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Rose color scale

The Center for Rosé Research
The Center for Rosé Research (Centre de Recherche et d'Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé) was established in 1999 in the village of Vidauban in Provence. A collaborative effort of professionals in the Provence wine industry, the Center is the world's only research institute dedicated to rosé wine.

A Scientific Program

Until a dozen years ago, scientific data on rosé wine was scarce. Most industry knowledge came via personal experience on the land and in the winery. Now, through ongoing research and experimentation, the Center for Rosé Research is developing a growing body of scientific data that quantifies and explains what was previously only observed. The Center uses its research data to develop recommendations for improved rosé quality and diversity.

Center researchers deal with several issues, including winemaking techniques, wine preservation techniques, color and aroma differentiation, and awareness of regional terroirs.

A Practical Resource

The Center offers the Provence winemaking community – and increasingly, rosé producers worldwide – a series of practical products and services, including:

  • Publications
  • Technical kits and materials
  • Technical support
  • Training/seminars
  • Industry roundtables
  • Wine tastings
  • Conferences

Among the Center's industry resources is its Provence rosé color scale. This scale displays the top six Provence rosé colors and serves as an objective reference for professionals and consumers. The colors bear the official names of Red Currant, Peach, Grapefruit, Melon, Mango, and Tangerine.

Through focused research and communication about rosé, Provence is playing an active role in transforming the rosé market.

For more information: www.centreduRosé.fr (French language only)