From deliciously smooth, budget-friendly buys to sparkling bougie bottles when you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, here’s our pick of the best rosé wine for drinking pink this summer.
Whether it’s the palest of pinks from Provence, a deliciously dark style, or a sparkling English wine, the taste of a light, fresh and chilled rosé simply can’t be beaten – especially when paired with an alfresco meal or a picnic in the park with pals. To ensure you’re drinking only the best blushes, we’ve rounded up the best bottles worth buying this year…
The Best Rosé Wine To Serve This Summer
Anything Château d’Esclans produces is a safe choice, but the original Whispering Angel is fresh, floral, elegant and the perfect rosé wine to start off a great evening.
Yes, it’s the trendiest of rosé brands, but in addition to style, it’s also got substance – it’s a super-fresh vino with bags of red berries and a smooth finish.
A beautiful offering from a multi-award winning Hampshire winery, Hattingley Valley embodies everything you want a sparkling rosé to be: delicate, fruity, pale pink and elegant, with a beautifully designed bottle and utterly charming packaging.
It’s fruity on the nose with notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries, with pink grapefruit and just a hint of marshmallow on the palate. One of the more expensive bottles on our list (though still quite affordable given the quality), but 100% worth splashing out on, and perfect for a special occasion.
Whilst a wine from a pop princess might initially be looked at with scepticism, Kylie’s signature rosé wine is surprisingly delightful. It’s super easy to drink, and we adore the delicate, fruity, crisp profile, with refreshing notes of summer berries and white blossom that would pair well with a Mediterranean salad or seafood spread.
It makes a great, affordable choice to bring round a friend’s for a dinner party.
A sunny, Provence-style rosé with plenty of red summer berries and citrus flavours, this offering from pink drink aficionados Mirabeau has been described by raving reviewers as “Provence in a glass”. And we can certainly see why.
Fresh as a summer’s day, aromas of pink grapefruit, lychee, blackcurrant and mandarin are beautifully balanced, with a bright, mouth-watering finish that keeps you coming back for more.
Chances are you’re already familiar with Quatre Vin – the rosé co-founded by Made in Chelsea’s Oliver and model Emma-Louise Proudlock.
Crack open a bottle of this and you’ll be rewarded with juicy stone fruit, strawberries and a well-balanced floral touch. Crisp, bone dry and the palest of pale pinks, Quatre Vin is the kind of rosé you could happily drink all day.
Perfect for sipping as an aperitivo, amie is fresh, dry and beautifully balanced, packed with fruity red berries and floral cherry blossom. It’s also particularly food-friendly, pairing well with fish, salads and grilled chicken. Best served cold on a summer’s day, but you couldn’t find a more perfect bottle for Valentine’s Day either.
Even better – £1 per order is donated to charity:water to help bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
If a rich and powerful rosé is the order of the day, Rock Angel ticks all the boxes. More complex than its Whispering Angel sibling, this wine is complex, creamy, and ranks highly on our list for taste.
Expect red berry aromas, floral hints, and just a hint of spice with an acidic, silky finish.
A total winner when paired with small plates like ceviche or bruschetta, this bright, fresh vegan rosé prosecco is fruity, creamy (and most importantly, bubbly), with berries and rhubarb on the nose, and a smooth finish.
Elegant, pale coral pink in colour, it’s a perfectly pink drink for Valentine’s day, and the ultimate Italian drink come summer. As far as proseccos go, we really rave about this one.
This rosé wine is made by Soho House – the private members club that’s the epitome of cool, adored by fashionable creatives around the world. So it’s only fitting that their rosé follows suit. Light-bodied and thirst-quenching, it boasts wonderfully refreshing aromas of pink grapefruit, red cherry and strawberry, with subtle floral hints.
The bottle is also stunning, designed by none other than Damien Hirst. You’ll find it served in a number of high-end restaurants and bars across London – from Annabel’s and Sexy Fish, to Cecconi’s and The Ivy, and of course, Soho House itself, but if you’re looking for a beautiful, bougie bottle to gift, this is certainly a great choice.
Another winner from English wine producers Hattingley Valley, their STILL Rosé is super refreshing, with deep fruity flavours of sweet cherries and raspberries on the palate, and notes of grapefruit, pomegranate, fresh strawberries and blossom on the nose.
Perfectly pale, with a stunning bottle for gifting (and that includes gifts to yourself), it’s best served ice cold on a leisurely sunny afternoon in the garden.
Domaines Ott has been making rosé for over 110 years, and they still pick their grapes by hand from a vineyard that stretches down as far as the beach. The finish on this wine is then, by no surprise, as fresh as a sea breeze, created from the ideal climate conditions to produce extremely rare rosé perfection.
With fruity notes of white peach and candied citrus, and a silky smoothness to impress the most discerning of wine drinkers, the pearly hue of this prestigious wine along with its stunning bottle make this the ideal rosé for gifting.
Provence rosés are often seen as the pinnacle of elegance, and a fail-safe Provence to look out for when you’re in the mood for a refreshing rosé is this one from Miraval.
This rosé is full of fruity flavours, with strawberries, rhubarb, peach yoghurt and nectarines at the fore, and hints of nutty notes on the finish. It’s a beautiful, glamourous option to have in your wine rack – unsurprising really, when the estate used to be owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
This summer-ready rosé is straight out of Daylesford’s organic vineyard in Provence. You’ll get notes of pear with layers of more exotic aromas from Provencal herbs.
Zingy, with thirst-quenching acidity on the finish, it’s a crowd-pleasing blush that’s a failsafe option for dinner parties.
Beautifully deep in colour, Harvey Nichols Cotswolds Pinot Rosé radiates subtle strawberry and raspberry notes with concentrated aromas of pink grapefruit zest, lemon, strawberries and cream, tangy raspberry sorbet, rhubarb and beachy sea spray.
Don’t be put off by the colour – some of the darker rosés are really worth trying, especially with seafood – and if you’re looking for a home-grown English rosé, straight out of the Cotswolds, then this is a perfect choice.
Australian winemakers Brown Brothers have created something a little different with this next generation rosé. Vibrant and fruity, it brings honeydew melon, guava, and delicate strawberry together with a palate of fresh citrus and rose petal.
A little sweet and a little lively, it’s vegan friendly and pairs perfectly with sunshine.
Freixenet makes some of the most beautiful wine bottles around, and just like its ever-popular prosecco counterpart, this budget-friendly buy will make you feel like you’re on holiday – even if that’s just in your local park.
Full of red cherries and thirst-quenching strawberries, serve as an aperitif with light, spicy dishes as a precursor to lunch.
This one’s for the Whispering Angel lovers. A less expensive and more accessible rosé option from the same makers, The Pale, Rosé by Sacha Lichine is the ideal accompaniment to luxurious lunches in the garden.
The bottle is playful, beautiful, and great value for the quality inside. Aromatic, fresh and bone dry, with aromas of peach and pink grapefruit.
And for something a little different…
Rozél takes the fruity flavours of rosé wine up a notch by adding vodka into the mix. One of the UK’s first rosé vodkas, this new drink is inspired by late lunch serves and balmy nights in Provence. It pairs perfectly with Fever-Tree’s Raspberry and Rose lemonade, or if you’re into more floral notes, try it served with elderflower cordial and soda for an easy spritz-style serve.
Whether you’re hosting at home or you’re bringing a bottle of this to your next picnic, it’s the perfect drink to sip in the sunshine.