Prosecco Rosé: The Wine You Didn’t Know You Needed

What do you drink when you want something refreshing? When you feel like celebrating an important moment? When you miss the vibes of the summer?

Prosecco Rosé works for all those occasions because of its elegant flavor, festive color, and refreshing bubbles. It’s an ideal pink sparkling wine for unforgettable memories.

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Where Has Prosecco Rosé Been All This Time?

If you didn’t realize that pink Prosecco existed, that’s not surprising. While pink sparkling wines were made in the regions that produce prosecco, they could not be called Prosecco. It could only be labeled "vino spumante.” But, in 2020, the Prosecco DOC allowed the labeling and selling of pink sparkling wine with the Prosecco DOC designation.

Prosecco Rosé is only allowed for Prosecco DOC, made in one of the nine provinces of a protected area between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The Prosecco DOCG regions of Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Asolo do not permit rosé sparkling wine to be labeled with the DOCG designation.

Prosecco Rosé has quickly become a successful symbol of celebration and a revolution in the wine industry. And, it’s giving the French sparkling producers a run for their money. It’s a new thrilling trend due to its elegant, classy, seductive "perlage" and feminine color. Its irresistible pink bubbles, delicious floral aromas, taste, and harmonic color enchanted even the most selective palates.

What Makes Prosecco Rosé Pink?

Prosecco must have at least 85% of Glera grape, a white wine grape. To make it pink, producers use the juice from Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir)—and only Pinot Nero—as the remaining grapes in the bubbly.

How Is Prosecco Rosé Produced?

Prosecco Rosé is produced in the "Tank" or "Charmat" method, or "Metodo Martinotti" as the Italians call it. Prosecco Rosé must have a second natural fermentation for 60 days. Traditional Prosecco made from all white grapes spends only 30 days undergoing second fermentation. As a result, the pink style has a yeastier and fuller profile style compared to the white versions.

Is Prosecco Rosé Sweet?

The new Prosecco DOC rosé style must come with a vintage date and always under the title of "Millesimato." It's produced in the ranges of Brut Nature to Extra Dry wines.

Brut Nature: This is lip-smacking, bone dry and can be perceived by some as “acidic”  0-3 g/l
Extra Brut: More fruity with raspberries, strawberry, and pear 3-6 g/l
Brut: This is the second most common style and has more sweetness, still delicious as an aperitif or on its own 6-12 g/l
Extra Dry: This is the most common and sweetest style and tastes more like candied fruit. Very good with dessert 12-17 g/l

How is a Prosecco Rosé Identified?

A blue strap with the DOC label must appear on the bottle’s neck. This label mentions the Geographic Indication as a guarantee of quality and legitimacy.

Color, Aromas, & Flavors of a Prosecco Rosé

Prosecco Rosé is a light, delicate, pale pink wine. Made from the semi-aromatic Glera grape, its profile usually shows notes of white flowers, green apple, citrus, and blossom. However, the touch of Pinot Noir enhances some subtle hints of raspberry. Because it spends more time on the lees than Prosecco made from white grapes only, it is rounder and softer on the palate.

What's the Perfect Serving Temperature?

Chilled rose prosecco

Prosecco should always be served chilled—at a temperature of 43-47°F (6-8°C)—to preserve the freshness and aromas of the wine.

Now you are all set! Pop up a bottle of this fantastic wine, pair it with appetizers and fresh dishes, and enjoy one of this new, popular style of sparkling wine!

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