rosé wine

Galician rosé wine is highly appreciated in gastronomy, not only for its incredible flavour, but also for its fruity nuances. We must bear in mind that this type of wine comes from the early maturation of a red wine, but that it keeps a large part of all those properties that we like so much.

In addition, the result is a drink with a very impressive reddish colour and in the mouth, it has an acid character typical of local wines. Providing balance and freshness, making it one of the most precious elaborations.

In the past, none of the Galician appellations of origin supported this type of elaboration. But little by little it has been making a space in the product lists and has become one of the favourites.

So today, this land arouses interest and production is done in an artisanal way, taking care of all the details to obtain a magnificent result, which we can enjoy at the table.

Production of Galician rosé wine

This type of elaboration is very particular, since it can be decanted in two ways, the normal wine that we all know and the sparkling one. For both results we start from the same root, which is the vineyard.

Depending on where the harvest comes from, it will have one flavour or another, let us remember that in Galicia there are 5 Denominations of  Origin to take into account: Rías Baixas, Valdeorras, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra and Monterrei.

They all have a different agriculture and a different way of treating their vineyards. Also, the land, although similar, has properties typical of the region, making them sweeter, more acidic or have different nuances. All of this also applies to Galician rosé wine, that is, depending on where the grape comes from, this will be the end result.

Next, once we have harvested and we have the fruit, we must process it, extracting all its juice and storing it in traditional barrels. In this way, the fermentation process will begin, which will acquire the desired flavour and nuances.

And here comes the most important part of the whole process. If we want to make a quality rosé, then we must stop the fermentation in the middle of the process, since if it continued it would become a red.

Then it is bottled and processed to be served at the table, ready to drink and enjoy. But in case you want to make a sparkling wine, then you must do a second fermentation.

Therefore, yeasts and other ingredients would be included to reactivate the process and thus obtain a quality sparkling wine.


How should it be served?

We are going to give you the best tips to be able to taste Galician rosé wines, in such a way that they do not lose flavour and preserve all their properties.

  • To begin with, it should be kept between 7 – 8 degrees, that is, it should not be kept in a fridge, since then it can take on more acidic tints. Thus, we can enjoy its simplest, fruitiest and most delicious flavours. Perfect to accompany from seafood, to fresh salads and light white meats.
  • Also, it is important to drink it in a special glass for this type of wine. Since, Galician rosé wine is not only savoured with the palate, but also with the sense of smell. As we taste it, the aromas of the region will impregnate us, transporting us to this beautiful land.

In this way, we can enjoy a very pleasant combination of aroma and flavours, accompanying it with all kinds of dishes and appetisers.

What makes Galician rosé wine special?

As we have explained before, depending on the region in which the grape is grown, one result or another can be obtained. But they all share the same essence. The colour of this wine can have a wide range of possibilities that also changes part of the flavour.

From the most raspberry-pink tones, characteristic of the Sousón and Castañal, to the palest ones, as if it were the skin of a peach, more typical of the Merenzao.

Although we want to highlight the more pinkish colours, they come from Merenzao, Mencía and Caíño Tinto. All depending on whether we want it more reddish or more coppery, although they all share a very intense and fruity flavour.

Next, the care that is put into the time of production, getting the acidic character of the area to stand out, along with a balance and freshness that is highly appreciated.

In this way, a harmony between sweetness and acidity is achieved that makes this Galician rosé wine one of the best in the world, not only for its Denomination of Origin, but also for all the art and history behind it.