Best English Rosés To Drink This Summer

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While we’ve proved ourselves as producers of world class bottle fermented sparkling wine, we’re a little less known for our still wines – some of which are fabulous and only getting better. But can we match the rosé of Provence?

For good rosé you need to start with healthy, ripe red grapes, with plenty of acidity and plenty of colour in the skin. In Provence they use many of the grapes that make up the big Southern French reds – Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and others, but here in England we’re all about our Champagne varietals, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. We’re able to make some superb still red wines and it seems some superb rose wines too, particularly in Sussex and Kent which are emerging as the regions to watch for still rosé. They swept the board at the most recent WineGB awards.

Here are my top picks for rosé wine to drink this summer – with a few exceptional pink sparklers in there too.

12 Best English Rosé Wines

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Albourne Estate Sussex Rosé 2022

Albourne Estate Sussex Rosé 2022, West Sussex

Made predominantly from Pinot Noir, this Wine GB winner is very Provencal in style – dry, crisp and fresh with lively red berry and citrus fruit.

£18.49, butlers-winecellar.co.uk

Hambledon Classic Cuvee Rosé NV

Hambledon Classic Cuvee Rosé NV, Hampshire

The team at Hambledon make such great wines with supreme care and attention. This sparkling rosé is aged for a minimum of 45 months, giving it depth and class beyond most others. It’s smooth, packed with red berry fruit and long on the finish. 

£37, hambledonvineyard.co.uk

Balfour Nannette’s Rosé 2022

Balfour Nannette’s Rosé 2022, Kent

A very popular English rosé that seems to sell out soon into every summer. It’s made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, grown on clay and the result is a rosé brimming with delicious summer berry and a zesty freshness. 

£25, balfourwinery.com

Albury Valley Silent Pool Rosé 2022

Albury Valley Silent Pool Rosé 2022, Surrey

This was served on the Royal Barge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It’s a ‘strawberries and cream’ style rosé. Beautifully coral pink in colour with zippy acidity.

£19.95, alburyvineyard.com

Sharpham Pinot Noir Rosé 2022

Sharpham Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Devon

From the heart of Devon, this wine has a hint of sour raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry. Sharpham also produces exceptional cheese and many of their wines pair beautifully with their cheeses. Try this with their Ticklemore.

£18, sharphamcheese.co.uk

Woodchester Valley Pinot Rosé 2022

Woodchester Valley Pinot Rosé 2022, Gloucestershire

Made exclusively from Pinot Noir in the Cotswolds, this has a delicious hint of pink grapefruit and rhubarb. It’s a rosé with bags of energy and class and gives the zippier wines from Provence a real run for their money.

£18.95, woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk

Harrow & Hope Brut Rose 2019

Harrow & Hope Brut Rose 2019, Marlow

Henry Laithwaite is making stunning wines in this boutique estate near Marlow and this is perhaps his most delicious wine. Salmon pink in colour with fine bubbles and fresh cranberry-like fruit – this really is a cracker.

£36, laithwaites.co.uk

Simpsons Railway Hill Rosé 2022

Simpsons Railway Hill Rosé 2022, Kent

Ruth and Charles Simpson are seasoned experts in making great wines, having spent many years doing so in their Domaine Saint Rose in the South of France. Watching the weather charts get warmer, they moved back home and are making outstanding wines here. This rosé is supremely stylish with a hint of watermelon and plenty of juicy, ripe strawberry.

£20 per bottle, simpsonswine.com

Camel Valley Sparkling Rosé NV

Camel Valley Sparkling Rosé NV, Cornwall

This has to be among the very best sparkling rosés made in England – and perhaps one of the best sparkling wines full stop. Wild flowers, strawberries and cranberries jump out of the glass, making this the perfect celebratory tipple.

£36, camelvalley.com

Tillingham Wines Rosé 2021

Tillingham Wines Rosé 2021, East Sussex

This is a foodie rosé. Deep, blood orange in colour yet it keeps that elegance and freshness that makes English wines so appealing. A wine for all seasons… but mostly summer.

£36, tillingham.com

The Grange Still Pink 2022

The Grange Still Pink 2022, Hampshire

Another 100 percent Pinot Noir Rosé but this one is from Hampshire where the vines were encouraged to fight for their survival against heavily grown grass. This forces them to produce less fruit, but berries with higher sugar making for a Rosé with lively freshness, crisp, clean fruit with fantastic texture too.

£89 for six bottles, thegrangewine.co.uk

Wiston Estate Fifty Summers Rosé 2022

Wiston Estate Fifty Summers Rosé 2022, West Sussex

This was founder Pip Goring’s vision dreamt up fifty years before it was made in 2022.  It makes up the trio of still wines made by this outstanding estate in Sussex. A blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, this is right up there with the best still rosés we make in this country.

£24, wistonestate.com

Tom Gilbey has over 30 years of experience in the wine trade. In 2020 he founded his eponymous wine company, which curates wine-focused events in venues across London, plus sells wine online. Find out more at tomgilbey.com