If you know Rioja’s reds, why not try the region’s refreshing rosé? Bursting with freshness and juicy red fruits, rosé from the much-loved Spanish region is a treat for the taste buds. Rosado, as the Spanish call rosé, is Spain’s fastest growing category in the UK - up 53% in 2009 (Nielsen MAT 26.12.09) - so think pink and charm your palate with delicious rosé wines this summer.

In Rioja, rosado is made from native tempranillo and garnacha grapes which create aromatic wines with intense fruit flavours and colours ranging from salmon to raspberry. Produced with the same care as other styles of wine, Rioja’s rosé represents the versatility and passion of the region’s wineries.

From one of Spain’s greatest family-owned bodegas, Faustino VII Rosé fits the bill if you’re looking for a wine with powerful berry aromas. A blend of tempranillo and garnacha gives this wine its pretty salmon pink colour and soft balance which make it sure to brighten up the summer months, whether we get the sunshine we hope for or not.

Made from 100% tempranillo, Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rosé is a fun and fresh wine with zesty notes to enjoy this summer with friends. This wine has a screwcap so it can be enjoyed at a picnic in the park with a pasta salad full of seasonal vegetables or simply some juicy strawberries.

Marqués de Cáceres Rose, made with a blend of grapes, is a versatile wine that works perfectly with paella. This elegant, fuller bodied wine with floral and berry notes is sure to add some extra sunshine to your day.

With a great range to choose from, enjoy the taste of Rioja this summer with a fabulous rosé wine.

Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rosé 2009
(£6.49, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons)

El Coto Rosado 2008
(£6.99, EH Booth & CO, Irvine Robertson Wines, Wine of Ascot, Bablake Wines, Dayla, Hills Prospect)

Faustino VII Rosé 2009
(£6.14, Asda, Makro, www.everywine.co.uk)

Marqués de Cáceres Rosé 2009
(£7.99, Majestic, Oddbins)

Marqués de Vitoria 2009
(£6.99, Partridges, Sussex Victuallers, Czerwiks Food & Wine, Burgundy Wines)

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