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The Difference Between Non-Alcoholic Wine & Grape Juice

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…

Newblood Non-Alcoholic Shiraz

What is non-alcoholic wine?

You may have heard the terms alcohol-free wine, de-alcoholised wine and non-alcoholic wine thrown about in all kinds of circles. These are just interchangeable terms for wine that contain no alcohol. Legally for a drink to be sold as ‘non-alcoholic’ it must contain less than 0.5% ABV.

Technically, this means that non-alcohol wine does contain trace amounts of alcohol, about the same amount as Kombucha or ripe bananas. Alcohol also contains calories so once you remove the alcohol, you also instantly remove many calories from your daily intake!

A good non-alcoholic wine in red, white, rose or sparkling wine actually tastes, smells and feels just like the real deal. Depending on the winemakers skill, just like with regular wine, you’ll find differences in flavour, aroma and mouthfeel and you may need to try a few before finding the ones you love. (side note: This is why I also sell our wine by the single bottle)

Blue Nun Non-Alcoholic Sparkling wine

What’s the difference between non-alcoholic wine and grape juice?

This is a question I get asked a lot by anyone who hasn't yet tried non-alcoholic wine yet and the answer is so simple. Non-alcoholic wine started it's life as real wine, it was made the same way as wine, and usually always with the best quality and most expensive grapes too (because the final taste can't be masked with alcohol like a cheap wine). 

Like with all wine, juicy grapes are chosen based on the wine variety being made and for their flavour profile. These are harvested by the winery, crushed and fermented. This is when the sugar in the grape juice is converted to alcohol and the result is alcoholic wine. 

Wine then goes through an ageing process (from months to even years) which determines the intensity of flavour. This all happens in those big steel tanks or oak barrels you see in wineries. 

Once the wine is ready to be bottled the alcohol is gentle removed. Generally, winemakers stick to one or two different methods when it comes to turning boozy bevvies into non-alcoholic goodness. These methods are distillation and filtration.

Newblood non-alcoholic Chardonnay

The Australian made Newblood wine is uniquely Triple Distilled

Distillation process uses very low heat in a vacuum where the alcohol is removed via steam and the filtration process gently moves the wine through a super fine membrane that separates the alcohol from the rest of the wine. 

It is then bottles right along side the alcohol version of the same wine and sent off to various parts of the world for wine lovers everywhere to enjoy…minus the hangover.

In vast contract to the above, grape juice is made in a juice factory like orange and apple juice. Grapes are crushed and pressed into juice which is pasteurised and bottled.

Why drink non-alcoholic wine?

Sure, you could drink juice, soft drink or soda water but if you enjoy the aroma, taste and mouthfeel wine and you appreciate the craft behind wine making and simply want to cut back on alcohol (because lets face it, it's not good for us). Then enjoying a dealcoholised wine means you don't give up the great taste of a good vino when you’re off the wagon.

The percentage of alcohol-free wine consumption in Australia is set to climb to 18% of the worldwide tally as soon as 2023. As a country, we’re definitely making healthier choices when it comes to what we’re putting into our bodies. It’s really great to see.

Non-Alcoholic wines from Australia & NZ

This is fantastic news for us in the health and wellness community and anyone who doesn't drink for religious reasons, pregnant and breastfeeding women and even professional athletes! It means the range of non-alcoholic wines and other alc-free beverages is continually growing. And I'll make sure you have access to all the best one right here.

If you're inspired to jump on the booze free bandwagon, but not sure where to start, I have made some simple bundles for you, these are not only on sale but also include the wines that taste most like wine:

Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wine

For those who enjoy a sparkling wine, you are in luck because non-alcoholic sparkling wine taste the closest to champagne and alcoholic sparkling

We love supporting Aussie brands and this pack contains 4 of our best selling Australian Sparkling wines

Australian Sparkling Bundle

Non-Alcoholic Reds

These red wines are our Best of Reds bundle and include 4 of our favourite alcohol-free reds, including our best selling Newblood Shiraz which is an absolute game changer.

Best of Reds

Non-Alcoholic Whites

The Best of Whites bundle includes our best selling whites, including the famous Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough wine region of NZ which is virtually identically to their alcoholic original. 

Best of Whites

Non-Alcoholic Rose

These Best of Rose bundle includes our 4 best selling rose wines. A wonderful way to try non-alcoholic rose from around the world!

Best of Rose

Still not sure where to start or would like some help, feel free to drop me an email, call, text or DM me for personal recommendations!

 

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