The Versatile Wine: Rosé has a Grape for Every Palate

Whether you are a beginner to the wonderful world of rosé drinking, or if you are looking into what makes this pink drink so desirable. Let’s go over a list of some common red wine grapes that are used to make rosé.  

We will start with the most approachable and go on to the most challenging. Our list will help you choose which glass to pour with tonight’s dinner.


Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir grapes make a much lighter coloured wine than most others. A lighter hue means thinner skins, which also means less tannin and very easy-drinking.

A Pinot Noir rosé often shares the same qualities as its aged, red wine cousin. On the nose of this wine, you might smell lighter red fruits such as raspberries and strawberries.

You can find Pinot Noir rosés from Adelaide Hills to California and even Europe.  Sparkling rosé will often be made with these grapes. If bubbles are what you are after, this would certainly be a crowd-pleaser.



This grape does quite well in the world of wine. This means that they often produce bottles that don’t break the bank. They are not usually very acidic, but have fruity and sometimes even a jammy flavour profile.

These wines are medium-bodied and therefore very easy to pair with a variety of cuisines. A Grenache rosé would work well with your favourite curry or a Sunday roast. If an easy-drinking, approachable rosé is what you’re after, a Grenache varietal is a safe bet.



Sangiovese is the first step up the ladder to the more challenging grapes that are used to make rosé.  Cherry taste and darker tints are common for this type of rosé.

The wine tends to lean toward the robust and earthy side of the flavour spectrum. This is an interesting and acidic style of wine that can be both fruity and savoury.  Pair a glass of this wine with your favourite chicken or mushroom dish.



The Tempranillo grape itself is quite dark in colour, but it can produce a wide range of shades in the final product. Rosé made with this grape can be both light and dark in colour, but either way, it is guaranteed to be quite bold in flavour.

You will often taste plum or stone fruit and you might smell hard spice like vanilla, in these wines. Pair a Tempranillo rosé with chorizo sausage or fish tacos.



The most full-bodied of our list is the Shiraz rosé. This wine will be fruit-heavy, quite dark in colour and likely quite acidic. This style of rosé will often have that ‘dry’ quality that some drinkers are looking for.

The nose on rosés made with these grapes might have slight hints of hard spices such as; allspice, pepper or anise. This interesting grape makes for an exciting rosé that pairs well with most meats and compliments a cheese board perfectly.


“Rosé has a grape for every palate.” You just have to choose which one suits your taste or theme for the evening. Maybe it will be all of them!

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