Jeroen van Mierlo teaches wine courses, in which he explains people the basics about wine. In this biweekly column ‘Wine Academy’ he answers the most asked questions about wine. In part 6 of the wine academy Jeroen answers the question: How is rose made? Nothing is better than to enjoy a good glass of rose on a terrace in the sun. And since spring is in the air, we think it’s the perfect time to teach you about this lovely sunny drink.
There is a general perception that rose wine is a mixture of red wine and white wine, this is a myth that we will debounce in this article. So how is rose made? Rose is made of blue grapes, so actually rose is a really really light red wine. Rose is a wine that you would drink chilled, like a white wine. The colour of rose has to dow ith the peals of the grapes, which contain the dyes. When you peal a grape, you peal off the colour. If you want to give your wine a colour, you include the peels in the yeasting process. You can also give the wine a nice colour by gently pressing the peels. This will create a soft pink colour.
There are also rose wines with a bit more colour, for example in Spain and Portugal. These wines are often made of grapes that have more colour in the peel. It is also possible that the wine maker chose to include the peels in the wine making process a bit longer or chose to press the peels longer, which will both make the wine more coloured.
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