How to enjoy your wine and keep calorie intake under control? You just need to know which wine to drink! Check out our tips in the following article.
How many calories are there in a bottle of wine?
An average bottle of wine (750 ml) contains circa 635 cal. Most people are unlikely to consume a bottle of wine in a single go. That is why it is essential to know the calories per serving as well. A single glass of wine of 150ml contains circa 125 cal. The number of calories varies depending on the type of wine you drink.
Where do wine calories come from?
Alcohol is the first component contributing to calories in wine. Each gram of alcohol equals to approximately 7 cal. Alcohol is measured by ‘alcohol by value’ (ABV) and is indicated as a % on the bottle. That means that wines with higher ABV % will have more calories.
Unsurprisingly sugar is the other main calorie component in wine. Each gram of sugar translates in 4 cal. With every serving of wine, you can expect to consume 4 g of sugar, or 16 cal.
Are there more calories in Red or White wine?
Red wine tends to have higher ABV hence is typically more caloric than white wine. A bottle of red will have circa 800 cal, whereas a bottle of white – around 550 cal.
Translating it into a ‘glass’ - this would mean 130 to 165 cal in a usual glass of red and 111 to 140 cal in a glass of white.
What about Sparkling wine?
Unfortunately, Sparkling wine is the ‘heaviest’ wine with only Dessert wine having more calories. A bottle of Sparkling wine contains circa 1000-1100 cal, and a single glass of sparkling wine like Prosecco circa 158 cal. The main reason is a higher level of sugar in Sparkling wines compared to still wines. This counts both for Prosecco and for Champagne that has sweet ‘liquor de tirage’ added at the end of the wine making process.
How to choose wine with fewer calories?
- Check the ABV:
As explained above, ABV % significantly contributes to the calorific value of the wine. To drink wine with lower calorie amount, choose wine with lower level of ABV.
Being simpler with white wine that usually contains 12.5-13% ABV, this ‘rule’ is a bit trickier with red that often has 14% ABV.
- Stick with white:
White wine is the ‘lightest’ of all wine types. If you keep to white, you are ‘doing your best’ to keep the diet. The following types of white wine typically have fewer calories, so you can even go further and stick with them: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Vermentino.
- Avoid added sugar in Champagne:
If you fancy a glass of bubbles, try to choose the one that states ‘Dosaggiozero’ (‘zero added sugar’), or ‘Extra Brut’. This means that there has been no sugar added as part of wine making process or the wine is the ‘driest’. We recommend Franciacorta Dosaggiozero or Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Brut.
- Consume moderately:
The last tip is, of course, to stick to the age-old dogma. It is all about the quantity. Manage your wine consumption and your calories will be managed to.
We hope these tips will be helpful to continue enjoying your wine😊