If you are partial to a nice glass of crisp white wine, you are in good company - wine was found to be the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the UK in a 2019 YouGov survey, with white wine being the most popular type of wine. It’s easy to see why white wine is so popular - there are varieties to suit everyone's taste, it pairs well with a range of different types of cuisine, and many varieties are light and refreshing enough to enjoy during the day time.
But what impact does a bottle of white wine have on your waistline? We all know that alcohol can have long term damaging effects on our health if consumed in excess, but we don't always think about the calories in a bottle of wine in the same way we consider the calories in the food we eat. In this blog, we will have a look at how many calories there are in a bottle of white wine, and walk you through some of the lower calorie alternatives available at DrinkWell.
What type of wine has the most calories?
The exact amount of calories found in a bottle of white wine can vary widely between varieties of wine and different brands. Factors such as the alcohol content, residual sugar levels, and the techniques used on the winemaking process, all have an influence over the calorie content of the end product.
Depending on the Colour
There is some good news for white wine fans - a bottle of white wine will generally have less calories than a bottle of red wine. However, rose wine is on average the lowest calorie wine type, with 70-80 calories per 100ml, compared to 73-83 calories per 100ml for white wine, and 75-85 per 100ml for red wine.
This is partly due to the fact that red wines tend to have a higher alcohol content, and as we mentioned earlier, alcohol is responsible for the majority of the calories in wine. The rest of the calories in wine come from carbs, which contain around four calories per gram.
Depending on the Dryness
Dry wines contain less carbs, as they usually have little residual sugar because most or all of the sugar from the grapes has been converted to alcohol during fermentation. Therefore, opting for dry wines with a lower ABV is the best way to choose a lower calorie bottle of wine. Conversely, you should avoid sweet wines, particularly sweet dessert wines like port that have both a high alcohol content and high sugar content.
Nutrition details (per 125ml)
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How many calories are in white wine on average?
The DrinkAwaretom website estimates that a standard 175ml glass of 13%ABV white wine contains approximately 159 calories. That means that a bottle of white wine will contain around 685 calories. However, due to limited labelling requirements, it can be nearly impossible to find out the calorie content of some bottles of white wine.
To put that into perspective, that's 100 more calories in a bottle of whine than there are in a big mac or a chocolate muffin. To burn that amount of calories, the average person would have to run for about an hour - that’s a serious amount of effort!
However, white wines can also contain significantly less calories than this. Wines with a lower alcohol content, generally contain lower calories, as alcohol contains around 7 calories per gram. So if you ever find yourself in the supermarket wondering which bottle of white to choose, your safest bet is to opt for the option with the lower ABV. Typically, most white wines will fall somewhere between 550 calories and 680 calories per bottle.
What variety of white wine contains the most calories?
The calorie content varies between different varieties of white wine. Below are some examples of the calories found, on average, in popular varieties of white wine.
- Sauvignon Blanc - 595 calories per bottle
- Chardonnay - 615 calories per bottle
- Pinot Grigio - 610 calories per bottle
- Chenin Blanc - 590 calories per bottle
- Riesling - 590 calories per bottle
- Muscat - 615 calories per bottle
DrinkWell White Wines
At DrinkWell, we have worked hard to source the best lower calorie white wines from around the world for you to enjoy. We are proud to stock a diverse collection of lower calorie white wines that don’t compromise on quality or flavour. And we don't stop there - as well as being lower in calories content, many of the wines in our collection are also low sugar, organic, vegan friendly, and suitable for keto diets. Check out the list below for a selection of our current favourites, or pick up a case of some of our best lower calorie white wines to find your new favourites.
Let’s start with our lowest calorie white wine offering, Cuvee Il Bianco 450, which contains just 75 calories per 125ml. That means that a whole 750ml bottle of this vegan friendly white wine provides 450 calories - which is more than 200 calories less than the average bottle of white wine! The low calorie content is in part thanks to the fact that this wine contains no carbs at all, making it suitable for a keto diet as well. This wine is made from fresh and cool weather-picked Chardonnay and Grand Grapes (Sauvignon), giving the wine a crisp, citrus rich refreshing taste. If you are tempted by this Italian wine, you can buy a bottle from the DrinkWell website for £11.99
Pinot Grigio fans will have noticed earlier in the blog that Pinot Grigios tend to contain more calories than other popular white wines. But fear not - we have a fabulous lower calorie Pinot Grigio available at DrinkWell in the form of Vino Pomona! You’ll be pleased to know that a bottle of 12% ABV Vino Pomona contains just 480 calories - significantly less than the average for this type of wine which is around 610 calories per bottle. It also tastes great, with delicate apple and zingy citrus fruit on the palate, ending in a crisp, refreshing finish. It is also suitable for a gluten free diet and contains just 0.25g of sugar per 125ml. Why not try a bottle for yourself - it will cost you just £9.99 when ordered from the DrinkWell website.
As we learnt earlier in the blog, Chardonnay is typically one of the highest calorie types of white wine. However, at DrinkWell we know the Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines, so we were determined to find some lower calorie options for our customers. DrinkWell carefully sourced The Last Stand Chardonnay from northern Victoria, Australia for its distinctive flavour and lower calorie content - a bottle of this Chardonnay contains just 468 calories! The Last Stand is a refreshing unoaked blend of citrus and white peach on the palate with a clean, bright finish that pairs well with tempura fried vegetables, chicken salads or crispy Chinese pork. Grab yourself a bottle of this vegan friendly wine for £9.99 from the DrinkWell website.
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