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Rossese

Rossese is a white grape variety that is renowned for its role in Marsala winemking. Crisp and fruity dry Rossese wines are gaining popularity in recent years. Originating from Sicily, it is now grown in various regions around the world.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Rossese produces light to medium bodied wines with a light greenish-yellow colour. The aroma and flavour profile consists of citrus and stone fruit, floral and herbal notes, with a touch of salinty.

Fresh Rossese grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Rossese is mainly grown in west coast of Sicily, where it is used as a component of Marsala, and also in Puglia. It is grown in small quantities in Argentina, Australia, Malta, California, New Zealand and South Africa. Rossese is a vigorous variety and it is sensitive to powdery and downy mildew. It can tolerate drought and has low susceptibility to botrytis. The winemaking process typically involves stainless steel fermentation, but oak barrels are sometimes used, depending on the desired style. In Sicily, Rossese is used to make fresh and flavorful varietal wines, as well as Marsala, a fortified wine. Some Sicilian producers often blend it with Chardonnay, to make easy-drinking table whites. Rossese's fresh acidity and fruity flavours make it a great accompaniment to seafood dishes, salads and light pastas.

Foods to pair with Rossese:

Asian food
Pasta
Curry
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Rossese
Rossese is the Italian word for cricket and it is believed that the variety was named after the insect because of its song-like buzzing noise.

Top Wines with Rossese

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Punta Crena Vigneto Isasco Rossese

Punta Crena

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Punta Crena's Rossese from Liguria's Riviera Ligure di Ponente is not only an easy-drinking delight but also a wine that invites exploration and appreciation. Made from the somewhat obscure Rossese grape, it beautifully expresses Varigotti's red clay terroir, offering a unique roundness, herbal nuances from Liguria's wild brush, and a distinctive coastal salinity. Crafted by the talented Tommaso Ruffino & Family, this wine reflects 11 to 26-year-old vineyards farmed using traditional methods. Whether you're savoring its easy-drinking qualities or delving into its terroir-driven complexity, Punta Crena's Rossese is a true embodiment of Ligurian winemaking excellence.
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Food Pairing:
grilled fish
pasta
roasted vegetables
salads
soft cheeses
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Maccario Dringenberg Posaú Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore Natural

Maccario Dringenberg

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Rossese is a leeser known Italian varietal associated with Liguiria. The area of Dolceaqua, close to the French and Italian border, produces the most notable examples. Maccatio Dringenberg is a well regarded producer, who has a strong commitment to both sustainability and to preserving the varietal. Rossese produces wines with a light to medium body with vibrant acidity and perfumed notes of re berries and violet. This would appleal to drinkers of Fresia from Piemonte, or Gamay. Its natural acidity makes it a great pairing for many food making its a wine that should be sampled if one gets the chance.
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Food Pairing:
grilled fish
roasted vegetables
salads
salmon
chicken
pastas
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