What to consider when looking for low alcohol wines

Article date: 31 March 2017

Low alcohol wines

As you get older, your drinking habits change. There was a time when the mere thought of a pint of ale sent shudders down my spine. Now, I love ale. And, in particular, I like it when it’s fairly low in alcohol, between three and four percent. I suffer a dichotomy of feelings when browsing bottles of craft beer. On the one hand, I’m intrigued by beers that sell themselves as full-flavoured, specially brewed with hand-picked ingredients. On the other hand, I wince at the thought of glugging down six or seven percent alcohol. I want to, but my body just can’t take it. Luckily, most craft brewers have a beer that caters for my taste and well-being.

The same, however, can’t be said about wine. There a few sure-fire bets – German Riesling (typically seven to nine percent) and Lambrusco (as low as four percent) come to mind. But on the whole, the alcohol content is about the grape, the region and the maker. So if you’re looking for wines below say 12%, then here are some regions and styles to consider.

German Riesling

  • Dr. Wagner Riesling – 8.5% (Waitrose)

Hunter Valley Semillon (Australia)

  • Exquisite Hunter Valley Semillon – 11% (Aldi)
  • Lindemans Bin 1355 Hunter Valley Semillon – 10.5% (Waitrose)

Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Muscadet (Loire, France)

  • Exquisite Muscadet Sevre et Maine – 11.5% (Aldi)

Beaujolais (France)

  • Cuvée des Vignerons, Beaujolais – 12% (Waitrose)

Prosecco (Italy)

  • Sainsbury’s Conegliano Prosecco, Taste the Difference – 10.5% (Sainsbury’s)
  • Prosecco La Gioiosa DOCG – 11% (Majestic)

Others to consider

  • Torres Viña Esmeralda – 11% (Waitrose)
  • Tim Adams Protégé Riesling – 11.5% (Tesco)
  • Pikes Riesling Clare Valley – 11.5% (Marks & Spencer)