My guide to Giesen non-alcoholic wine

Oct 01, 2021

Earlier this year, Giesen was named New Zealand Winery of the year, 2001 and it's easy to see why. Now with a range of three non-alcoholic wines to their name they're more popular than ever. 
Giesen 0% Range on Table

Giesen have a reputation for producing delicious, premium, wine. Based in the iconic Marlborough wine region, and have decades of wine-making experience behind them.

Giesen non-alcoholic Sauvignon Blanc wine has been a consistent best seller at Sans Drinks. Maybe that's because it features the same distinctive characteristics as their traditional wine. Now Giesen has released another two non-alcoholic wines and I can't wait to see what my customers think of them. 

Here is my guide to the range. 

Woman enjoying Giesen 0 non-alcoholic wine

Giesen % Sauvignon Blanc

The taste: Made from Giesen’s premium, full strength Sauvignon Blanc, this de-alcoholised wine is crisp, dry and refreshing. With aromas of fresh lime, redcurrant, and lemon shortbread, this best-selling wine features blackcurrant flavours and notes of passionfruit. Light and invigorating on the palate, Giesen % Sauvignon Blanc is well-balanced with a soft structure and a hint of acidity.

Worth noting: Only 13 calories per 100ml, making it one of the lowest calorie non-alcoholic Sauvignon Blanc’s on the market.

What customers are saying: 

"So enjoy drinking the Giesen Sav Blanc, don’t feel like I’m missing out in any way!" 

"I’m long term lover of Giesen wine, so I consider this the benchmark. Only slightly different taste to the real deal."

"This wine is the closest to the real thing that I've tried. From the first moment of opening the bottle you could smell and taste the difference with the other 'grape juice like' non-alcoholic wines."

Giesen 0% New Zealand Rose

Woman enjoying the Giesen 0% New Zealand Rose

The taste: This non alcoholic rose is a Giesen’s premium, full-strength New Zealand wine that has undergone alcohol removal. This crisp non alcoholic rose  features aromas of white peach, apple and fresh strawberries. Fruity flavours linger on the palate along with crisp cranberry and the finish is both dry and refreshing.

Worth noting: Only 13 calories per 100ml, making it it is one of the lowest calorie non-alcoholic Roses on the market.

Giesen non alcoholic Pinot Gris on a dinner table

Giesen 0% New Zealand Pinot Gris


The taste: This non-alcoholic pinot gris has been is Giesen’s premium, full-strength New Zealand wine, which has undergone alcohol removal. Crafted from fruit grown in Marlborough, Waipara and Hawke’s Bay, this aromatic non alcoholic Pinot Gris is crisp and refreshing. Featuring aro,as of white flowers, lychee and red apple, the palate boasts traditional Pinot Gris characteristics such as apple, pear and a hint of muscat grape. 

Worth noting: Only 18 calories per 100ml, which is considered to be 'low calorie' according to Australian Food Standards. 

What does the “0%” in Giesen 0% stand for?

The 0 represents 'zero alcohol'. But like all alcohol removed wines, the Giesen range does contain a trace of alcohol. To use the 'non-alcoholic' label, wine makers need to ensure that their products contain no more than 0.5% ABV (alcohol by volume). This is similar to the amount of alcohol found that’s found  ripe bananas and fruit juice.  

Giesen 0% Rose next to a plate with desserts

What is it about Marlborough that makes it the perfect winemaking region?

When describing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, British wine writer, Oz Clarke wrote that it is "arguably the best in the world.” This is probably down to the fact that the Marlborough climate is perfect for growing high quality grapes. grapes. It's generally warm and sunny during summer and autumn,  resulting in a lengthy growing season.

And, on top of this, Marlborough also has cool nights with sea breezes that bring a temperature variation that’s perfect for producing great wines. Through in the rich soil in the region and you have a recipe for producing incredible full-bodied and well-balanced wine. 

How is the alcohol removed from Giesen non-alcoholic wine?

The Giesen 0 range is actually an alcohol removed version of their premium full strength wine. The alcohol is removed via an innovative spinning cone method that removes alcohol while preserving the aroma and taste of the original wine. This incredibly delicate process ensures that the taste, mouthfeel, look and smell of Giesen non-alcoholic wine is just as good as any Giesen full strength wine. 

What foods pair well with the Giesen 0% range?

Giesen non-alcoholic sauvignon blanc: This wine pairs well with fresh, seasonal salads and light pasta recipes. Plus, if you are looking for something different, you can also use it to make a delicious Mocktail Recipes.

Giesen non alcoholic Pinot Gris: This wine pairs well with fresh seasonal salads and light dishes. The Giesen brothers particularly recommend pairing this wine with a roasted pear and feta tart. 

Giesen 0% New Zealand Rose: This wine pairs well with light dishes such as salads as well as seasonal fruit platters and light desserts. 

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