Situated in the iconic Marlborough region of New Zealand, between the mountains and two icy rivers, Ara Wines have been crafting cool-climate wines in harmony with the local environment since 1999. The alcohol-free range from Ara consists of this popular Ara single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - Ara Zero. Made with quality, fruit purity and flavour-intensity at it’s core, this has all of the flavours and characters of a timeless Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Where does the name “Ara” come from?
The story behind the Ara name is meaningful and pays tribute to the Marlborough wine making region in which the winery resides. “Ara” means “pathway” in the native Maori language that’s spoken by many New Zealand locals across various regions of the North and South Island. The winemakers refer to Marlborough as their Tūrangawaewae, or their “place of belonging”. There is a harmony and respect between the ARA brand, their New Zealand heritage and the natural Marlborough environment.
What is it about Marlborough that makes it the perfect winemaking region?
With a usually warm climate throughout the summer and autumn months, Marlborough sees a long growing season for its vineyards. The cooler nights, blown in by a regular sea breeze provide a variation in temperature that lends itself to the production of distinctively flavoursome wines. The soil is rich in nutrients and is suited to growing wine fruits that are fresh and crisp, resulting in full-bodied, well-balanced wines with unbridled flavours and aromas. British wine writer Oz Clarke wrote that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is "arguably the best in the world”.
What are the benefits of drinking alcohol-free wine?
There are many general benefits of non-alcoholic wine including lower calories, lower sugar and added the skin loving benefits of antioxidants and red wine resveratrol. The Ara Zero Sauvignon Blanc has a particularly low calorie content with only 16 calories per 125ml serving. Compared to its closest alcoholic alternative, that’s a 55% drop in calorie intake per serve.
What does the Ara Zero Alcohol-Free Sauvignon Blanc taste like?
Ara take the utmost care to gently remove the alcohol from their original Sauv Blanc in order to truly retain the original flavours and aromas of the real thing. Except delicious flavours of zesty grapefruit and citrus fruits and a hint of pineapple and passionfruit. This non-alcoholic white wine has a crisp, dry and invigorating mouthfeel.
What food does the Ara Zero Sauvignon Blanc pair best with?
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with all types of cheese, seafood and white meats and pasta dishes. is also high up on my list. It’s also makes a great base for mocktails like Sangria Mocktails and Punch Mocktails.
What does the “Zero” mean in Ara Zero?
The “Zero” in Ara Zero is referencing the fact that this particular wine contains zero alcohol, or technically it's less than 0.5% ABV.
How is the alcohol removed to make Ara Zero wine?
Firstly, Ara winemakers craft their signature Sauvignon Blanc. They then incorporate an innovative “spinning cone” process (primarily used in the perfume industry) that involves separating the aroma of the wine from the alcohol. After the alcohol has been gently removed from the wine, the aroma is then re-added to ensure the end product looks, smells, feels and tastes just like the original, without the need for alcohol. It’s a highly advanced dealcoholisation process that allows Ara to create beautiful, true-to-form non-alcoholic wine.