It’s been impossible to ignore rosé’s meteoric rise over the past five to ten years. Adopted by millennials as their signature drink and plastered over Instagram accompanied by catchy hashtags, rosé has sometimes been written off as a tutti frutti fun drink without much substance; however, this wine can be sophisticated and complex, and there is so much more to it than a pretty-in-pink moment.
Contrary to popular belief, rosé has an ancient history, with many of the first recorded wines being blush coloured. These watered-down field blends of both white and red grapes don’t have much in common with the rosé we know and love today, but they were popular and spread from Greece to southern France, which popularised rosé throughout the Mediterranean. In the region of Provence, the production of rosé wine was perfected thanks to years of persistence and soon became more popular than white wine. Eventually, other winemaking countries around the world, including Australia, began to take notice and try their hand at producing the pink stuff.