The nay-sayers will tell you that alcohol-free wine is just grape juice. The nay-sayers are wrong. So very wrong. Anyone who has tasted our fine non-alcoholic wine knows just how close they are to the alcoholic varieties. Let’s find out why…
5 Australian Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wines To Try Now
According to a Nielsen report from October 2019, 66% of alcohol beverage drinkers aged 21 – 34 said they are making an effort to reduce their overall consumption of alcohol.
That’s a good enough reason for Aussie wineries to begin producing non-alcoholic wines and wine alternatives that are getting better and better each and every year.
[Note: You can buy all 4 of these Aussie sparklers in our discount pack]
For lovers of a good Sparkling wine, this is such great news and I wanted to share with you some of Australia’s best wine makers and highlight their alcohol-free Sparkling wines (and wine alternatives) so you can make the right choice when it comes to ditching the booze.
Who are some of the biggest Australian non-alcoholic wine makers?
The pool of talent in the Australian alcohol-free sparkling wine industry is absolutely astounding, when it comes to all things wine, us Aussies really do it best! From big names to emerging brands, we’ve got some seriously good bevvies for off-the-wagon winos right here in our very own backyard. Here are just a few…
The McGuigan name is highly regarded in the wine making game. For decades now, McGuigan have crafted some of the best wines, not only in Australia, but in the world. They noticed the rate at which people all across the globe were giving up the grog, so they set to work creating their McGuigan Zero range of non-alcoholic drinks, they say "McGuigan Zero provides consumers with freedom of choice" and we couldn't agree more.
This is a new player in the alcohol-free wine space, but Plus & Minus wine is super tasty with some seriously great health benefits. A lot of research has gone into ensuring these wines contain only the highest quality ingredients, minus the alcohol.
Imagine a wine with + the antioxidants but minus – the alcohol. That’s Plus & Minus, a revolutionary wine style that aims to give those that still want a glass of quality wine when they don’t actually feel like alcohol.
Another Aussie brand that has been around forever (well, over 170 years but it seems like forever), Lindemans boasts some of the most delicious wines in the Aussie drinks market. They’ve won multiple awards for many of their products, for very good reason. They have a dedicated and longstanding winemaking team that is proud to craft a diverse portfolio of wines.
Newblood don't currently make a sparkling, but still deserve a mention here because they are new non-alc wine Aussie brand and their Shiraz and Chardonnay are easily the best non-alcoholic options on the market.
Lyre's make a large range of non-alcoholic Spirits, and their Italian Spritz is the perfect alcohol-free alternative to Aperol, but with 24% less calories! Just add to your favourite sparkling wine for a non-alc Aperol Spritz!
Why is it important to support the Aussie alc-free wine industry?
It’s just the Aussie way, isn’t it? We all want to help our neighbours. We all trust our fellow Aussies to create quality products. We all want to make sure our local businesses have the support they need to succeed. The Australian non-alc wine industry needs our help! If we want to continue seeing innovation and quality from family-run businesses giving their all to bring us tasty alc-free beverages, we need to show them how much we love them.
This is the reason I choose to stock a HUGE range of Aussie made booze-free drinks on the Sans Drinks shelves. Supporting home-grown businesses, both small and large, is something I see immense value in, and I love being able to use my platform to help them keep doing what they do and supporting their livelihoods.
Which non-alcoholic Sparkling wines should you try now?
The silly season is almost upon us and I’m sure we’re all in the mood for a little celebratory Champers – well, I sure am. So, I’m sharing this list of some of my favourite Aussie made Sparkling wines, sans the alcohol, so you can still enjoy some sophisticated effervescence with your Christmas lunch this year. Have a few glasses or indulge in an entire bottle, either way, you can still safely drive home, parent responsibly and do everything you would normally do without the boozy consequences. Enjoy…
[Note: You can buy our exclusive Aussie made non-alcoholic Bianco Spritz Gift Pack complete with hammer copper tumblers, McGuigans Dry Sparkling & the non-alc Lyre's spirits.]
This highly rated Aussie bubbly beauty has all the fantastic taste of a McGuigan Sparkling wine, minus the alcohol. Flavours of pear and green apple mingle to create a delightful fruity zing that pairs perfectly with a fruit platter or a seafood feast.
This wine is full-bodied with a well-balanced flavour and a crisp finish. It’s lower in calories than similar alcoholic wines and contains no artificial sweeteners or flavours so that you can enjoy more food instead of filling up on liquid calories. It’s a win-win, if you ask me.
These bubbles with benefits contain grape seed oil which is super high in naturally occurring antioxidants. Antioxidants have been identified as helpful in keeping our entire bodies healthy and happy. Plus & Minus have brought us this dazzling drop, using only the finest fruits from South Australian vineyards.
Canapes are the perfect pairing for this bubbly beauty as she is full of vibrant citrus flavours and notes of apple and sweet fruits.
Now, if a BBQ is on the cards, this is just the sparkler to liven up the party! Steak, ribs, salads and other BBQ frequenters are all perfectly matched with Edenvale’s Premium Reserve Sparkling Shiraz.
Flavours include blackberry, currant, exotic spices and hints of oak, much like a regular Sparkling Shiraz. The only thing missing is the alcohol!
Low-cal and rich in antioxidants, this effervescent red is a healthier alternative to regular wine and you can have a few glasses (or bottles) before carrying on with your life, driving home and waking up the next morning minus the hangover.
Now, this is one non-alc sparkler that contains minimal calories, loads of flavour and skin loving antioxidants. It’s a much healthier alternative to a regular Champagne-style wine and perfect for every possible occasion. It has notes. of peach, citrus, apricot, apple and a complex undertone which all work perfectly synergistically for our drinking pleasure.
As mentioned above, Lindeman’s have made a name for themselves with their alcoholic range for years now! The addition of their alcohol-free range is such an awesome initiative as it promotes better access to healthier wine alternatives within the Aussie and global community.
This Sparkling is not overly sweet so if you’re typically a fan of drier fizz, this is the perfect celebratory Chardy Pinot blend for you. This wine is made from delicious wine grapes grown in the Hunter Valley in NSW, an area that is well known for its premium wine fruits.
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