Everything’s Coming Up Rosé for Waitangi Day

Falling on Saturday 5 February, New Zealand Rosé Day is just in time to kick off Waitangi weekend in style and celebrate this country’s premium pinks.

Established seven years ago by Sip NZ, Rosé Day is designed to support local producers and raise awareness of premium New Zealand Rosé which now offers a wide variety of styles, sweetness levels and price points. 

Rosé is the fastest growing wine variety in the country, and while it goes perfectly with a warm day, the variety is no longer considered only suited to summer sipping, but is now enjoying year-round popularity. There’s an instant appeal in the pretty selection of colours and styles, but there’s much more to the story than rainbow hues and appealing labels.

Did you know?

  • Rosé is not a grape variety nor is it made by mixing red and white wine together, it is made by lightly crushing red grapes and only leaving the grape juice to macerate with the red skins for a short time.
  • The final shade of pink relates to the grape variety used as well as the length of skin contact permitted between juice and pigment-rich grape skins.
  • Darker Rosé usually has deeper flavours and the more tannic qualities of red wine.
  • There are two distinct styles of Rosé – blush and dry. Blush Rosés are usually lighter in colour, less acidic and lower in alcohol. Dry Rosés are less sweet, usually darker in colour, with more of the flavours associated with red wine.
  • Rosé is best served in a medium-sized glass so that the fresh and fruity characteristics gather towards the top.
  • Serve Rosé chilled but not too cold or you’ll kill the flavour. If in doubt follow the 20:20 rule and take it out of the fridge 20 mins before serving.
  • There’s a Rosé to suit most food types and occasions – Rosé is great with savoury tapas, seafood, light pasta dishes and many Thai, Indian and Mediterranean-style dishes.

Rosé Day Activity Ideas:

Go for a wine tasting

A wine tasting is a great way to sample Rosé, all while receiving instruction from a wine expert. This will help you develop your palate and your appreciation for wine.

Photo: NZW.Inc, Nautilus Estate

Take a winery tour

Many wineries run tours of their vineyards and cellars. Seeing where and how they make your favourite Rosé is an excellent way to learn more about the art of winemaking.

Photo: NZW.Inc, Wairau River

Head out to a wine bar

Spending time at a wine bar is a great way to hang out with friends and family and sip some amazing Rosé to boot. Additionally, most wine bars serve local wines, so you can get a taste of what’s happening across New Zealand.

Learn more about Rosé and beautiful wine regions to explore around the country at nzwine.com. And don’t forget to use #nzroseday and #nzwine to be part of the social media fun!