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Guide to Low Carb Red Wine

Guide to Low Carb Red Wine

In general, wine is lower in carbs than many other types of alcoholic drinks, such as beer, cider and most cocktails. For this reason, wine tends to be one of the drinks of choice for people who are trying to cut down on carbs.

However, if you are following a strict low carb diet such as the keto diet, you may find that the carbohydrate content in regular red wines makes them unsuitable for your diet. Luckily, if you know where to look, it is possible to find low carb red wines that still retain a good ABV% and also taste great.

At DrinkWell, we do the hard work for you in our quest to bring you the best low carb wines from around the world.

How many carbs are in red wine?

According to the US Department of Agriculture, a 147ml glass of red wine contains 3.8g carbs and 125 calories. That's about the same amount of carbs you would find in the average glass of white wine, so no need to worry if you prefer a glass of red!

However, dry wines generally have the lowest carb content, usually containing around 1-2 g carbs per 125ml. The table below shows the average carb content in some popular red wines.

Wine

Carbs per 125ml

Cabernet Sauvignon

2.2g

Pinot Noir

2.9g

Merlot

3g

Shiraz

3.2g 

Zinfandel 

3.7g

Chenin Blanc

4.2g

Port

15g


Can you get low carb red wine?

If the red wine carb content mentioned above fills you with dread, don’t lose hope just yet . There is a variety of low carb red wines out there that can easily fit within the requirements of a low carb diet.

How is low carb red wine made?

During the winemaking process, yeast is added to the juice from the grapes to convert the naturally occurring sugars into alcohol. In some cases, this process is stopped early, causing there to be residual sugar left in the wine, resulting in more carbs! If a sweet taste is desired, some winemakers even add more sugar to the wine, leading to an even higher carb content.

However, in the case of a low carb dry wine, the fermentation process is left to continue until all or most of the sugar has been fermented into alcohol, resulting in a lower-carb end product. In some cases, it is even possible to have zero carbs in the final product- like the zero carb Guillaume Aurele Merlot available now at DrinkWell.

  • Guillaume Aurele Merlot
  • £10.99
Nutrition details (per 125ml)
ABV13.5%
Calories92
Sugars0g

An incredible new fruity red wine from an incredible french winemaker. Merlot is our highest selling variety so we brought ... read more

Low carb red wine at DrinkWell

DrinkWell understands the difficulties involved in following a low carb diet, so we have worked tirelessly in recent years to source the best low carb red wines available from around the world to make your life a little easier.

At DrinkWell, we clearly display the carb and calorie content of all our red wines so that you can easily identify the wines that are suitable for your requirements. We are committed to constantly refreshing our range so that we can bring you the most exciting low carb red wines on the market to ensure you don’t get bored!

Below are some of our favourite low and zero carb red wine offerings.

Vina Mariposa Tinto

Probably our best value zero-carb red wine. We can’t get over the bucket loads of value that you get for just £8.99 when you choose the Vina Mariposa Tinto from the DrinkWell website. It’s also super low in calories compared to most red wines, with just 89 calories per 125ml. This gluten-free red wine combines the classic Spanish red varieties of Garnacha (60%) and Tempranillo (40%) creating a bright, fruity modern wine.

Les Mazelles Pinot Noir Zero

sugar and zero carbs in an incredible red wine produced by one of the best in the business in the South West of France. With it also being gluten free and suitable for vegans, this classy wine caters to most people's dietary requirements. This Pinot Noir is allowed to mature in oak barrels for up to 10 months, creating a delicate, pure wine very much in the Burgundian style. We recommend pairing with pork chops or grilled salmon. You can find Les Mazelles Pinot Noir on the DrinkWell website for £12.99 per bottle.

Passion de Bobal Tinto

This zero-carb wine is a real show-stopper, earning a vast number of awards, including the 2015 Vintage IWC 2018 Gold award. Hailing from Spain, this impressive 14%ABV wine contains a mere 80 calories per 125ml, and is suitable for vegans and gluten free diets. The palate is well-balanced with dark fruits, toasty oak, fine tannins and a generous and lifted finish.Get yourself a bottle from the DrinkWell website for £13.99.

Domaines Andre Aubert La Serine Cotes du Rhone

A ripe, generous Cotes du Rhone from an estate in the Donzere area of the southern Rhone. With zero carbs and just 98 calories per 125ml, we really don’t think it’s possible to find fault in this delicate red wine. It is a classic blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that goes well with grilled meat and beef casserole. You can find this wine on the DrinkWell website for £12.49 per bottle.

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