé separate from their Pinot Noir. Rosés made this way, rather than simply by drawing off the free-run juice, tend to have greater complexity and structure because the entire cluster is destemmed and then the grapes are pressed within a few hours of destemming.
The wine shows a delicate pale pink color. The nose opens up with aromas of grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and watermelon. The palate echoes the nose, lots of fruity flavors, refreshing acidity and a long, grippy finish.
> For more information, visit Inman Family official website.
12. Maison Lorgeril, Ô de Rosé 2022 | Languedoc, France
Origin: Languedoc, France
Varietal: 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Viognier
Maison Lorgeril is a winery owned by the Lorgeril family. It is based in Pennautier, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The winery is known for its expertise in organic and biodynamic farming practices. They prioritize sustainable viticulture methods, which involve minimizing the use of chemicals and working in harmony with nature to promote biodiversity and soil health.
The wine shows a pale-pink color, a refreshing nose with hints of citrus, flowers and berries. The palate brings back the red berry notes, complemented by juicy acidity and a touch of mineral.
> For more information, visit Maison Lorgeril official website.
13. Masseria Li Veli, Susumaniello, Salento Rosato 2022 | Puglia, Italy
Origin: Salento, Puglia, Italy
Varietal: 100% Susumaniello
Li Veli is one of the benchmark producers in Southern Italy’s Puglia region (the “heel” of the boot). Purchased in 1999 by the Falvo family with the vision of establishing a new benchmark of quality in the region, Li Veli produces quintessentially Puglian wines from mostly native grape varietals which are naturally suited to the area’s hot and sunny Mediterranean climate. This wine is made of a lesser-known grape varietal, the rare Susumaniello.
This interesting rosé reveals aromas of pink grapefruit, blood orange, watermelon and sweet spice. It has a balanced texture, with a core of red fruit, good acidity and finishes on a mineral note.
> For more information, visit Li Veli official website.
14. Ultimate Provence, Rosé 2022 | Provence, France
Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 10% Rolle
Located thirty minutes from Saint-Tropez, the 100-acre estate surrounds a boutique hotel and winery. To make a statement, the buildings are in a very modern style — and it makes it quite fun to stay and dine at Ultimate Provence (see photos below). The vines are over forty years old. The team here practices sustainable farming techniques.
The wine shows a pale pink color. Aromas of raspberry, flowers and spices fill the nose. The palate flashes red berries and spices, all wrapped in good acidity and solid structure coming from the Syrah grape.
Part of the experience with this wine is the bottle itself. It looks like a perfume flacon from Grasse. We are pretty sure you will keep it and use it as a water carafe.
> For more information, visit Ultimate Provence official website.
> A small tour of Ultimate Provence Hotel & Spa