20 Best Low Alcohol Options
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Sober-curious? Our dietitian Melissa Meier has picked 20 of the best low- and no-alcohol wines on bottle shop shelves to make those summer soirees that little bit healthier.
Nothing beats a relaxing glass of vino paired with your evening meal or a delicious cheese platter on the weekend.
But if you’re one to worry about your health, you might’ve considered sipping on a low- or no-alcohol variety to cut back on booze, at least every now and then. So, if you’re sober-curious, here’s what you need to know about low and no-alcohol wines – and the best ones to bag.
Is alcohol-free wine healthy?
With good health in mind, you’re on the money if you’re trying to cut back on booze. For one, alcohol packs a punch when it comes to kilojoules, which means you’re likely to gain weight if you drink a lot of it habitually.
A glass of wine (150mLs, of any type) contains between 110 to 120 calories – which mightn’t sound like much, but can quickly add up to an entire meal’s worth of calories if you’re having a big night (or worse, almost an entire day’s worth of calories if you really hit it hard).
What’s more concerning, however, is the negative impact drinking alcohol can have on your health – not just a sore head the next day, but serious health issues down the track. Drinking alcohol on the reg is linked to many types of cancer, including bowel, breast and liver. It also increases your risk of diabetes, can lead to high blood pressure and even contribute to mental ill-health. It’s pretty serious stuff.
With that in mind, I’m all for limiting alcohol – and that’s where low and zero alcohol bevvies come in handy. So, to help you reduce your alcohol intake, here’s my ranking of the some of the most popular zero and reduced-alcohol wines you’ll find on bottle shop shelves.
The healthiest low and no-alcohol wines in Australia
- Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- McGuigan Zero Rose, $10 at Dan Murphy’s
- McGuigan Zero Chardonnay, $12.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Chardonnay Pinot Noir Muscat, $10.50 at Dan Murphy’s
- Natureo De-alcoholised 2018 Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon, at Dan Murphy’s
- McGuigan Zero Sauvignon Blanc, $11 at First Choice Liquor
- Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Semillon Chardonnay, $10.50 at Dan Murphy’s
- Natureo De-alcoholised White Wine 2019 Muscat, $14.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Edenvale Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Edenvale Chardonnay, $8 at Woolworths
- Ariel 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Soul Tracker Shiraz Ultra Low Alcohol, $15 at Vintage Cellars
- Natureo De-alcoholised Red Wine 2019 Grenache Shiraz, $14 at First Choice Liquor
- Edenvale Shiraz, $8 at Woolworths
- Edenvale Cabernet Sauvignon, $8.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Lindeman’s Early Harvest Crisp Dry White, $12 at Liquorland
- Blue Nun 0.5% Low Alcohol White Wine, $11.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Blue Nun 0.5% Low Alcohol Red Wine, $11.99 at Dan Murphy’s
- Soul Tracker Dry Rose Ultra Low Alcohol, $12 at First Choice Liquor
- Maggie Beer Non Alcoholic Sparkling Ruby Cabernet, $11.99 at Dan Murphy’s
For the full details and health profiles of each wine – as well as where to buy them – just keep scrolling.
Per 100mL: 55kJ, 0.21g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2.5g carbs, 1.8g sugar, 0mg sodium
A reviewer called it “A light refreshing summer drink. Great with lunch or dinner, especially with seafood”.
Per 100mL: 60kJ, 0.2g protein
A reviewer said “I was very happy with this wine and definitely see myself buying more of it in the future! A great option if you are looking for a high quality wine without the alcohol”.
Per 100mL: 67kJ, 0.1g protein
A reviewer wrote “This chardonnay has a lovely ‘kick’ and tastes like alcohol! It has that great chardonnay slightly woody (ie not too sweet) taste. It is my ‘go to’ for a refreshing drink”.
Per 100mL: 56kJ
A reviewer said “I love this! I’ve tried a few no alcohol (0.5%) options lately but this one is a winner! Too many others just taste so sugary, but this is a bit drier and is a great substitute for an alcoholic version. I’ll definitely keep buying this one”.
Per 100mL: 78kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2.6g carbs, 2.6g sugar, 0mg sodium
Per 100mL: 67kJ, 0.1g protein
A reviewer commented “This is a lovely dry white (non-alcoholic) wine, easy drinking and smooth taste”.
Per 100mL: 65kJ
A reviewer said “It is certainly worth spending the extra $ on a quality Lindeman’s Alcohol Free Semillon Chardonnay. Perfect if you want to stay sober or giving up drinking alcohol. You can drink this beautiful wine and still be part of the party! Great”.
Per 100mL: 87kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 3.5g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 0mg sodium
A reviewer wrote “I absolutely love this Muscat. It tastes like wine without the alcohol. I’ve recommended to so many people and they all love it. It’s fresh, fruity and very easy to drink”.
Per 100mL: 90kJ, 0.2g protein, 0.2g fat, 4.2g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 30mg sodium
A reviewer said “If you enjoy wine but don’t want the alcohol, I do recommend the Sauvignon Blanc. It smells and tastes as close as you’ll get, i.e. doesn’t taste like grape juice!”
Per 100mL: 94kJ, 0.4g protein
Per 100mL: 91KJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 5g carbs, 4.2g sugar, 7mg sodium
A reviewer wrote “There is a depth of flavour just like a real wine. It is dry and full bodied. The last non-alcoholic wine I tried was like fruit juice, this is like wine”.
Per 100mL: 120kJ, 0.3g protein
A reviewer said “A bit ‘juicier’ than the Soul Tracker Chardy but looks and smells like wine and is nice to have with a meal”.
Per 100mL: 111kJ, 0g protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 3.5g carbs, 3.5g sugar, 0mg sodium
Per 100mL: 114kJ, 0.3g protein, 0.1g fat, 6.2g carbs, 3.9g sugar, 31mg sodium
A reviewer commented “Refreshing, quaffable, easy to drink, reasonably priced!”
Per 100mL: 110kJ, 0.4g protein
A reviewer said “As I only have an occasional drink at home and am always the designated driver this is perfect for me. I don’t miss the alcohol, I can drink, join in and still drive. I love this red pleasure”.
Per 100mL: 205kJ
A reviewer wrote “I was very pleasantly surprised by this wine. I thought it would be just another white that goes sour on the palate as soon as you started eating. I was wrong. This is a really enjoyable refreshing white, that goes perfectly with crackers and blue cheese, fish and chips, mud crab sandwiches and so much more. It retains its crisp citrusy flavour no matter what you nibble on, and because it is lighter in alcohol and calories, it is the perfect session wine on a hot summer afternoon”.
Per 100mL: 107kJ
A reviewer said “Being pregnant and missing drinking wine, this was a nice find. One of the best non-alcoholic wine I’ve tasted”.
Per 100mL: 112kJ
A reviewer wrote “I enjoyed this, it tastes like red wine, someday dealcoholized wines taste very bland as the flavor of alcohol is notably absent but I thought they did a good job with this one”.
Per 100mL: 148kJ, 0.1g protein
Per 100mL: 164kJ
A reviewer said “This is a great alternative to alcoholic sparkling. It is very fruity and refreshing, best with nibbles or on its own due to intense fruit flavour. A great summer drink”.
Is non alcoholic wine really non alcoholic?
While it depends on which exact wine you buy, the general understanding is that wines that are “non-alcoholic”, “alcohol-free”, or “de-alcoholized” all contain little to no alcohol. If there is any alcohol left in the drink after the dealcoholisation process, it’s of such a small amount that it couldn’t get you drunk at all.
What percentage is low alcohol wine?
While wines with an alcohol by volume (abv) below 10 per cent are widely considered as “lower” in alcohol, those with a 0.5 per cent abv or less are true low-alcohol wines.
Melissa Meier is a Sydney-based accredited practising dietitian. You can connect with her on Instagram @honest_nutrition.
This article was originally published on November 23, 2020 and was updated on March 4, 2021.