Best Rosé Wines

By Dirk Smits

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’s 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 Top 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. Antica Terra Angelicall

Antica Terra Angelicall

Origin: Oregon, U.S.A.
Price: $90

This wine is made in an experimental method with surprisingly delicious results. The skins are macerated in the juice for about a week before the juice is filtered out, then it ages for a year before bottling. The result is a unique wine with intense red cherry and rhubarb flavor with an underlying hint of something masculine, spicy and mysterious.

> For more information, visit the Antica Terra official website.

2. Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado

Origin: Spain
Price: $13

This may not be the most complex or memorable wine on our list, but it’s one of the best rosés we’ve ever found under $15. It offers a lovely, tart freshness that begins on the nose and carries through to the finish with fresh squeezed citrus and a distinct, green apple note. Peaches and apricots round out the finish.

> For more information, visit the Bodegas Muga official website.

3. Bodvár No. 7 – House of Rosés

Bodvar Rosé No7

Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Price: $22

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.

> For more information, visit the Bodvár – House of Rosés official w

Watch our 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.

4. Château de Berne Inspiration 2018

Château de Berne Inspiration 2018

Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Price: $19.99

The true colors of Provençal rosés are captured in this bottle. On the nose, it is floral and clean, with fresh berries first then fresh herbs and flowers with a dry finish. With a harmony of bright acidity, rich texture and dry finish is a perfect choice for pairing with roasted chicken or grilled lobster.

> For more information, visit the Château de Berne official website.

Watch our exclusive interview with winemaker Alexis Cornu.

5. Domaine de Cala, Coteaux Varois en Provence 2020

Domaine de Cala, Coteaux Varois en Provence  2020

Origin: Provence, France
Price: $20

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) 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.

6. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rosé

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille rosé

Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Price: $45

This wine is quintessential Côtes de Provence. It’s a blend of Grenache with Cinsault and Syrah. Its finest feature is a silky texture that feels like satin on the tongue. But its flavors never disappoint with tart notes of citrus combined with juicy melon, hints of red berries and minerality on the finish.

> For more information, visit the Domaines Ott official website.

7. Domaine Tempier Rosé

Domaine Tempier rosé

Origin: Bandol, France
Price: $43

If you only ever taste one rosé in your life, you should consider making it this one from Domaine Tempier. Rosés from the Bandol region are special and this is among the best of the best. The wine has far more intensity than its pretty pink color would lead you to believe. A beautifully balanced wine, it offers aromas and flavors of peach and citrus with hints of pomegranate and spice.

> For more information, visit the Domaine Tempier official website.

8. The Larsen Projekt Grenache Rosé

The larsen Projekt grenache rosé

Origin: California, U.S.A.
Price: $18

This is a lovely, carefree rosé wine that’s good for both afternoon drinking and pairing with a meal. It offers hints of freshly cut grass, citrus and strawberries on the nose. It is crisp and clean in the mouth with restrained white peach and fresh strawberry flavors and a saline note on the finish that makes your tongue say, “more!”

> For more information, visit the The Larsen Projekt official website.

9. Lazy Creek Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

Lazy Creek Vineyard rosé of pinot noir

Origin: California, U.S.A.
Price: $19

As its name implies, this wine is made from 100% Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. There’s a delicacy to the aroma and flavors, which include fresh strawberries, honeysuckle, watermelon and tangerine acidity. It is a very pretty style of rosé that lingers long and leaves a lasting impression.

> For more information, visit the Lazy Creek Vineyards official website.

10. Macari Vineyards Rosé

Macari Vineyards rosé

Origin: New York, U.S.A.
Price: $20

This wine is a surprising find from Long Island. We love it for its fruit flavors, which smell and taste like summer in a glass. A perfect rosé for porch sipping, it offers notes of raspberries, ripe peaches and watermelon. On the finish there’s a lovely saline quality that makes the mouth water.

> For more information, visit the Macari Vineyards official website.

11. The Pale, Vin de Pays du Var Rosé 2020

The Pale, Vin de Pays du Var Rosé 2020

Origin: South of France
Varietals: mostly Grenache with Cinsault, Rolle and Syrah
Price: $17.00
ABV: 12.5%

Named after its transparent, pink color, The Pale by Sacha Lichine (creator of the iconic Provence rosé Whispering Angel) embodies all the characteristics of an authentic Rosé from Provence. The Pale’s design-forward label, inspired by early illustrations from The New Yorker and that period, evokes the vibrant design and intriguing glamour of the Roaring Twenties.

This rosé has an intriguing grey-light-orange color with light fruit notes, orange peel and flowers on the nose. The palate offers a sweet fruitiness, juicy acidity, a touch of minerality and a flowery finish.

> For more information, visit The Pale official Instagram account.

12. Susana Balbo Signature Rosé

Susana Balbo Signature Rosé

Origin: Argentina
Price: $20

Made from a combination of Malbec and Pinot Noir, this wine definitely stands out in the crowd. It has wonderful freshness and acidity. Its nose offers lovely, delicate floral and red fruit notes. In the mouth, this rosé offers strawberries, red cherries and minerality with a finish that lingers pleasingly long.

> For more information, visit the Susana Balbo Wines official website.

13. Triennes Rosé

Triennes rosé

Origin: France
Price: $15

This rosé may be the best buy on our list. Rarely do you find a wine with such balance and elegance for under $20. It’s a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Merlot. On the nose there are pretty notes of white flowers in summer. Its flavors are of strawberry, vanilla and a hint of lemon curd.

> For more information, visit the Triennes official website.

14. Valentini Cerasuolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Valentini Cerasuolo Montepulciano Dabruzzo

Origin: Italy
Price: $55

Unlike many of the rosés we know and love, this is a wine that’s meant to be aged. One of the pricier wines on our list, this is not one to sipped by the pool but a wine that will knock people’s socks off at a special dinner. Complex and intense, it offers layers of raspberries, black currants, roasted nuts and spice.

> For more information, visit the Valentini official website.