With vineyards encompassing hundreds of acres of the rolling Texas Hill Country, winemaking in the Lone Star State is quickly becoming a widely practiced profession. In a highly concentrated industry, how does a winemaker stand out from the rest? One Texas woman is crafting French wine and creating magic by combining classic Southern charm with an overseas stamp of authenticity.
Texas-based company Rose Gold Wine released a 2019 vintage of the brand’s dry Provence rosé, becoming the third vintage the company has released since its inception in 2018. Today, Rose Gold Wine can be sipped on in over 250 restaurants from Mi Cocina to Nobu, as well as retailers like Randall’s, H-E-B, Tom Thumb, and Royal Blue locations across Texas.
But for owner Casey Barber, the winemaking journey began three years ago. While on a trip to Provence, France, the first of what would soon become many, the former model fell in love with traditional French wine. “It was love at first sip,” Barber said.
The Texas entrepreneur soon fostered a partnership with a French winemaker. Together the Texan and French influence created what Barber believes is the perfect rosé, crafted from equal parts Cinsault and Grenache grapes in a traditional French fashion. Harvested from four to nine in the morning, this vinification method allows for the grapes’ aromatic potential to be preserved, according to the brand’s website. Rose Gold’s rosé, a traditionally blush-colored beverage due to the slight infusion of grape skins, has its roots in France, literally.
“When you pour a glass on an afternoon with a friend,” Barber said, “you will find yourself transported to the South of France, where my own love for this beautiful French wine began.”
The Texas-brand’s wine is grown in vineyards located in the South of France, approximately 50 miles northwest of Saint Tropez, and fermented in the city of Provence. According to Rose Gold’s website, the vineyard is known for both its low production levels and mature vines, resulting in the utmost quality of the wine.
With influence from the French Riviera, an area famous for its luxurious charm, Barber can also thank nature’s elements off the Mediterranean coast. The region’s rich soil composition, a coastal environment, and a seasoned winemaker give the wine its fresh and floral notes. Rose Gold Wine offers complete authenticity with AOP Côtes de Provence or grapes grown in the Provence region.
“All of my memories of drinking rosé are happy ones,” Barber said. “[Like] sunny, patios, beautiful poolside afternoons with friends, and on vacations.”
The brand’s simple and chic rose gold packaging pairs perfectly with the wine’s crisp, fruitful taste. May the French grapes transport you to the Mediterranean coast enticing a similar vibe as Barber recalls with one sip of Rose Gold’s vintage rosé. Cheers!