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23 May 2022

Best rosé wines

The best still and sparkling rosés to buy, based on our independent expert taste test, plus tips on choosing, the different types and how to serve
Sabrina Sahota

A refreshing glass of rosé makes the perfect drink to enjoy alfresco in the summer, with a variety of styles and flavours to choose from. 

To help you make sense of the supermarket aisle, in April 2022 our panel of three wine experts blind-tasted and rated nine rosés from supermarket own-label or exclusive wine ranges.

Our tests uncovered one standout Best Buy, as well as a delicious cheap rosé that punches above its weight and is worth snapping up.

Best rosé wines to buy

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Only logged in Which? members can view our top picks, full test results and tasting notes below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the rosé wines on test. To get instant access, join Which? today?

All prices are correct as of May 2022.

Asda Extra Special Prosecco Rosé 2020

£8 for 75cl 

Asda describes its prosecco rosé as having ‘elegant apple and pear fruit flavours’, but did our experts think the same? 

Join Which? to unlock our test results and find out how this wine ranked overall. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda.

Co-op Irresistible Solo Rosé

£7.25 for 75cl

Made in the Campo de Borja wine region in Spain, this pale, dry rosé is 'packed with red berry flavours' according to Co-op. 

What did our wine experts make of it? Join Which? to find out how it scored.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Co-op.

Iceland Mount Rozier Rosé 2020

£5.95 for 75cl 

Iceland's rosé is our cheapest on test, costing around half the price of others we tried. But did its taste impress our experts? 

To find out how it compares with more premium rivals, join Which? to unlock our test results. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Iceland

Lidl Rosé Prosecco 2020

£6.49 for 75cl

At just £6.50, Lidl's rosé prosecco is a tempting choice to pick up on your next shop. Is it a Best Buy fizz?

Join Which? to see how it compares with other supermarket wines.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Lidl.

M&S Cintu Île de Beauté Corsican Rosé

£10 for 75cl

Made on the Mediterranean island of Corsica,  M&S says the Sciacarellu and Niellucciu grapes that make up this wine are harvested at night to preserve their fruity aromas.

Did its taste go down well with our expert panel? Join Which? to unlock our test results and see how it ranked. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from M&S

Morrisons The Best Crémant De Limoux Rosé

£12 for 75cl

Morrisons' rosé packs in refreshing flavours of apple and summer berries. Is it a Best Buy bubbly? 

To see whether we recommend it, join Which? to see how it scores compared to other rosés on test. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Morrisons.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Île-de-Beauté Rosé 2020

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Île-de-Beauté Rosé

£8.50 for 75cl

This is a wine that 'sings of summer' according to Sainsbury's. It starts with floral notes on the nose, moves to ripe berries on the palate and finishes with a pink peppercorn spice.

Is it a top-scoring rosé? Join Which? to unlock our test results.

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury's.

Tesco Finest Prosecco Rosé 2021

£8.50 for 75cl

Tesco says its rosé fizz combines fresh ripe red berries and citrus fruit flavours, ideal as an 'aperitif for light desserts'. 

Did its flavour impress our expert panel. Join Which? to see how it scores. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Tesco.

Waitrose Château de Berne Provence Rosé 2020

Waitrose Château de Berne Provence Rosé

£13.99 for 75cl

Made in the French region of Provence, this Waitrose wine is our most expensive rosé on test. Does it live it up to its premium price tag?

Join Which? to see how it scores and what our experts made of its taste. 

Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Waitrose

Which rosé wine to choose

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  • Pay attention to colour: There is a misconception that colour indicates sweetness, when in fact it tells you more about the flavour of your wine. Pale rosé has had less contact with the red grape skins (where wine gets its colours), so its flavour tends to be lighter and more delicate. Deep coloured rosé has had longer contact with the red grape skins, so tends to be juicier and fuller-flavoured. 
  • Don't rule out other regions: A few years ago most rosé would have come from France, but wines from Italy, Spain or Portugal can be just as good and sometimes cheaper. Our experts also recommend English sparkling rosé as a lower-priced alternative to champagne, with the cooler climate adding a nice freshness and zest. 
  • Dry or sweet: region can impact sweetness. If you like your rosé dry, Provencal wine is a safe bet, whereas if you prefer a sweeter taste opt for Californian white zinfandel or white merlot. 

What food goes with rosé wine?

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Rosé tends to work well with vegetarian food and fruity desserts. If you’re serving Indian, Chinese, Thai or Japanese cuisine, opt for a southern French rosé.

If you’re having it alongside your sweet course, bear in mind that cream-based desserts, such as panna cotta, crème brûlée and cheesecake, don’t pair well with rosé. Instead, go for lighter and fruiter summer puddings like Eton mess. Pink prosecco pairs particularly well with these types of desserts and adds a festive feel. 

How to serve rosé wine

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Rosé is a wine that is best served chilled, especially as an aperitif, which is why it's such a popular summer drink. 

A lukewarm rosé won't provide a refreshing taste and will start to taste soupy, so add some ice cubes to your glass if you find that it's getting too hot.  

Keeping cool is particularly important when it comes to sparkling wine too, as it'll help to preserve the bubbles. If you're sitting outside, pop your fizz in an ice bucket (or jacket) in a shaded spot to avoid it going flat. 

How we tested rosé wine

In April 2022, our panel of three independent wine experts blind-tasted nine rosé wines. We asked supermarkets to nominate own-label or exclusive rosé for summer entertaining, which would work well with salads and picnics, costing up to £14 (not including special offers). 

  • The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which wine they were trying. 
  • Each expert tried the wines in a different order to minimise bias. 
  • After all the wines had been tasted, the panel discussed the ratings they had given, and decided which bottles stood out enough to be Best Buys. 

Our expert panel included:

Peter McCombie - Master of Wine, speaker, consultant and co-chair of the International Wine Challenge (IWC)

Helen McGinn - International wine judge and award-winning author

Sam Caporn - Master of Wine, consultant, speaker, writer and co-chair of the IWC

How to recycle rosé wine bottles

recycling wine bottle

Glass bottles can usually go in your household recycling bin. If your council doesn’t accept them, you can take them to a local bottle bank.

The recycling process can vary depending on where you live, so make sure to check with your local area if bottles require rinsing first and whether metal screw caps should be replaced or recycled separately. 

Natural corks can’t go in your recycling bin. You can recycle natural corks through Recorked UK – either by posting them or dropping them off at your nearest collection point. You can also put them in your home compost bin or they can be used as a mulch on plants when chopped into small pieces.

Synthetic corks, which are made of plastic, can’t be recycled. They should be disposed of in your general waste bin.