How is rosé wine made?

Many wrongly believe that it is simply a mixture of white and red wine. The vinification of rosé wines has though its own rules!

The must should come from red or reddish grapes, which according to the method is:

– Rosé (from pressing), i.e. from direct pressing of the grapes, as in white winemaking. In dark red varieties, the pigments are immediately extracted into the must, which acquires a rose color.

– Rosé (from extraction), i.e. with the must remaining for a few hours with the grapes, with simultaneous cooling, before the start of fermentation. 

The must is then fermented as in white winemaking. Note that the blending with must from white varieties is allowed!