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A History of Rosé Wine
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Rosé wine is the favourite summer tipple in the South of France and it is believed to have been introduced to Provence by the Ancient Greeks. One of the highlights for many who holiday or indeed who live in the South of France is the plentiful source of excellent Rosé wine which makes the ideal aperitif in the hot Mediterranean sun. Best served chilled, ‘pink’ wine is easily quaffable as a pre-dinner drink as you enjoy the views from your villa rental on the Cap d’Antibes, for example. It is also wonderful as an accompaniment to the mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine that is served in the plethora of excellent restaurants near our portfolio of an exclusive real estate on Cap d’Antibes. Many wrongly assume that Rosé wine is a mixture of red and white wine. In fact, the tipple – which since 2008 has outsold white wine in France – is made solely from purple or black grapes with the pink hue coming from the skins, which are only in contact with the juice for a very short time. The art of winemaking, which can still be appreciated first hand by those holidaying in a villa rental on the Cap d’Antibes, was brought to Provence in about 600 BC by the ancient Greeks who are believed to have particularly enjoyed pale coloured wines. And by the time the Romans reached the area in 125 BC the Rosé wine produced there had gained a reputation half way across the Mediterranean for its excellence. Its status as the wine to drink was given a boast in the 14th century when it became seen as a much-needed source of revenue for monasteries in the area. Many of the vineyards, a large number of which are within an easy drive of our real estate on Cap d’Antibes, were then taken over by nobility envious of the wealth they created, and Rosé wine became the chosen drink of kings and aristocrats. The production of Rosé wine has increased massively in the South of France with the growth of tourism and more than 80 per cent of wine made in this corner of France is ‘pink’. There are now three AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée) in the region: Côtes de Provence, Côteaux Varois en Provence and Côteaux d’Aix en Provence. Key rosé varietals that can be found in vineyards and supermarkets near our real estate on Cap d’Antibes are Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Tibouren.