Historically, non-alcoholic reds and whites have been held in contempt by wine connoisseurs. However, the booming market in non-alcoholic wine proves that producers are doing something right. Below, you will find all the essential information you need to make the right choices when it comes to shopping for non-alcoholic alternatives to your favourite chilled whites, rich reds and aromatic rose wine. Once you’ve read through our go-to guide, you will also find our pick of some of the best non-alcoholic wine you can currently find available on the UK market.
Health Benefits of Non-Alcoholic Wine
One of the most obvious reasons to consider switching to non-alcoholic wine is that it benefits a healthier lifestyle. Not only will you be ditching harmful alcohol from your diet, you will also be cutting out the excess calories that come with it.
Many wine drinkers tend to reach for a bottle of their favourite varietal to enjoy with dinner, rather than drinking purely for the sake of drinking. However, this habit can see you notch up a significant amount of alcohol units on a regular basis. If this is a habit you are guilty of, swapping out your usual bottle for a non-alcoholic alternative is an obvious lifestyle change. With the sheer variety of non-alcoholic alternatives now available on the market, you will have no trouble finding the perfect sparkling white to savour with seafood suppers or rich red to sip on as you tuck into a meal of beef or lamb.
Another key reason why wine drinkers may look to make the switch to an alcohol-free option is that alcohol consumption may not be allowable with their lifestyle. Many individuals who are forced to take prescription medication on a regular basis are advised against consuming alcohol, for example. Additionally, nursing mothers are also advised to cut out alcohol from their daily diet.
Additional Advantages to Health
Non-alcoholic wine isn’t just an obvious choice for those looking to slash their calorie intake. One big thing to get excited about with alcohol-free wine is that, just like alcoholic varieties, naturally occurring antioxidants are present. Admittedly, non-alcoholic wine doesn’t contain the same high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols as conventional wine. This is a direct result of the techniques implemented to remove alcohol from the finished product. However, the combined benefit of significantly lower overall alcohol levels and the inclusion of some antioxidants is good news for both cardiovascular health and your waistline.
There are two key techniques that are employed when producing non-alcoholic wine. Reverse osmosis is the most common of the two methods. With reverse osmosis, the compounds that are chiefly related to wine signatures like aroma and flavour are filtered out of the overall product before alcohol is removed via distillation. After distillation has occurred, water is recombined with the wine compounds that have been previously filtered out. This process occurs multiple times to ensure the best possible results. Many producers will repeat the process three or four times as a minimum before bottling occurs.
The second method of removing alcohol is referred to as vacuum distillation. With this technique, wine goes through an evaporation process, although the temperatures employed are significantly lower than the temperatures associated with boiling. There’s good reason why this technique isn’t as popular as reverse osmosis, however. When wine undergoes vacuum distillation, some wine characteristics can suffer significantly. Aromas can be particularly compromised, sometimes vanishing almost entirely as the alcohol is evaporated away.
Keen to make the switch to non-alcoholic wine? Below, you’ll find out pick of some of the best white, red and rose alternatives available to whet your appetite.
If you are looking for an affordable non-alcoholic take on a classic Chardonnay, this offering from Thomson & Scott is definitely worth looking into. Thomson & Scott Noughty is the latest in a long line of non-alcoholic offerings that have included some beloved Champagne and Prosecco varietals. This sparkling white wine has been produced with wholly organic Chardonnay grapes, with an innovative production technique that also ensures this wine is vegan-friendly. After production, the wine has its alcohol content removed via extraction, before being lightly carbonated to provide you with plenty of bubbles.
Thompson & Scott Noughty should tick plenty of boxes for those looking for a lighter alternative to alcoholic wine. However, it scores plenty of extra points for its organic ingredients and vegan-friendly nature.
Some might have their doubts about non-alcoholic red wine, but this Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon should satiate the biggest sceptics. Just like the best Cabernet Sauvignon out there, this particular blend boasts a rich ruby colour, with a familiar nose and palate that isn’t too far removed from alcoholic alternatives. The aromas are all about ripe plums and cherries, while the flavour is full of fleshy fruit character. If you are looking to replace your favourite red varietal with something lighter, this a perfect choice for the swap. In fact, this alcohol-free wine has only 26 calories per 125ml serving.
With plenty of complex flavours and aromas characteristic of conventional Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine will more than satisfy the more discerning drinker. However, because of its faithful nose and flavour, it can also be used in lieu of alcoholic alternatives when it comes to recipes requiring a refined red.
This Scavi & Ray Alcohol-Free Wine is just the ticket if you are looking to replace your usual Presecco with something lighter. This particular offering boasts all the same great taste as conventional Scavi & Ray Spuramante Prosecco, but with the benefit of trace levels of alcohol. What is particularly great about this particular wine is that the same grapes used in the traditional recipe are utilised here. As such, you should expect no compromise when it comes to premium flavour. This award-winning wine is also very low in calories, with a typical serving yielding no more than 30 calories. When it comes to taste, expect a delicate blend of fruity character, while the nose is all about enticing aromas of smoke, citrus fruits and sweet vanilla.
An easy choice for anyone looking to stamp out excess alcohol content and curb calories, this Scavi & Ray sparkling wine is a real standout and bound to become a firm favourite.
This Torres Natureo Muscat is a premium choice of non-alcoholic wine with plenty of refined character to savour. This particular wine comes in a golden yellow shade, with a beautiful balance of florals and fruity character. Enticing aromas welcome you in, with delicate florals, citrus orange and muscat grapes all present. The palate is an incredibly smooth affair, building toward a crisp citrus finish.
Thanks to the high-quality grapes that have been used in the production of this sparkling wine, even the more discerning of wine drinkers will struggle to find anything to complain about here. Furthermore, this sparkling wine is a superb choice for food pairing. Reach for a bottle when you are serving appetisers, or have a bottle to hand when you are serving dinners of fish or seafood.
Pure Heaven Non-Alcoholic 100% Concentrate White Grape Celebration Drink, 6x750ml, (Pack of 6 Bottles)
Pure Heaven is a great value and incredibly versatile alternative to conventional sparkling wine for when it comes to celebrating. This sparkling wine contains is not just non-alcoholic, it is also vegetarian-friendly and Halal certified. As such, it’s the ideal choice for toasting to good news or special occasions with a diverse crowd.
Although it’s a very affordable option and an easy choice for when you need to ensure everyone is catered for, Pure Heaven might struggle to satisfy the exacting demands of the more discerning wine drinker out there. As such, if you have a little more budget to work with, consider a more refined alternative to ensure nobody is disappointed.
Californian reds are a go-to choice for many a wine lover and this non-alcoholic Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t let the side down. This impressive alcohol-free red from the J. Lohr Estate boasts plenty of big flavours and character. Look forward to enticing aromas of blackcurrant, blueberries, cherries and chocolate. An undercurrent of oak cuts through everything, with the dark fruit profile of the nose carrying through onto the palate. Soft tannins and a distinctly dry finish make this is an incredibly satisfying choice.
With so much mature character on offer, this Cabernet Sauvignon can be savoured as it is from a glass. However, you will also find this a reliable choice for when it comes to cooking or pairing with food. This wine works particularly well with beef or lamb cuisine, for example.
This Torres Natureo Red Syrah is a good choice for those looking for a lively alternative to alcoholic Shiraz. This particular offering has plenty of signature Spanish character, with lively aromas and a flavour profile that’s rich in red fruit and ripe notes. This lighter alternative to alcoholic Shiraz is perfect for enjoying on warm summer evenings, while the fruity body makes it an easy choice or pairing with a wide range of cuisines.
Easy to drink and incredibly refreshing, this is an effortless swap for those looking to cut out calories and limit their alcohol intake, without sacrificing on satisfaction.
Here is another superb alcohol-free wine from the J. Lohr Estate. Another quality Californian wine that will hold up well against alcoholic alternatives, this refreshing Chardonnay hits all the right notes. There is real definition of flavour here, with hints of sweet apple and butterscotch to enjoy, along with a buttery smoothness that makes this an incredibly easy wine to drink. What’s particularly good about this Ariel Chardonnay is that the premium grapes that have been used to produce it ensure it will age and mature just as elegantly as an alcoholic alternative.
Savour the taste as it is out of a glass, or reach for a bottle of this Chardonnay to enjoy with meals. This non-alcoholic white wine goes particularly well with duck dishes, as well as seafood cuisine.Available On Amazon
If you looking for a lighter alternative to alcoholic Champagne, this Richard Juhlin Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine is a serious contender. There is a rich complexity of aromas and flavours to delve into here. Green apple, citrus fruits and pears all combine for something truly special, with the fantastic fruitiness sparking the aromas and following through onto the palate. Bubbles are also plentiful here, so the sparkling body will provide plenty of satisfaction when chilled down to a desirable temperature.
Great for celebrating, this sparkling Chardonnay can also served as an aperitif. Looking for a good pairing solution? This non-alcoholic wine will also go well with light salads and seafood dishes.
FAMILIA TORRES Natureo Rose Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon NON ALCOHOLIC WINE (Case of 6x750ml) Spain, ROSE WINE
This Torres Natureo Rose Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal choice for those seeking something a little different to conventional whites and reds. This non-alcoholic rose wine has been produced using premium grape varietals, resulting in a vintage that boasts plenty of complexity and refined character. Inviting aromas of citrus fruits and sweet vanilla will tempt you in, while the palate will more than impress with first-rate berry character and a clean finish.
A great choice for sunny days, this rose wine will also make a fine accompaniment to light dinners of salads, seafoods and white meats.
FAMILIA TORRES Natureo White Muscat de Alejandría, NON ALCOHOLIC WINE (Case of 6x750ml) Spain, WHITE WINE
Here’s another fine offering from the Famlia Torres brand of non-alcoholic wines. This Natureo White Muscat de Alejandria non-alcoholic wine has been made to the same exacting standards of other wines from the label, with premium Muscat grapes serving as the chief varietal in the recipe. The result is a distinctly complex wine that holds up well against conventional alternatives, with refined fruity aromas and sweet lines of flavour on the palate.
If you are seeking a non-alcoholic alternative to your favourite Spanish varietals, this first-rate white wine more than fits the bill. Enjoy slightly chilled and take the time to savour the aromas and palate, or reach for a bottle when you are serving seafood meals or salads.