Over the years, studies have pointed to some surprising health benefits of drinking wine in moderation, including benefits for cholesterol, heart health and blood pressure. But it’s no secret that if you’re looking to cut carbs and calories, wine isn’t necessarily the best for that. Fortunately, there are a variety of wines that are made with fewer calories. These can be a great option for anyone looking to cut carbs.
The type of wine you drink has an effect on your calorie intake. For example, reds tend to have more calories than whites, and sweeter wines have more calories than drier wines. The alcohol by volume (ABV) has a big effect, too. A higher ABV increases the calories. That’s why many low-calorie wines are also lower ABV. That said, there are wines on this list with 11.5% and 13%, so you don’t necessarily have to give up a boozier wine to cut calories.
We’ve rounded up some of the lowest-calorie wines for anyone looking to cut carbs and sugar. With calories, carbs and sugar, the measurements are by serving, which is generally counted as 5 oz. There isn’t a hard limit on calories for this list, but most are less than 100 and several are less than 90.
Of course, plenty of low-calorie wines are delicious in their own right — you don’t need to be cutting calories to enjoy a glass of one of these wines. Here are a few bottles to try.
1. Kendall-Jackson Lower Calorie Chardonnay
Kendall-Jackson is a California winery that makes affordable wines and regularly racks up awards, including a winery of the year award in 2017. They also have a line of low-calorie wines, such as the Avant Chardonnay. It has just 85 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving.
2. Mind and Body Cabernet Sauvignon
Mind and Body focuses on making wines with fewer calories and a lower ABV. It can be more difficult to find lower-calorie red wines, but this Cabernet Sauvignon has 90 calories per serving, which is less than some of the white wines on this list. This full-bodied wine has 9% ABV.
3. Cupcake LightHearted Rosé
Cupcakes may be sweet and sugary, but Cupcake wine doesn’t have to be. Cupcake’s line of LightHearted wines is a good option for any calorie-conscious wine lover. Each serving has 80 calories per serving and 3.7 carbs per serving. And at 8% ABV, it’s also less alcoholic than other wines.
4. Bev Rosé
BEST CANNED WINE
It can be easy to drink more wine than you intend to when you crack open a full-size bottle, but Bev’s canned wines make it easier to keep track of how much wine you’re drinking. Each can is equivalent to one and a half glasses of wine. It has 100 calories and 3 carbs per serving. The ABV is 11.9%.
5. FitVine Cabernet
BEST LOW SUGAR WINE
With a label that looks like it should belong to an energy drink, FitVine offers an unexpected take on wine. FitVine is generally not as low calorie as some of the other options on this list; this Cabernet 117 calories per serving. But it is a great option for anyone looking to cut sugar. A 5 oz glass has just 0.06g of sugar.
6. Avaline White
BEST ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
Avaline focuses on using clean ingredients such as organic grapes and vegan production methods (although wine is made from grapes, the fining process can sometimes involve animal products). This white has less than 0g of sugar, 2.5g of carbs and 103 calories per serving. The ABV is 11.5%.
7. Yes Way Rose
Yes Way Rose brings a playful energy to the wine world. Unsurprisingly, the brand focuses almost entirely on Rose. The wine has 110 calories, 2g of carbs, 1g of sugar and 12.5% ABV.
8. Yellow Tail Pure Bright Sauvignon Blanc
BEST AUSTRALIAN WINE
Australian Winery Yellow Tail is one of the most consistently affordable wine brands, and they offer a wide variety of whites, reds, roses and sparkling wines. Their Pure Bright wines are lower-calorie and lower ABV. This wine has 80 calories and 8.5% alc/vol.