A Brief History of Rosé

by Sam Kimball
Let us tell you the history of your favorite pink drink, rosé.

There is no true origin date of rosé because, at the time, many red wines were the color of today’s rosé.

In ancient Greece, where all good drinking habits started, it was actually considered civilized to dilute the wine, as no one wanted to be one of those drunk, ravaging brutes.

It wasn’t until sixth century BC that the Phocaeans brought grape vines to Massalia in the south of France that the pink rosé blend started being the talk of the Mediterranean.

Ah, rosé, our dear summer water. The bubbly pink beverage that we treasure and adore. It’s on every menu and is part of every happy summer memory, but do we really know anything about it? If we’re going to be obsessed with it, we should probably know where it came from. We’ve already explained why the lovely drink is pink and how it’s made, so now we’re going to tell you a little about its history!

To be honest, there is no true origin date of rosé because, at the time, many red wines were the color of today’s rosé, and as they learned new methods of fermentation, they found ways to create the deep, dark reds we know now. In ancient Greece, where all good drinking habits started, it was actually considered civilized to dilute the wine, as no one wanted to be one of those drunk, ravaging brutes. It was the Greeks and the Romans who eventually figured out how to separate their red wines from their white wines but it wasn’t until sixth century BC that the Phocaeans brought grape vines to Massalia in the south of France that the pink rosé blend started being the talk of the Mediterranean.


ADVERT


Provence (a region of France) is considered the birthplace of the French vineyard because of these early plantings from the Phocaeans. Around the Middle Ages, Provencal winemaking really became popular and was even the source of revenue for local monasteries. This trend continued until the 19th century when a very bad bout of phylloxera wiped out Provence and vintners had to start again.

Upon this replanting, French wines started making their way to the United States, especially the idea of “light wine” fermentation, like rosé. By the 1970s, white wines were in such high demand in California, that the state’s winemakers actually couldn’t keep up, so they had to resort to making white wines from red grapes via the saignée method. This method reserves a bit of the juice from red wine in order to concentrate the color, and that reserved liquid is vinified into a light pink wine, which originally became known as “blush wine.”

Sutter Home was one of the first to produce these blush wines but they came out far too sweet and created a distaste and negative connotation for pink wines around the country. Rosé, or any light pink wine, was said to be the drink of amateurs; no sommelier would ever serve it. It wasn’t until the late 2000s when hotels and resorts started importing the real French beverage that Americans began to learn the difference.

In fact, the Hamptons rosé shortage of 2014 is what solidified the fact that Americans love their rosé and thus began the infatuation that we know today.



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 8, 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in Italy

Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Nov 8 – 14, 2020
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 17, 2020

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 22, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Vincent Ingala

Saxophone Sensation.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 8, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon and Nelson Rangell

A pairing of smooth jazz all-stars.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 1, 2020

Pier 40, NYC

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise + sumptuous tasting of rosé wines.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 11, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 20, 2020

Riverhead, Long Island

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 2, 2020

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 9, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Want to discover new wines? Skip the far-away vineyards and head to Brooklyn. We have set up the hottest wine experience in the 5 boroughs.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 31, 2020

Join us at the Rainbow Room from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

Don’t miss your chance to taste over 200 wines from 50 different New York wineries!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York's #1 Winter Wine Tasting

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Bid the cold adieu (for a few hours) at the 11th Annual NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 19, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

September 19, 2019

Union Square Park, NYC

Harvest In The Square

The 24th annual event is September 19 in Union Square Park in Manhattan.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 24, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

A meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 10, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 3, 2019

Manhattan, Chelsea Piers

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 20, 2019

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

At a 200-acre vineyard. Half indoors (air-conditioned), half outdoors (ventilated tent). Free, cold bottled water & seltzer.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 13, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Spyro Gyra

A great opening evening for 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 29, 2019

Lake George, NY

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2019

The 5th annual event is June 29 & 30th in scenic Lake George, NY.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 22, 2019

Riverhead

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Exploring Barolo Wine in Piedmont Italy
From Australia, we head to a true center of wine history; one of tradition and splendor, and really, really good wine. Not only are we talking about Italy, but Piedmont, Italy. We’ve talked about this gorgeous region in the northwest of Italy but what we’re going to focus on today is the Barolo wine.  As - Read More
Read more...

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is named such after a river. Yes, you guessed it, the Hunter River, which was discovered in the late 1700s by European settlers. It turns out they were looking for a fugitive and instead found a gorgeous river valley which became a wine region in the early 1800s when a mere 20 - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Temecula Valley Wine Country
While most of the wine regions in California exist towards the northern part of the state, the mecca of gorgeous wines known as the Temecula Valley is actually in Southern California.  This 1,300 acre AVA, formally registered as the Temecula Valley AVA, is the beneficiary of both an inland and maritime climate. The warm sun - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE