The 11 Best Non-Alcoholic Wines of 2023

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Non-alcoholic wine is more than just grape juice in a fancy bottle.
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Many people enjoy drinking a glass of wine when the right moment calls for one. But if you're trying to cut back on (or eliminate) alcohol, there are alternatives. Non-alcoholic wine can taste just as good as the real thing, according to people who drink alcohol ‌and‌ people who don't.

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There are plenty of reasons to go with non-alcoholic wine, like participating in sober October or dry January, being the designated driver or making the decision to stop drinking for the health benefits.

Whatever your case may be, one thing's for sure: you can sip a delicious non-alcoholic wine without sacrificing the taste and experience you love.

Below, we spoke to the experts to get the scoop on the best non-alcoholic wines out there to buy, and whether you like a refreshing white, a smooth red or a subtly-sweet rosé, there's a bottle on this list for everyone.

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Warning

Non-alcoholic wine may still have very small amounts of alcohol. Read the product label on your wine for the exact amount of alcohol in it, especially if you’re trying to avoid alcohol completely.

The Best Non-Alcoholic Wines

What Is Non-Alcoholic Wine?

As the name suggests, non-alcoholic wine is wine that contains little to no alcohol. It comes in many of the same flavors and varieties as regular wine, just without as much alcohol.

Non-Alcoholic vs. Alcohol-Free

Yes — non-alcoholic wine may still contain some alcohol. To be considered "non-alcoholic," wine and other beverages must have 0.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) or below, per the FDA. Alcohol-free products, on the other hand, must contain no detectable levels of alcohol

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The best way to know what you're buying is to read your product labels carefully, especially if you're pregnant or otherwise trying to avoid alcohol altogether.

How Is Non-Alcoholic Wine Made?

Many people think non-alcoholic wine is just grape juice that hasn't been processed into wine, but that's actually not true.

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Non-alcoholic wine is made in the same way that regular wine with alcohol is made. The major difference is that the alcohol is removed as an additional step in the manufacturing process, according to Hope Family Wines.

To make non-alcoholic wine, grape juice goes through a vinification (or fermentation) process, which produces wine with alcohol. After, the alcohol is removed from the wine, typically by vacuum distillation, a process in which the wine is heated to almost boiling and the alcohol evaporates.

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When wine is made as usual and the alcohol is removed, it will have less of a "grape juice" taste, and you'll still feel like you're drinking wine, says Wine sommelier Samantha Capaldi.

Things to Consider Before Buying Non-Alcoholic Wine

With so many non-alcoholic wines on the market nowadays, finding the one that best suits your taste buds may seem challenging. There are some factors to consider when you're deciding on which to choose:

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Your Preferences

Choosing wine, whether it has alcohol or not, can be tricky. You must consider your own personal preferences, for example, whether you prefer sparkling or flat, chilled or room-temperature, white wine, red wine or a refreshing rosé.

Dry wines have less sugar than sweet wines, and usually have a taste that's more tart.

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The Taste

One important factor in choosing the best non-alcoholic wine is whether or not you prefer the beverage to taste like the real thing or not.

Some people buy non-alcoholic wine to mimic the taste of real wine, while others simply want a non-alcoholic option that doesn't necessarily have the same exact taste.

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Non-alcoholic wines that have been dealcoholized will taste more like real wine, while there are some that are made with (unfermented) grape juice with other ingredients added for flavor. Choose one based on your personal preferences.

Sugar and Calories

The fact that non-alcoholic wine doesn't have much alcohol doesn't automatically make it healthy. Many non-alcoholic wine options can be high in sugar and add calories to your diet, so be sure to take the nutritionals into account before you buy and pour.

How We Chose

With the sober curious movement on the rise, Capaldi says it's been important to her business that she try and offer non-alcoholic wine options to her clients. "Being a sommelier and finding or even accepting a non-alcoholic wine can be a challenge. But non-alcoholic wines are here to stay for a very good reason."

So, she's tried non-alcoholic wines of all types and varieties and shared her experience with us. In addition to her input, we consulted reviews from real people and put it all together to come up with our list of the best non-alcoholic wines based on the following criteria:

  • Taste
  • Flavor options
  • Cost
  • Nutritional factors, like calories and sugar content

1. Best Rosè: Giesen

This refreshing non-alcoholic rosé from Giesen will delight your taste buds.
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If you're a sucker for a good rosè, you don't want to miss out on Giesen's rosè blend from New Zealand. Featuring aromas of apples, raspberries and cherries, this best-selling premium non-alcoholic rosè from New Zealand is perfect for all occasions.

Giesen grapes are picked early in the harvest so they retain their tart acidic taste. This rosé, in particular, gets its color from the natural pigment of the grape skins. The grapes go straight to press after they're harvested, which gives the wine its signature pink rose color, bright acidity and fruity aromatics.

Unlike some rosè that can be on the sweeter side, Giesen is refreshingly light and just slightly sweet. You won't be able to wait until summer for another sip.

Tasting Notes

  • vibrant apple, raspberry and cherry aromas
  • light floral notes
  • light and refreshing

Nutrition

Per 12-ounce serving:

  • 45 calories
  • 6 grams of sugar

Buy it:Better Rhodes; ‌Price:‌ $15.99

2. Best Rosé (Runner-Up): Stella Rosa

If you like a sweet rosé, reach for this non-alcoholic option from Stella Rosa.
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If you like your rosé on the sweeter side and enjoy it a little bubbly, popular wine brand Stella Rosa has a collection of non-alcoholic wines, including a black, peach, red and this fruity, sparkling rosè wine.

Unlike Giesen's rosè, Stella Rosa's blend is a sweet concoction of fresh fruit flavors, including strawberry, rose petal, and berry. This non-alcoholic rosé is great chilled and served on its own, but also makes a perfect mocktail ingredient.

Tasting Notes

  • fresh strawberry, rose and berry notes
  • sparkling
  • sweet
  • light and refreshing

Nutrition

Per 5-ounce serving:

  • 75 calories
  • 18 grams of sugar

Buy it:Better Rhodes; ‌Price:‌ $15.99

3. Best Chardonnay: Fre

This deliciously smooth non-alcoholic chardonnay goes well with a chicken or fish dinner.
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One of the sister companies to popular wine brand Sutter Home, Fre is a go-to option for anyone looking for a good (and budget-friendly) bottle of non-alcoholic wine.

Their chardonnay, in particular, offers tropical fruit aromas with a blend of rich apple flavors, followed by a tart, citrusy finish. Yet, even at a budget-friendly price, it doesn't take away from the elegance and rich notes in this wine.

Reviewers say this delicious wine tastes just like real chardonnay, and it's a great non-alcoholic wine to have for non-drinking guests at dinner parties. Reviewers who have stopped drinking and others who have cut back say this bottle has been a lifesaver.

Tasting Notes

  • tropical fruit aromas
  • rich apple and tart citrus notes
  • smooth and pairs well with poultry, seafood and pasta

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 60 calories
  • 12 grams of sugar

Buy it:One Stop Wine Shop ($7); Total Wine ($8.99); Amazon ($14.99)

4. Best Riesling: Leitz

This non-alcoholic riesling is a semi-dry option for those that like a crisp wine.
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Known as one of the best wine producers in Germany, Eins Zwei Zero created a non-alcoholic version of their original riesling, and believe us when we say it tastes just as good as the real thing!

The riesling shares an aroma of red apple and refreshing citrus, and it has that characteristic sharp finish rieslings are known for. The sugar balances the bright flavors, bringing them together for a crisp, semi-dry wine. The brand also offers this non-alcoholic riesling in a sparkling option if you like bubbles to your beverage, or want to add it to a mocktail.

Reviewers say this wine is nice and refreshing, and it tastes just like a lighter version of the real thing.

Tasting Notes

  • red apple and grapefruit notes
  • dry and refreshing with a clean and long finish

Nutrition

Per 3.5-ounce serving:

  • 17 calories
  • 4 grams of sugar

Buy it:Better Rhodes; ‌Price:‌ $17.99

5. Best 'Rich' White: Pastiche by Proxies

Pair this rich non-alcoholic white wine with curries and other warm, spicy dishes.
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Using Gewurztraminer (a white wine grape variety), Pastiche features a fruity combination of lychee, peach and pineapple along with underlying notes of peppercorn, clove and Mosaic hops for a bold, spicy finish.

These non-alcoholic wines from Proxies aren't actually wine. Rather they're blends of juices, teas, spices, bitters and other ingredients that are specifically designed to pair with food, according to the brand.

The Mosaic hops in this full-bodied wine give it a slight funk and incredible texture that accentuates the smooth oolong tea.

If you're looking for a bottle of wine to go with your dinner, this bottle is perfect for a variety of meals. "I love it with spicy Thai or Indian curry, al pastor tacos, a grilled pork chop, or mahi-mahi fresh off the grill," Kaner suggests.

Tasting Notes

  • flavors of sweet Gewurztraminer grape, lychee, peach and pineapple
  • notes of peppercorn, clove and hops
  • funky, spicy aroma
  • rich and full-bodied
  • goes great with spicy dishes

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 50 calories
  • 11 grams of sugar

Buy it:Boisson; ‌Price:‌ $28

6. Best Red: Velvet by Proxies

For red wine lovers, this delightful non-alcoholic red wine is a favorite.
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Another Proxies favorite, this blend of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry flavors combine to create a bright yet deep red wine. If you typically like cabernet sauvignon, this is the non-alcoholic red wine for you.

"I discovered a few non-alcoholic wines from Proxies I genuinely enjoy, especially 'Velvet,' and I often recommend it to clients," Capaldi says. "Finding the best non-alcoholic red wine has been nearly impossible, but Proxies wine has changed my mind completely."

Reviewers that drink and those that don't partake seem to agree: this option has what you want in a bold red wine — complexity.

"A lot of alcohol-free wine tends to make me feel like I should just drink grape juice, but not this one. This red has actual tannins that coat my palate, bright acidity and the perfect balance of fruit and earth to pair alongside your favorite hearty dishes," Capaldi says.

Tasting Notes

  • characteristics of cabernet sauvignon
  • bold flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, cherries and blueberries
  • rich, smooth and acidic

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 40 calories
  • 10 grams of sugar

Buy it:Boisson; ‌Price:‌ $28

7. Best Red Blend: Luminara

Bold red wine lovers will rejoice for this bold non-alcoholic red wine from Luminara.
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Coming exclusively from Napa Valley, Luminara is a non-alcoholic wine brand that offers two types of premium, high-quality wines: a Chardonnay and this Red Blend, which combines 70 percent pinot noir and 30 percent zinfandel.

Their red blend carries a deep flavor of black cherry and red fruits, and thanks to a careful dealcoholization process, retains the bold acidity you look for in a good red wine. It's also aged in American and French oak, which imparts a complex texture reviewers love.

For those who love a bold medium-bodied red wine, this blend has slightly smoky, spicy notes that will wake up your senses.

Tasting Notes

  • deep black cherry and ripe red fruit flavors
  • delicate notes of smoke and spice
  • long and lingering finish with refreshing acidity

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 50 calories
  • 8 grams of sugar

Buy it:Better Rhodes ($23.99); One Stop Wine Shop ($20)

8. Best Canned Wine: Surely

Grab this canned non-alcoholic wine for when pouring a glass isn't an option.
Image Credit: Surely

Sometimes drinking wine out of a glass isn't the most practical idea. Luckily, Surely (aside from their already exceptional bottles of wine) offers cans you can grab and go with on your next adventure.

They offer three types of canned non-alcoholic wine: Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rosè and Rosè Spritz. The Sparkling Brut, a sparkling white wine, is on the drier side and offers notes of lemon, peach and passion fruit.

The Rosé has a light, crisp mouthfeel and delicate fruit notes from grapefruit and guava. The Rosè Spritz, on the other hand, has flavors of passion fruit and coconut.

Whichever you choose, all three of these non-alcoholic wine choices will make you feel like you're on vacation.

Tasting Notes

  • delicate tropical and citrus fruit flavors
  • light and refreshing

Nutrition

Per 8.5-ounce can:

  • 15 calories
  • 1 gram of sugar

Buy it:Boisson; ‌Price:‌ $30

9. Best Sparkling Wine: Noughty

If you love your beverage bubbly, reach for these non-alcoholic wines from Noughty.
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You can't go wrong when deciding between Noughty's two sparkling wines. The Sparkling Chardonnay and Sparkling Rosè are both perfect for any occasion and have some level of sweetness without going overboard.

The Chardonnay offers hints of crisp and ripe apple with just a touch of sweetness to finish it off. The Rosè offers notes of fresh berries, and while it is slightly sweetened, it also has a little kick of acidity at the end.

Noughty is not only delicious but certified organic, vegan, and less than 20 calories per glass for those looking to splurge on a nice glass of bubbly and not ruin their diet.

Tasting Notes

  • crisp ripe apple
  • medium-dry with a chalky finish

Nutrition

Per 3.5-ounce serving:

  • 14 calories
  • 4.3 grams of sugar

Buy it:Better Rhodes ($21.99); Boisson ($22)

10. Best Sparkling Alternative: Töst

Reviewers love this sparkling non-alcoholic wine from Töst.
Image Credit: Tost

There's something so unique and irresistible about Töst we had to put it on our list. The sparkling non-alcoholic beverage is made with white tea, white cranberry and ginger with just a hint of agave for a crisp, refreshing finish.

They also have a Rosè made with white tea, ginger and elderberry that has a much more fruity, citrusy flavor. Both beverages offer a dry finish that keeps wine lovers returning for more.

Reviewers who have tried many non-alcoholic wine options say this one is as close to real wine as they come, and pairs well with poultry, pasta and fish.

Tasting Notes

  • white cranberry and ginger flavors
  • hint of agave and smooth white tea
  • refreshing finish

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 45 calories
  • 11 grams

Buy it:Better Rhodes; ‌Price:‌ $8.99

11. Best Non-Alcoholic Sangria: Montevides

There are a few flavors to choose from among Montevides non-alcoholic Sangria.
Image Credit: Montevides

There is never a wrong time for a refreshing glass of sangria, whether it's cooling down on a hot summer day or curling up by the fireplace during fall.

A blend produced in Spain, Montevides offers a red and white non-alcoholic sangria wine that's made using fresh fruit from the Mediterranean.

Their Red Sangria includes lemon, orange, peach, and apple, along with cinnamon flavors, and their white sangria includes lime, passion fruit, apple, white grape and cinnamon for a tropical feel.

Tasting Notes

  • flavors of citrus and passion fruit, apple and white grape
  • sweet and full-bodied

Nutrition

Per 8-ounce serving:

  • 57 calories
  • 14 grams of sugar

Buy it:KegWorks; ‌Price: ‌$10.99

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