Collection: Rosé & Orange Wines

What is Rosé and how is it made?

Rosé wine, a delightful and versatile choice for wine enthusiasts in Northern Ireland, it stands out for its inviting pink hue and refreshing flavours. Understanding the production process can deepen your appreciation of this popular wine style.

Most grape juice, whether from red or white grapes, is initially clear when extracted from the fruit. However, in the creation of red wine, the juice undergoes a crucial step known as "maceration." During maceration, the juice remains in contact with the grape skins, which gradually imparts the finished wine with its rich red colour. This process contributes to the depth and character of the wine.

On the other hand, rosé wine is distinctive for its shorter skin contact. The grape skins are in contact with the juice for a limited period, often up to one day. This minimal contact results in the pale pink colour that is synonymous with rosé wines. The varying shades of pink seen in different rosés are a direct outcome of the duration of skin contact.

While rosé wines are enjoyed around the world, their true origins can be traced to Provence, a picturesque region in the South of France. For centuries, winemakers in Provence have perfected the art of crafting these delightful pink wines. They have set a benchmark for rosé production, influencing winemakers globally.
Additionally, rosé wines are celebrated in Italy, where they are referred to as "rosato," and in Spain, where they are known as "rosado." These regions have put their unique spin on the production of rosé, resulting in a diverse range of flavours and styles for wine enthusiasts to savour.

So, when you enjoy a glass of rosé wine in Northern Ireland, you're not just sipping a delightful pink wine – you're also experiencing a piece of wine history and tradition that has travelled from the sunny vineyards of Provence to your glass.