Who says Rosé is just for the Summer? Rosé is growing in popularity across Australia and whilst we’re lucky to have a great range of local Rosé wines, we’re also seeing a growing range of Rosé arrive from the French region of Provence.
More than just a passing trend, rosé has become an integral part of today’s society as across the globe consumer trends have changed. Palates are evolving; looking for refinement, not just refreshment and drinkers are demonstrating a preference for dry, light-coloured rosés. Provence’s winemakers are recognised experts in these types of wine, and France is the largest producer of rose in the world, 31% in 2015.
Recently, ‘Rendez-Vous in Provence’ a trade and media focused program showcased 16 producers from Provence who are bringing an exciting range of wines including some new to wines our shores.
Since 2011 exports from Provence to Australia have risen each year showing especially impressive growth of + 127% between 2015 and 2016.
Provence is the world reference on rosé. With 2600 years of experience, the ideal terroir, and 89% of its production dedicated to rosé, this unique region has 543 winegrowers and 100 wine trading companies that each year produce the equivalent of 176 million bottles of wine. The vast majority – 89% – of this is rose. Provence is known for the Rosé with three distinct appellations creating the most beautiful and diverse Rosé wines: Côtes de Provence Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Coteaux Varois en Provence.
Provence is France’s leading producer of AOP rosé wines representing 42% of domestic production.
The wineries that took part included Château de Saint-Martin, a beautiful estate established in 1740 and passed through the generations to today where the Chateau is a vineyard, castle and hotel.
Other wineries that took part in Vins de Provence included:
- Château d’Esclans – Domaines Sacha Lichine – Whispering Angel
- Château de Brégançon
- Château Paradis
- Château de Roquefeuille
- Château Saint Julien
- Domaine de la Sanglière
- Domaine des Féraud
- Domaine Tour Campanets
- Estandon Vignerons
- Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’Ile de Saint-Tropez
- Pure Provence – Opaline
- Vignobles de Berne
- Vignobles de Saint-Tropez – Chevalier Torpez
- Vins Bréban
- Vranken Pommery Monopole
Visit http://www.vinsdeprovence.com/en/ for more information on Rose wines from Provence.