What is that grape in my rose

What’s that grape in my Rosé?

With summer approaching you may have noticed a preponderance of rosés in the wine department of your local store. Summer is often referred to as “rosé season,” but it runs all year in the Rabbler house. If you are shopping for a rosé to enjoy on a nice warm day, there are countless to choose from. But how to choose one?

If you choose a French rosé, which tend to be blends, reading the label you may come across grape varietals that you aren’t familiar with. Here is a handy list of some grapes that appear in rosés from around the world.

CINSAULT (pronounced sin~soh or sa~soh)

Cinsault is a grape from the southern Rhone Valley in France. The strawberry and floral notes in your rosé will come from this grape.

COUNOISE (pronounced koo/nwahz)

Like Cinsault, Counoise is another blending grape from France. It brings vibrant acidity and soft tannins to the wine while adding some raspberry notes to the flavor.

MOURVÈDRE (pronounced moor/vehdr)

If the rosé contains Mourvèdre, it will likely have notes of red fruit flavors, spice, herbs and maybe just a touch of sweetness.

These are just a few grapes you might come across when shopping for rosé this season. Rosés are being made from interesting varietals from all around the world so hopefully this post helps with your understanding and enjoyment of a wonderful wine style.

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About the Author: Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot likes wine. Some varietals he prefers more than others. He enjoys learning about wine. But what he likes most about wine is the journey. The act of going tasting, exploring new areas of the country, discovering new wineries and wine makers, visiting towns off the beaten path- these are the things he enjoys the most about wine. Traveling and drinking, like peanut butter and jelly, go together seamlessly like wine and chocolate.


  1. Erin 2017-06-12 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I’m never very knowledgeable on grapes on knowing which wines to choose so this is really helpful! Sounds like counoises are where I should head!

    • Michele Francisco 2017-06-12 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Erin- We’re happy to help improve your grape knowledge! Cheers to your next glass of rosé, hoping it’s a counoise as you wish.

  2. Lindsay Sauve 2017-06-12 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    One thing I love about your articles is that you educate your readers about wine, not just what it tastes like, but what’s in it too! Thanks!

    • Michele Francisco 2017-06-12 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for such a winederful compliment Lindsay!

  3. Hillary Harper 2017-06-12 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    This is so helpful! I love wine but sometimes I’m not always knowledgeable about the grape varietal that I’m drinking!

    • Michele Francisco 2017-06-12 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hillary! We aim to help people become more educated wine drinkers.

  4. Becky 2017-06-13 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I can’t wait for *official* rosé season to start! #roseallday

    • Michele Francisco 2017-06-13 at 10:41 am - Reply

      We’ll cheers to that Becky! #roseallday everyday!

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