Dining alfresco in the warm sunshine wouldn't be complete without a glass of rosé in hand. Sommeliers and wine directors let us in on the best cheap rosé wines that taste much more expensive than their modest price tags might suggest. Spanning a vibrant bottle from Provence that's ideal for sipping at casual gatherings to a canned (yes, canned) variety that's perfect for toting to outdoor picnics, these are the affordable rosé wines the pros pour up come spring. The best part? Every wine on this list is $15 or less.
Domaine de Fontsainte
"We've poured this wine by the glass at Cote since the day we opened, almost two years ago," divulges Victoria James, beverage director of Cote in New York City. "Why? Because it is everything you want in a glass of rosé—lean, racy, but still with some texture and savory qualities. There is nothing it doesn't pair with!"
Ben Teig, wine director at Redbird in Los Angeles, California, also recommends this wine. "It's one of the palest rosés that you will find due to the only color being from the first press without skin contact," he notes. There are notes of ripe peaches with a dry finish that isn’t too tart.
Domaine de la Prebende
Prefer a more fruit-driven rosé for easy-drinking? James recommends this one. "It's the best value in Burgundy, for sure!"
Mas de Gourgonnier
"This wine simply transports you to one of the most beautiful places in the world, where orchard blossoms seem to be everywhere, rustic farms dating back centuries are still lived in, and the view of the Alpilles is painted under the sky," Ryan Bailey, wine director of NoMad Los Angeles, tells MyDomaine.
"In the bottle is a wine that is so lively and fresh that it truly shows the benefits of a family who has been farming organically for more than 50 years," the wine director explains. You'll get a nose of rose petals, meadow flowers, and white peach notes in this wine.
This rosé is the perfect match for a grilled vegetable salad.
This rosé offers blood orange and peach flavors. "Plus it makes you feel good, as it's one of the few carbon-neutral wineries out there!" says Amy Racine, wine director of John Fraser Restaurants.
Domaine Bousquet Winery
This is "one of my favorite rosés right now," confesses Racine. "Very elegant and citrus-driven." All the grapes are also organic.
Domaines Paul Mas
You'll love this elegant yet savory rosé. It's filled with "fresh strawberry, pineapple, peach, and orange zest notes, making this a fantastic value that should be on your shopping list," recommends Jessica Altieri, sommelier at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, Florida.
For something to bring to your next barbecue cookout, look to Austria. "I love to serve the Gobelsburg Cistercian rosé when I'm hosting friends during the summer," says Andrew Pattison, wine director of Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks, California. "Made from a blend of native Austrian red varietals Zweigelt and St. Laurent, it's light and fresh enough to pair with salads, but the darker fruit tones and subtle spicy character you get from the St. Laurent make it a fine fit with anything coming off of the grill."
"If you're looking for something lighter, but don't want to pay Provence prices, look for the J. Mourat OVNI rosé from the Loire Valley," says Pattison. "Made from 100% Grolleau Gris, this is a wine that will delight the wine geeks and neophytes in your group equally." Note: Production is limited, so this one usually goes fast!
This rosé has a bright pink color and a perfectly balanced acidity. “Salvatore Ferragamo's first foray into making rosé with Sangiovese over-delivers in its price category and is one of the most food-friendly you will find," recommends Roger Bissell, sommelier at Mille Lire in Dallas, Texas. "One of the finest examples of rosé coming from Tuscany within its class that pairs with most dishes you will find on your summer plate.”
Corse Rosé 2018
“The vineyard that this wine comes from, situated between craggy mountain ranges and the Mediterranean sea, dates back to the late 1800s and is planted with native Corsican grape varietals of Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu," says Angela Gargano, director of wine and spirits and lead sommelier at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. The affordable rosé has a crisp minerality with a vibrant stone fruit taste.
Not all canned wine is created equal, but this one is definitely worth trying. “The awesome folks at Scribe Winery in Sonoma created Cara’s, co-founder of DECANTsf, new favorite canned rosé, the Una Lou Rosé, to honor the birth of their baby girl," says Simi Grewal, certified sommelier DECANTsf in San Francisco, California. "Floral, juicy, with exotic fruits, it is perfect to take to the park, sneak into the movies, or share with a friend."
Azul y Garanza
This 100% organic Garnacha (aka Grenache) is slightly savory with white pepper and crunchy red berries. "Azul Y Garanza makes a delicious and super affordable Spanish rosé from the area of Navarra," offers Cara Patricia, advanced sommelier at DECANTsf in San Francisco, California. "This is what Simi and I refer to as a "porch pounder," meaning that we will probably go through half a case while chilling on the stoop on a Sunday with our girlfriends."
When you are looking for a great quality inexpensive rosé, look for wines from less obvious places. "Provence is good, but there is also an ocean of questionable labels to sort through at lower price points," says Gregory Stokes, advanced sommelier of Veritas in Columbus, Ohio. "One of my current favorite rosés is Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé from the Pfalz region in Germany. It has the beautiful purity of fruit that you hope for in a rosé but also has this amazing structure with a clean zippy finish that makes it very refreshing.”
This easy sipper is perfect for picnics and beach outings. “This syrah-based rosé from 14 Hands Winery embodies the essence of summer, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon," says sommelier Samantha Capaldi. "14 Hands is known for its smooth easy drinking varietals at an unmatched value, and this wine doesn’t disappoint with refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish.”
Chateau Ste. Michelle
This elegant and dry rosé is 72% Syrah and 28% Merlot."This fresh and lively wine offers bright aromas of watermelon and raspberry with flavors of wild strawberry, citrus zest, and hints of melon," says Leah Adint, red winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. "Its beautiful pale pink color is sure to stand out during all your spring and summer celebrations and can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of foods, from light pasta to grilled fish and more.”
This rosé from the most eastern part of the Loire Valley over-delivers for its price. "On the nose, this wine explodes with bright, tart red fruit like raspberries," says Teig. "The vines are only a few hundred meters from the Atlantic, which imparts a great crisp, saline finish."
Armas de Guerra
This bright and fruity rosé has a crisp and tart taste. "From the indigenous Mencia grape in Northwest Spain, this wine has a bright strawberry nose reminiscent of red licorice," says Teig.
"Olivares combines monastrell (mourvedre) and garnacha (grenache), harvested from vines with over one-hundred years of age at high elevation, to produce a delicious, juicy, vibrant orange/pink wine," says Bill Giering, wine director at The Rose Venice in Venice, California. This one has notes of strawberry, cranberry, and blood orange.