23 Best Non-Alcoholic Wines in 2023 [Essential Picks]
Non-alcoholic wine has improved so much in the last decade that the finest vintages are actually really enjoyable. Not over-sweet like they used to be!
Wine connoisseurs might call this blasphemy, but for the layperson, a quality non-alcoholic wine is just as flavorful and satisfying.
There are also many advantages to drinking non-alcoholic wine, like lower calories, the ability to drink and drive, and no hangover or ill effects.
In any case, taste should never be sacrificed!
We recommend the best tasting non-alcoholic wines that we've tried in 2023.
What is Non-Alcoholic Wine?
In the US, non-alcoholic wine is any wine containing less than 0.5% alcohol.
Wineries are free to label wine ‘non-alcoholic,’ providing it has 0.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) or lower, so technically, some wines contain alcohol.
Non-alcoholic wine undergoes the same fermentation and vinification processes as regular wine and starts its life as an alcoholic drink.
It is turned into a non-alcoholic wine with an additional dealcoholizing process that removes the alcohol.
How is Non-Alcoholic Wine Made?
If you appreciate traditional winemaking, it’ll please you to know that non-alcoholic wine is fermented and vinified the same as regular wine.
The critical difference is that alcohol is removed from the wine following fermentation, and purified water is added back to the concentrate.
The biggest challenge with non-alcoholic winemaking is that removing alcohol unbalances the wine, taking away its textures, flavors, and aromas.
There are three main processes wineries use (spinning cone, vacuum distillation, and reverse osmosis), and the refinement of these plays a critical role in the flavor of the wine.
Vacuum distillation (most common) – this process uses a vacuum to evaporate alcohol vapors. The vacuum lowers the boiling point of the wine, removing the alcohol without high temperatures and preserving its taste.
Spinning cone technology – this delicate process removes alcohol without high temperature or pressure, preserving the wine’s balance. Cones spin the wine into a film, releasing alcohol vapors from the wine.
Reverse osmosis (filtration) – wine passes through a semipermeable membrane that doesn’t allow alcohol to pass. Pressure differences cause small target molecules like ethanol to diffuse, removing alcohol from the wine.
Are There Trace Amounts of Alcohol in Non-Alcoholic Wine?
Non-alcoholic wine contains a little alcohol – up to 0.5% ABV. Amounts at or below this level are considered “trace” amounts by the US Food and Drug Administration.
However, a wine containing “trace” amounts of alcohol cannot be labeled “alcohol-free” because the FDA does not consider them synonymous. “Alcohol-free” is reserved for wines that contain no detectable alcohol (0.0% ABV).
Is Non-Alcoholic Wine Safe for Pregnancy?
If you’re pregnant and missing the taste of wine, non-alcoholic wine is considered a safer option than regular wine, with a few caveats.
Although there is no evidence to suggest that drinking non-alcohol wine during pregnancy is dangerous, there is a risk of mislabeling and overdrinking.
The safest approach is to drink 0.0% ABV wine. Otherwise, it’s safest not to drink non-alcoholic wine because alcohol harms the development of an unborn baby. For example, it can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, which affects the baby’s brain, spine, and limbs.
However, drinking non-alcoholic wine when pregnant is a personal decision, and you might feel the risk to your baby is minuscule at best.
If you choose to drink non-alcoholic wine when pregnant, read the label to make sure it’s non-alcoholic and limit your consumption to one or two glasses.
Is Non-Alcoholic Wine Better for you Than Standard Wine?
If you’re looking to lose some weight without giving up wine, non-alcoholic wine is the perfect solution because it’s lower in calories.
A glass of non-alcoholic wine is around 20 calories per 100ml, compared to around 65 calories for alcoholic wine. You can expect most non-alcoholic wines to have two to three times fewer calories than their alcoholic counterparts.
Non-alcoholic wine is lower in calories than alcoholic wine because it contains less alcohol, which makes up around 30% of wine’s calories.
Some non-alcoholic wines also have reduced sugar (such as Thomson & Scott Noughty Sparkling Rosé), making them even less calorific and the best choice if you are dieting.
Non-alcoholic red wine might also be better for heart health. This study found it positively affects blood pressure and heart disease versus alcoholic wine because alcohol blocks the polyphenols from doing their work.
What to Expect from Non-Alcoholic Wine
Generally speaking, non-alcoholic wines don’t stand up to their alcoholic counterparts in terms of flavor and complexity.
This is especially true for non-alcoholic red wines. The taste is really pleasant and enjoyable, but it doesn’t really resemble the flavor of a wine that you're used to.
The reason behind this is because the alcohol content in a wine is generally the vehicle that brings all the aromas together and ultimately provides the mouth feel and “thickness” of the wine.
When this vehicle is gone, all these components are still there but they no longer have a delivery method. It’s like a football team without a captain.
All the players are still there, but they have no idea what to do or where to go and are unlikely to make an impact.
The trick when drinking a non-alcoholic wine is just to approach it differently. You can’t go in there expecting it to taste exactly like the wine you are used to, however that doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyable.
It’s about having an open mind when you taste it, and not expecting it to taste like wine that has alcohol in it.
Our Favorite Non Alcoholic Wines
These are our favorite wines with alcohol removed in 2023. White, red, sparkling, rosé, they're all here!
23. Thomson & Scott - Noughty Sparkling Rosé
A classic rosé with flavors of freshly picked berries, Noughty Sparkling Rosé has a bright, acidic character.
It’s dealcoholized by vacuum distillation with aroma recovery, where the wine is enriched following distillation.
Best of all, it has 0.0% alcohol, so it is truly alcohol-free, and it only has 4.0g/100ml of sugar – almost half the sugar content of other non-alcoholic wines. Simply put, you can enjoy it on a diet without feeling guilty.
We love this sparkling rosé with grilled seafood, Asian food, and Mexican food. Try it with smoky cheeses and nachos for a delicious snack.
22. Stella Rosa - Non-Alcoholic Rosé
Stella Rosa - Non-Alcoholic Rosé has a 0.3% ABV with one of the juiciest, freshest flavors. Notes of strawberry, rose petals, and berries with a subtle grapefruit twist give it fantastic character and easy drinkability.
The wine is produced in Northern Italy, dealcoholized with vacuum distillation, and reinforced with natural flavorings to give it a luscious profile. You will adore the crispness and thirst-quenching strawberry flavor.
Perfect pairings include chicken salad, salmon, feta, duck, and pink lamb. It also goes great with veggie skewers and grilled fish.
21. St Regis - Sparkling Brut
A dry, golden sparkling wine with fine bubbles, St Regis Sparkling Brut is perfect for special occasions. It’s made with 100% Chardonnay grapes and has a 0.5% ABV, making it the perfect tipple for lovers of Champagne.
Floral, fruity notes dominate the nose, with flavors of ripe green apple, peach, citrus, and a hint of almond. A slight minerality refreshes the palate with a velvety mouthfeel. It also mixes exceptionally well for cocktails.
Try pairing it with mushroom dishes, pasta, risotto, seafood (especially lobster and shrimp scampi), grilled chicken, and mixed olives.
20. Freixenet - Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine
This refreshing, enticingly acidic sparkling white wine has a reduced sugar content of 38g/l, making it perfect if you are dieting. The wine is dealcoholized with vacuum distillation and purified to create a crisp, bright tipple.
Fizzy bubbles and a pale, bright yellow color give it an alluring charm, with tropical fruits and citrus on the nose. Flavors of peach, apple, lemon, and honeydew offset the reduced sugar, making it taste a little sweeter than it actually is.
We adore this non-alcoholic wine as an aperitif and with halloumi, goat’s cheese, roasted vegetates, grilled chicken, and toasted sandwiches.
19. Pierre Chavin Perle- Non-Alcohol Sparkling
Perle Rose de Chavin is for you if you adore sparkling rosé with balanced sweetness and delicate bubbles. It blends Chardonnay and Merlot, creating a delicate red berry and strawberry flavor profile with notes of rose petals.
Bright and easy to drink, this wine has a 0.0% ABV and is made in the South of France using traditional winemaking techniques and a vacuum distillation process. A light creaminess adds a welcome texture to the fresh flavors.
Spicy and savory dishes pair perfectly with this wine. Try it with fajitas, beef nachos, Cajun chicken, and spicy prawn linguine.
18. Rondel Zero - Non-Alcoholic Cava
Rondel Zero Non-Alcoholic Cava is an apple and citrus delight, perfectly mimicking the flavor profile of traditional cava. It has medium sweetness and a light body, making it easy to drink and perfect for pairing with fish and grilled meats.
Notes of flowers, almonds, melon, and apple give rise to flavors of yellow apple, melon, pear, quince, and Meyer lemon. The finish is fruit-forward, with bready and toasted notes giving it a rich, exciting palate that keeps you coming back.
This cava goes brilliantly with fried foods, creamy sauces, and grilled meats. Cheese, olives, and cured meats are also perfect pairings.
17. Chateau De Fleur Non-alcoholic Champagne
When only Champagne will do, you can do far worse than the Chateau De Fleur Non-alcoholic Champagne.
This crisp, refined Champagne has flavors of apple and peach with fine bubbles that dance on your tongue. Delicious!
Notes of peach, lemon, apple, brioche, and almond give this wine the same nose as traditional, alcoholic Champagne. The flavor profile is also authentic, with a long, refreshing finish and peach, cherry, and cream notes.
This wine is relatively sweet, so it pairs best with creamy and savory dishes. Try it with dauphinoise potatoes, macaroni cheese, and chicken parmesan.
16. Fre - White Zinfandel
A classic Zinfandel with the alcohol removed, Fre White Zinfandel delivers the jammy berry flavors you adore without the alcohol.
Candied fruitiness with a hint of spice gives this wine a moreish, rewarding flavor profile. The alcohol content is 0.5% ABV.
Unlike some white zinfandel heavy on the strawberry, Fre’s interpretation is characterized by plum, cherry, cranberry, and licorice on the nose, with flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, and candied fruit with low acidity.
We love this wine with crab cakes, blue cheese, pesto, pork, and lamb, but it also works well with hamburgers and Chinese takeout.
15. Starla Alcohol Removed Red Blend
Starla Alcohol Removed Red Blend is a unique, low-sugar non-alcoholic wine with a 0.5% ABV.
It blends Ruby Cabernet and Barbera grapes for a juicy, red fruit flavor profile, and it has a dry finish perfect for savory dishes.
Ruby Cabernet grapes have flavors of blackberry and cherry, while Barbera grapes have strawberry and sour cherry flavors. Blending them creates a fruit-forward wine bursting with freshness and a candied character.
Cheese boards, pesto, olives, and antipasti are perfect food pairings. Try it with chocolate, cakes, and sweet pastries for a fruity hit.
14. Surely - Non-Alcoholic Pinot Noir
Full-bodied, non-alcoholic reds don’t come better than Surely Non-Alcoholic Pinot Noir. It has smooth, moderate tannins and notes of cranberry and cherry, with plum and blackberry on the finish for a sophisticated experience.
Balanced acidity and a sweet profile make it highly approachable, with the wine dealcoholized with vacuum distillation. We love the subtle minerality of the finish and the wonderfully vibrant bouquet of plum jam.
Pair it with pasta in rich sauce, calzone, stews, grilled steak, roasted vegetables, and dishes with salty cheeses like Pecorinos.
13. Leitz - Zero Alcohol Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Blancs is Champagne produced only from white grapes, most commonly Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
Leitz Zero Alcohol Blanc de Blancs is a delicious interpretation with a sharp, citrusy profile and a creamy finish.
On the nose, lime, citrus, and hints of gooseberry and apple provide an enticing bouquet, while flavors of green apple, honey, and citrus combine in perfect harmony. Vanilla and toast on the finish give it a convincingly alcoholic taste.
This is a lighter-bodied wine, so it goes best with light seafood and fish dishes and as an aperitif to chicken and salads.
12. Tautila Espumoso Blanco Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wine
Tautila Espumoso Blanco is one of the most refreshing non-alcoholic white wines, with fine bubbles and a long finish.
It’s creamy and mildly acidic, with fresh apple and Meyer lemon on the nose for a citrusy bouquet.
With a 0.0% ABV, this alcohol-free wine is suitable for pregnant women. It’s also vegan and Halal certified, so anyone can enjoy it! The Airen grapes provide a sweetness that borders the dry side, making it very drinkable.
This non-alcoholic wine is a fantastic companion for green leaf salads, soups, light chicken dishes, cold creams, and soft cheeses.
11. Lussory - Non-Alcoholic Merlot
A lusciously rich Merlot with a twang of vanilla and oak, Lussory Red Merlot is full of character.
It has a 0.0% ABV but tastes like the real thing, made in Spain with 100% organic Merlot grapes using traditional winemaking techniques.
The alcohol is removed with vacuum distillation to preserve the flavors and aromas of the wine.
Blackberry, plum, raspberry, and oak aromas make you drool, with the flavor profile adding a hint of vanilla and earthiness for a rich complexity.
Steak, beef stews, roast chicken, garlic dishes, mushroom dishes, Moroccan lamb, and other bold dishes go beautifully with this Merlot.
10. Princess Bianco Dry Non-Alcoholic White
Princess Bianco Dry Non-Alcoholic White Wine is produced in Italy. It has floral notes with hints of honey and freshly cut grass with a dry, appley flavor. It is suitable for vegans and has Halal certification with a 0.0% ABV.
The golden, yellow straw color is like a Riesling’s, but this wine is produced with white table grapes, which are not usually grown for wine production. It has citrusy and appley notes with a twang of peach, with a pleasantly dry, mineral finish.
We love this wine with spinach artichoke dips, Buffalo chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and light appetizers like olives and antipasti.
9. Sovi - Non-Alcoholic Red Wine
This wine’s rich black raspberry flavor, soft tannins, and juicy notes give it fantastic drinkability.
However, there’s a caveat – it comes in a can. This may turn you off, but aluminum is the most environmentally friendly beverage packaging. It’s a wise move and does not detract from this wine’s fruity, delicious flavor.
The soft tannins in Sovi Red make it suited to lean steak dishes, oily fish like herring and salmon, and pasta served in tomato sauce.
8. Sutter Home Fre Brut Non-Alcoholic Wine
I know what you're thinking! Not another sparkling wine! The truth is, when it comes alcohol removed wines, they're the closest thing to the real deal.
This sparkling Brut from Sutter Home Fre is another great example.
It boasts notes of green apples and ripe pears and is a great alternative for sophisticated alcoholic beverages that you may drink at celebrations or other festive events.
This particular wine contains a blend of Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc, and is produced through distillation using the spinning cone process.
Another advantage is that it is a lot easier on the wallet than some of the normal sparkling wines out there, which may be just enough to convince you to give it a try.
It can also be used to make your own mocktails, and is wonderful in this sparkling pomegranate cocktail.
7. Ariel Non Alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon
The Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon is a top alcohol free red wine that is produced through the cold filtration process.
This is probably one of the most popular non alcoholic red wines out there, and this is with good reason.
Even though it is extremely hard to come close to the profile and complexity of a red wine that contains alcohol, we felt this is the one of the best examples of Cabernet Sauvignon out there.
Whether it's close enough or not, we’ll leave you to decide – as we mentioned before, it’s all about having the right mindset when trying a no alcohol wine and not expecting it to be exactly the same.
The wine has a good balance between desirable fruit characteristics, and goes well with red meat.
It may be a tad thin in mouth feel compared to alcoholic wines that you’re used to, but it is definitely worth a try.
About the Producer: Ariel Wineries, a California based winery, started producing dealcoholized wines back in 1985 and it was one of the first of its kind.
Having been on the market this long, they have tremendous amounts of experience in making non alcoholic wine and they manage to come a little bit closer to their alcoholic counterparts as each year passes.
Most of the grapes that are used for Ariel’s wine come from the Central Californian Coast where they have access to J. Lohr’s 3,700 acres of vineyards which are all farmed sustainably.
6. Ariel Chardonnay Non Alcoholic White Wine
From the same producers as above, this wine is also produced using the cold filtration process.
This means that the wine is initially made using traditional methods, and aged like a normal alcoholic wine would, with the alcohol being removed at the end.
When compared to an alcoholic chardonnay, this comes very close in the dry complexity you would expect in a normal wine.
It is probably a little sweeter than its alcoholic cousin, but far less than the other non alcoholic wines out there which tend to be extremely sweet.
Similar to the above, taste it with an open mind and don’t expect it to be an exact substitute for alcoholic wine and you might enjoy it.
It goes best with seafood and white meat dishes such as chicken, turkey, and other types of poultry.
5. Giesen - Zero Alcohol Sauvignon Blanc
Easily one of the best non-alcoholic Sauvignon Blancs money can buy, Giesen Zero Alcohol Sauvignon Blanc has prominent passionfruit and red capsicum flavors, with a twist of lime and sea salt on the nose and an off-dry finish.
With a 0.0% ABV, anyone can enjoy it, and it’s guilt-free with 80% fewer calories than traditional Sauvignon Blanc. The alcohol is removed with spinning cone technology, which produces a delicate, perfectly preserved flavor.
We recommend this wine with shrimp scampi, bruschetta, Caesar salad, focaccia, asparagus, grilled chicken, skewered prawns, and pasta bake.
4. Vin(Zero) - Zero Alcohol Cabernet Sauvignon
Vin(Zero) Cabernet Sauvignon is our favorite non-alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon with a decadent red and blackcurrant flavor and notes of mocha and cherry. It’s rich, hearty, and fit for the finest filet mignon and rich stews.
At 27 calories per 150ml, this is one of the lightest reds available, and it has a 0.0% ABV, so it’s suitable for everyone. The smooth mouthfeel, velvety texture, and long finish make it a top choice for special occasions.
Pair this wine with steak, beef short ribs, roasted or grilled lamb, broccoli rabe, portobello mushrooms, and grilled radicchio.
3. Codorniu Zero
Apple, pineapple, grapefruit, and rose petal notes combine to make Codorniu Zero a delicious, easily drinkable wine.
It’s dry with low acidity, a crisp mouthfeel, and a 0.0% ABV. It’s also gluten-free and vegan.
What makes this wine special? The gentle fizz lifts the tropical notes for a fruity punch, followed by light cream and citrus on the finish. The pale, golden color is typical of Airen wines, which are easy to drink at the dinner table.
Try this wine with grilled fish, lobster claws, mussels, and Mediterranean vegetables. It also complements tapas and Middle Eastern cuisine.
2. Luminara - Alcohol Removed Chardonnay
For special occasions without alcohol, Luminara Alcohol Removed Chardonnay is the perfect tipple.
It blends rich, tropical aromas with Fuji apples and cream flavors, with a crisp finish and a velvety mouthfeel for luscious drinkability.
The 0.5% ABV wine is produced in Napa Valley, California, using 100% Chardonnay grapes for an authentic taste.
Flavors of Fuji apple and cream are joined by papaya, a vanilla undertone, and a light body for easy drinkability.
Well-balanced acidity and moderate sweetness make this Chardonnay perfect for seafood in butter and brown sauces, chicken, savory snacks, and party foods.
1. Pierre Zéro Prestige Merlot
We end our list with the ultimate expression of zero alcohol Merlot.
Pierre Zéro Prestige Merlot has everything wine connoisseurs want – rich black cherry and plum, flavors, oaky notes, and a hint of graphite for balanced minerality – with a 0.0% ABV.
This wine is suitable for vegans and gluten-free, and Pierre Zéro also went through the trouble of getting Halal certification.
A touch of added sugar controls the mineral twang, with a fresh, youthful finish and a jammy aftertaste.
Braised beef, liver and onions, filet mignon, blue cheese, pasta in red sauce, Spanish chicken, and barbeque go amazingly with this non-alcoholic wine.
At the end of the day, whether you enjoy an alcohol-less wine or not, it’s all about tasting them with an open mind.
If you are not expecting an exact replacement of alcoholic wines, you may be pleasantly surprised by how their non alcoholic counterparts measure up.
Alcohol plays a critical part in bringing all the flavors of wine together, and when this piece is missing, it’s very difficult to come up with exactly the same profile. But, this doesn’t mean that alcohol free wines can’t be enjoyable in their own way.
If you happen to try any of the wines that we reviewed above, please let us know what you thought about them.
Also, if you feel that there are any that deserve a spot on the list above, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to try them out.