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5 Non-alcoholic wines that taste like wine

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to settle for non-alcoholic wines that don’t hit the spot. I’ve made a list of 5 non-alcoholic wines that actually taste like wine to get you started!

When taking a break from alcohol or reducing you alcohol across the week, switching to a non-alcoholic wine is a great way to maintain your wind-down routine: Enjoying a glass of robust red wine or crisp white alcohol-free wine while cooking dinner or reading a book. 

What is a non-alcoholic wine?

Non-alcoholic wine is a wine with virtually zero alcohol, this usually means 0.5% ABV or less. Alcohol-free wine is also known as dealcoholised wine because these start off as real wine, and then go through a process which removed the alcohol.  

What types of wine can be dealcoholised?

All wine types of wine can be dealcoholised including Rosé, Chardonnay, Sparkling, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Muscat and the list goes on! 

Which non-alcoholic wines taste best?

Non-alcoholic sparkling wines are virtually identical to the real thing, they taste the closest to alcoholic Sparkling wine and Champagne, followed by non-alc white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Non-Alcoholic Rose wine is also very close, followed by Red wines which are a little more difficult to find a perfect match.

I love a good red such as a non-alcoholic shiraz which are an excellent substitute for the real thing, but you may find that they’re a little different from what you’re used to at first. Also, important to note, they’re generally best served slightly chilled - Except for the Newblood Shiraz, which I still love at room temp.    

How is non-alcoholic wine made?

Again, this is quite dependent upon the winemaker, but the main method of de-alcoholisation calls for the wine to be made just the same as an alcoholic wine of the same variety. The difference is, just before the wine is bottled, the alcohol is removed via one of many all natural processes. 

There are other wine-style drinks that are made to replicate of replace wines, but have been made without out any alcohol in the process at all. THese are often called wine alternatives and include brands such as NON and Altina as well as the unique Fizzero range which uses bacterial fermentation from premium green tea to create a sparkling wine alternative that taste just like the real thing.

Top 5 non-alcoholic wines that taste like the real thing

1. NEWBLOOD Non-Alcoholic Shiraz

This a non-alcoholic red wine that gets very close to the taste of the real thing it’s almost impossible to tell that there’s little to no alcohol involved. NEWBLOOD’s secret is to leave the grapes on the vine a little longer to extract a more flavour. This then helps the wine maintain its classic red wine taste throughout the triple distillation process.

This is a Australian made, vegan and contains the rich oaky aroma and flavour you’d expect from a delicious red. Earthy tones and notes of dark chocolate and blood plum also break through to provide a soft, juicy palate and a smooth, velvety finish. 

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2. McGuigan Zero Dry Rosé

Expertly crafted in the Hunter Valley here in Australia, this dry style rose has subtle grapefruit, strawberry, rose petal notes. It is a de-alcoholised rose which contains lower calories than a regular McGuigan Rosé, but still retains the signature quality McGuigan products are known for.

With no artificial sweeteners or flavours and no added refined sugar, it’s easy to see why this is one of our best-selling non-alcoholic wines. 

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3. Domaine de la Prade Organic Merlot/Shiraz

Masterfully produced in the Languedoc-Rossuillion region of Southern France, this wine hails from only the best Certified Organic vineyards. The winemakers have created a fine blend of Merlot and Shiraz grapes that truly emulates the flavour, mouthfeel and emotive response that any great red wine holds.

This non-alcoholic red is best served at a temperature of 15-18oC and is the perfect aperitif or accompaniment for an Italian style dinner.

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4. Le Petit Chavin Non-Alcoholic Rosé

It’s not just the pink hue of this non-alcoholic wine that resembles a typical rosé. The taste, aroma and mouthfeel are all almost indistinguishable from the real thing. As with a classic rosé, this wine is perfectly paired with appetisers, desserts, salads and sweets and is a great accompaniment to a day by the pool or a BBQ catch up with friends.

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5. Thomson & Scott Noughty

As close as you will get to the taste of a Champagne, this non-alcoholic brut is from the world-renowned Thomson & Scott. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the Sandy and Calcareous vineyards in southern Spain. Noughty is Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified B Corp and low in sugar

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Have you tried any of these non-alcoholic wines yet? If so, which is your favourite? 

When taking a break from alcohol or reducing you alcohol across the week, switching to a non-alcoholic wine is a great way to maintain your wind-down routine: Enjoying a glass of robust red wine or crisp white alcohol-free wine while cooking dinner or reading a book. 

What is a non-alcoholic wine?

Non-alcoholic wine is a wine with virtually zero alcohol, this usually means 0.5% ABV or less. Alcohol-free wine is also known as dealcoholised wine because these start off as real wine, and then go through a process which removed the alcohol.  

What types of wine can be dealcoholised?

All wine types of wine can be dealcoholised including Rosé, Chardonnay, Sparkling, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Muscat and the list goes on! 

Which non-alcoholic wines taste best?

Non-alcoholic sparkling wines are virtually identical to the real thing, they taste the closest to alcoholic Sparkling wine and Champagne, followed by non-alc white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Non-Alcoholic Rose wine is also very close, followed by Red wines which are a little more difficult to find a perfect match.

I love a good red such as a non-alcoholic shiraz which are an excellent substitute for the real thing, but you may find that they’re a little different from what you’re used to at first. Also, important to note, they’re generally best served slightly chilled - Except for the Newblood Shiraz, which I still love at room temp.    

How is non-alcoholic wine made?

Again, this is quite dependent upon the winemaker, but the main method of de-alcoholisation calls for the wine to be made just the same as an alcoholic wine of the same variety. The difference is, just before the wine is bottled, the alcohol is removed via one of many all natural processes. 

There are other wine-style drinks that are made to replicate of replace wines, but have been made without out any alcohol in the process at all. THese are often called wine alternatives and include brands such as NON and Altina as well as the unique Fizzero range which uses bacterial fermentation from premium green tea to create a sparkling wine alternative that taste just like the real thing.

Top 5 non-alcoholic wines that taste like the real thing

1. NEWBLOOD Non-Alcoholic Shiraz

This a non-alcoholic red wine that gets very close to the taste of the real thing it’s almost impossible to tell that there’s little to no alcohol involved. NEWBLOOD’s secret is to leave the grapes on the vine a little longer to extract a more flavour. This then helps the wine maintain its classic red wine taste throughout the triple distillation process.

This is a Australian made, vegan and contains the rich oaky aroma and flavour you’d expect from a delicious red. Earthy tones and notes of dark chocolate and blood plum also break through to provide a soft, juicy palate and a smooth, velvety finish. 

2. McGuigan Zero Dry Rosé

Expertly crafted in the Hunter Valley here in Australia, this dry style rose has subtle grapefruit, strawberry, rose petal notes. It is a de-alcoholised rose which contains lower calories than a regular McGuigan Rosé, but still retains the signature quality McGuigan products are known for.

With no artificial sweeteners or flavours and no added refined sugar, it’s easy to see why this is one of our best-selling non-alcoholic wines. 

3. Domaine de la Prade Organic Merlot/Shiraz

Masterfully produced in the Languedoc-Rossuillion region of Southern France, this wine hails from only the best Certified Organic vineyards. The winemakers have created a fine blend of Merlot and Shiraz grapes that truly emulates the flavour, mouthfeel and emotive response that any great red wine holds.

This non-alcoholic red is best served at a temperature of 15-18oC and is the perfect aperitif or accompaniment for an Italian style dinner.

4. Le Petit Chavin Non-Alcoholic Rosé

It’s not just the pink hue of this non-alcoholic wine that resembles a typical rosé. The taste, aroma and mouthfeel are all almost indistinguishable from the real thing. As with a classic rosé, this wine is perfectly paired with appetisers, desserts, salads and sweets and is a great accompaniment to a day by the pool or a BBQ catch up with friends.

5. Thomson & Scott Noughty

As close as you will get to the taste of a Champagne, this non-alcoholic brut is from the world-renowned Thomson & Scott. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the Sandy and Calcareous vineyards in southern Spain. Noughty is Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified B Corp and low in sugar

Have you tried any of these non-alcoholic wines yet? If so, which is your favourite? 

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Comments

Lindsey Forster - June 5, 2022

I have tried most non alcoholic wines sparkling and Shiraz and sav Blanc I can’t find one that tastes like real wine

Don Chuah - September 23, 2021

Would love to try the non alcoholic Shiraz or any red wine.
My wife would prefer non alcoholic wines for sure.

Siobhan - January 9, 2021

Great list!! Le Petit Chauvin is a sensational rosé. It tastes so much like an actual rosé, and on the dry side. And I agree with the McGuigan, which I’ve also tried. Can’t wait to taste the others!

Carreen - January 9, 2021

I was wondering what sparkling wines you would recommend please? Thanks

Debbie - January 9, 2021

I only just ordered last night, one of each of the McGuigan’s Zeros, because I love their full alcohol Sparkling Shiraz, can’t wait to try them, will let you know.

Ennia - November 5, 2020

Great list @sansdrinksau so glad to see my 2 favourites made the list. The Newblood is stunning and the McGuigan rose is so refreshing. Can’t wait to try out the other 3 on the list.

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