The rosé is a typical summer wine. Its most famous representatives come from Provence – Château d'Esclans is one of the best-known producers there.

The rosé is a typical summer wine. Its most famous representatives come from Provence – Château d'Esclans is one of the best-known producers there.
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Pink journey through Europe: The best from the international Rosé Trophy

Wine Inspiration
Summer

Falstaff teams in four countries tasted a total of 700 wines to select this summer's rosé favorites. We present the best of the best outside Austria, Germany and Switzerland here.

In Italy, rosé wine is called Rosato. The first Rosato was produced in Salento, the boot heel of the Apennine Peninsula, in 1943. A second area with a rosé tradition is also located in Apulia, a little further north near Castel del Monte. There, the Bombino Nero grape has its own DOCG designation of origin as a rosé. At the tip of the boot, in Calabria, the Cirò Rosatolangeis a household name. In Abruzzo, rosé wines made from the Montepulciano grape are widespread, where they are called Cerasuolo, thanks to the cherry-red color of the wines. Rosé wines also have a long tradition in Bardolino on the south-eastern shore of Lake Garda. There, the rosé is called Chiaretto di Bardolino. On the opposite bank, Valtenesi Rosato is made from the Groppello grape. In South Tyrol, the Lagrein Kretzer is produced from the intensely colored Lagrein after a few hours of maceration. Tuscany has also been one of the major suppliers of Rosati for a decade.

Italy – Still wines Rosé

Bright onion skin colour. Opens delicately on the nose with fine dark and spicy notes. Elegant creaminess on the palate, precise and with a subtle grip, fruity and bitter onto the long finish.
Alto Adige, Italy
Clear, rich salmon pink. Finely drawn, appealing nose of pink grapefruit, watermelon and strawberry. Juicy on the palate with good tension, flows smoothly over the tongue, with a blood orange finish.
Veneto, Italy

Italy – Sparkling wines Rosé

Bright apricot with persistent mousse. On the nose, yeast, milk chocolate, cold smoke, then some buttery brioche, citrus and stone fruit in the aftertaste, as well as iodine. On the palate great fruit and small-pearled mousse, precise, vertical, constantly juicy and slightly salty on the finish.
Lombardia, Italy
Intense orange-pink with persistent mousse. Elegant, fragrant and inviting nose of flint, ripe orange, with subtle hints of honey and dried apricot, delicate herbal fragrance. Exciting and salty on the palate, with very well-integrated fruit and mousse, balanced, very elegant, with a taut acidity on the finish.
Piedmont, Italy
Light coral pink with a flint core. Dense and inviting on the nose, with aromas of brioche, baked apple, honey and a hint of ginger. Very fine mousse on the palate, beautiful alternation of tart fruit and invigorating acidity, very long.
Lombardia, Italy

THE BEST ROSÉS FROM ITALY

When people think of rosé, they often think of Provence first – no other wine-growing region in the world is as closely associated with this wine color as the southern French vacation region. According to figures from the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP), 90 percent of producers in the three appellations Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence made rosé wine in the 2022 vintage. A total of 157 million bottles, which corresponds to 43 percent of French rosé production and around six percent of all rosé wines in the world. It is therefore hardly surprising that almost all rosé producers in the world emulate the Rosé de Provence, the light, fruity, fresh rosé that conveys an attitude to life like almost no other wine - sun, sea, beach and total lightness.

France Still wines

Light bronze yellow, light reddish tinge. Fine nuances of nougat and vanilla, ripe quinces, subtle use of wood, a finely nutty bouquet reminiscent of ripe Meursault. Juicy, elegant, ripe pear fruit, silky texture, well-balanced acidity, highly elegant and finishing with a hint of caramel, harmonious and subtle in the finish.
Cabrières, France
Bright salmon pink. Intense nose characterised by fine oak notes, joined by rooibos, passion fruit and lime blossom. Firm, full-bodied palate, very complex, juicy structure with fleur du sel and Garrigue herbs. Creamy finish with refreshing grapefruit and some stewed quince lingering for a long time. An exceptional, opulent rosé still characterised by youthful tannins!
Cotes de Provence, France
Brilliant salmon pink with orange reflections. Initially there is a light oak spiciness, with aromas of blood orange, fresh lychee and sloe in the air. Youthful, taut palate with finely spiced tannins, very finely balanced acidity. The creamy finish delights with a pleasant ginger spiciness and nuances of milk chocolate. An elegant rosé with a certain kick.
Cotes de Provence, France

France Champagne

Strong copper red, orange reflections, very fine, persistent mousse. Fine nuances of preserved cherry, cranberry, candied mandarin zest, a hint of herbs, mineral undertones. Taut, white apple, nuances of currant, lively acid structure, salty notes, lime on the finish, a finesse-rich style, good length and assured ageing potential, a dry, taut food companion.
Montagne de Reims, France
Bright ruby red. Multi-layered, intense bouquet: first blackberry, elderberry, sour cherry, followed by notes of liquorice and freshly ground red pepper. Plucky and full-bodied on the palate, rich in extracts, complemented by fine, precise acidity and a refreshing mousse. Stylish, complex length. A great, versatile accompaniment to food.
Champagne, France
Bright salmon pink with copper coloured reflections. Clear berry fruit of fresh raspberry, redcurrant and a hint of Elstar apple on the nose. Cultivated, animating mousse on the palate, medium complexity. Fruity sweet components and harmonious, juicy freshness make this a tasty pleasure to drink.

Rest of Europe

Medium salmon pink, copper reflections, lively mousse. Floral nuances, a hint of nutmeg and elderflower, in the background a little hibiscus and blossom honey. Juicy, white apple, lively lemony and mineral finish, an animating style, ideal for the terrace.
Stajerska Slovenija, Slovenia
Medium salmon pink, fine copper reflections. Delicate notes of red forest berries, fresh apple, floral nuances, a hint of blossom honey and lime. Juicy, elegant, a hint of orange fruit, fine acidity, balanced, a multi-faceted food companion.
Intense, brilliant cherry pink with orange reflections. On the nose initially of burnt, smoky paprika, opening up after a little time to crisp cranberries, raspberries, then a little incense, with a yeasty aftertaste. Juicy on the palate, with stubborn fruit on red bell peppers, albeit balanced and with an animating, salty phenolics, for southern dishes.

THE BEST ROSÉS FROM EUROPE


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Othmar Kiem
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Peter Moser
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Simon Staffler
Head Of Tastings Falstaff Italien
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