Research & Programs
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:
- Technical kits and materials
- Technical support
- Industry roundtables
- Wine tastings
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).
Provence is the birthplace of rosé wine and the largest rosé specialty region.
International Symposium on Rosé Wine
The CIVP/Provence Wine Council held the first International Symposium on Rosé Wine in 2004 and the fourth in 2013. Organized in cooperation with the Center for Rosé Research and other industry organizations, this periodic conference brings together renowned scientists, academics, economists, journalists, wine producers, and wine trade professionals to discuss worldwide rosé wine production techniques, market conditions, marketing strategies, and consumption trends.
The 2013 symposium, titled "The Market, Science, and Ethics of Rosé Wine," covered three main topics — demand, supply, and science — and concluded with a seminar on strategies for the future. Representatives from nine rosé-producing countries participated. The aim of the gathering was to review the latest winemaking techniques and discoveries, promote exchange among rosé-producing countries and regions, and encourage the emergence of a shared culture based on rosé wine.
The 2013 symposium was organized by:
- Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé (Center for Rosé Research)
- Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (Provence Wine Council)
- Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin
- Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
... with support from:
- Conseil Général du Var
- Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône
- Communauté d’Agglomérations du Pays d’Aix
- European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
- French Ministry of Agriculture
- Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture
- Crédit Agricole
- France Agrimer
- Union des Œnologues de France
... and under the patronage of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV).
More information: www.rencontres-du-rose.com/