Demand for non-alcoholic drinks is booming as so many of us seek healthier lifestyles by cutting down on booze, or cutting it out completely. Non-alcoholic wine, or ‘de-alcoholised’ wine as it should more properly be called, has been around for a while but has long suffered from a reputation as being lacklustre and disappointing compared to its full-strength versions. The good news is that this demand is driving winemakers to raise their game and we are now seeing more and more decent brands coming onto the market.


The problem for serious wine lovers is that so much of what we love about wine – the complexity of aromas and flavours as well as the mouth-filling textures – are removed along with the buzz of the alcohol. There are hundreds of flavour and aroma compounds found in wine and while some of these can be re-blended back in after the alcohol is extracted, the full gamut of wine’s sensations can never be fully replicated in its booze-free brothers so, while improvements in technology and winemaking techniques have led to increased quality, it’s good to approach them with realistic expectations to avoid disappointment.

Sparkling wine is often most successful in non-alcoholic form because the bubbles add extra texture and interest, and also make the wine seem less sickly. The best makers successfully balance fruitiness, sweetness and refreshing acidity to make fizz that still has a celebratory feel despite being alcohol-free.

Sugar is often added to de-alcoholised wines to give them a richer mouthfeel but this can make them unpalatably sweet. Chilling wine cuts its sweetness so make sure you give whites and sparkling wines plenty of time in the fridge before you drink them. Most reds will also benefit from being slightly cool to stop them tasting soupy, so chill them for 20 minutes or so before serving.

Much of the pleasure of wine is in the rituals of our drinking, as well as the pleasure of what’s in the glass. It is an act of relaxation, a simple, civilised and civilising enjoyment, taken alone or shared with friends over a meal. Cutting out the booze needn’t mean we miss out on all this, but do make the best of the occasion and of your bottle by using your best glasses and making sure they’re spotlessly clean.

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Read on for Kate's top picks of the best non-alcoholic wines to try, starting from just £3.25 a bottle and representing a variety of styles - from wintery cabernet sauvignons to summery rosé and sparkling non-alcoholic options.

See the results of our 2022 wine awards non-alcoholic category below.

Best non-alcoholic wines at a glance

  • Best overall non-alcoholic wine: Leitz Eins Zwei Zero, £6.99
  • Best organic non-alcoholic wine: Thomas & Scott Noughty, £13.50
  • Best non-alcoholic sparkling riesling: Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling Riesling, £9.99
  • Best Italian non-alcoholic wine: La Gioiosa, £6.50
  • Best non-alcoholic muscat: M&S alcohol free Sparkling muscat, £5.25
  • Best budget non-alcoholic wine: Nozeco, £3.25
  • Best for food pairing: Wednesday's Domaine, £25.99 for twin pack
  • Best non-alcoholic rosé: Tesco low alcohol garnacha rosé, £3.50
  • Best non-alcoholic wine for spicy food: Torres Natureo De Alcoholised Muscat, £6
  • Best non-alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon: Sinzero Rivera Cabernet Sauvignon, £11.25
  • Best non-alcoholic Shiraz: De Bortoli The Very Cautious One Shiraz, £6
  • Best non-alcoholic wine for winter: Eisberg Alcohol Free Cabernet Sauvignon, £3.50
  • Best low-alcohol white wine: Forrest Wines 'The Doctors'' Sauvignon Blanc, £11.99

Best non-alcoholic wines to buy 2023

Leitz Eins Zwei Zero

A bottle of Leitz Eins Zwei Zero

Best overall non-alcoholic wine

My favourite alcohol-free wine, an off-dry riesling with zesty, peachy fruit that’s brilliant with Thai or Vietnamese food.

Available from:
Waitrose Cellar (£6.99)

Thomson & Scott Noughty

Thompson Scott Noughty Alcohol Free Chardonnay

Best organic non-alcoholic wine

Organic, vegan and low in sugar, this 0% sparkler made from chardonnay grapes has a lovely green-apple freshness and clean, bright acidity. One of the best.

Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling Riesling

Eins Zwei Zero Sparkling

Best non-alcoholic sparkling riesling

Weingut Leitz is a very well-respected producer at the forefront of modern German winemaking. This has zippy notes of lime, crunchy apples and a hint of rhubarb, and its labelling is super-smart.

Available from:
Waitrose Cellar (£9.99)

La Gioiosa Sparkling

La Gioiosa Alcohol Free

Best Italian non-alcoholic wine

From one of Italy’s leading prosecco makers, this packs plenty of peachy fruit and pretty floral notes into its fine, cheerful fizz.

Available from:
Ocado (£6.50)

M&S Alcohol-Free Sparkling Muscat

M&S Alcohol Free Sparkling Muscat

Best non-alcoholic muscat

Rather than being de-alcoholised wine, this is simply muscat grape juice with carbon dioxide to give it its sparkle. Clean and fruity without being cloying.

Available from:
Ocado (£5.25)



Best budget non-alcoholic wine

Cheap and cheerful bubbles; quite sweet but easy to drink if served very cold.

Available from:
Tesco (£3.25)
Asda (£3)
Sainsbury's (£3.75)

Wednesday's Domaine

Wednesdays Domaine

Best for food pairing

This pair of de-alcoholised wines from new brand Wednesday’s Domaine delivers a pleasing complexity of flavour with a nice, balanced finish. The Piquant white is made from Airen Blanco grapes and is crisp and floral – a great partner to Thai dishes. The Sanguine red uses Tempranillo to create a light, berry-focussed red with a little tang which would be perfect with chargrilled meat or veg. Both wines are also low in sugar, and only around 42 calories a glass.

Available from:
Wednesday's Domaine (£25.99 for two bottles)

Tesco Low-Alcohol Garnacha Rosé

Tesco Low Alcohol Garnacha Rose

Best non-alcoholic rosé

Gorgeous scents of strawberries and mountain herbs in this pretty 0.5%-ABV wine that’ll transport you back to summer.

Available from:
Tesco (£3.50)

Torres Natureo De Alcoholised Muscat

Torres Natureo De-Alcoholised Muscat

Best non-alcoholic wine for spicy food

One of the first zero-alcohol wines and still one of the best. Classic floral muscat aromas with wine-like grapeyness. Great with spicy Thai food.

Available from:
Sainsbury's (£6)
Waitrose Cellar (£6.30)

Sinzero Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Sinzero Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Best non-alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Drinker has a huge range of alcohol-free drinks, including beers, ciders and spirits as well as wine. This softly spicy 0.5%-ABV cab sauv is given some muscly body by four months ageing in oak barrels; perfect for a mid-week pasta supper.

Available from:
DryDrinker (£11.25)

De Bortoli The Very Cautious One Shiraz

De Bortoli The Very Cautious One Shiraz

Best non-alcoholic Shiraz

Packed with blackcurrant fruit – it smells a bit like Ribena – but light and fresh with a nice dry finish.

Available from:
Ocado (£6)

Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon

Eisberg Cabernet

Best non-alcoholic wine for winter

Rich and fruity with a sweetness that would suit a wintery, meaty stew.

Available from:
Ocado (£3.50)

Forrest Wines The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc

Doctors Sauvignon Blanc

Best low-alcohol white wine

Pioneering techniques in the vineyard to naturally lower the sugars in the grapes result in a wine that, while not alcohol-free (it's 9% ABV), is significantly lower in alcohol than its conventional cousins. Classic Kiwi sauvignon blanc notes of gooseberries and freshly cut grass with a clean, crisp finish.

Available from:
Majestic (£11.99)

Here are the results of the 2022 wine awards non-alcoholic category

How we chose the winners

The olive team chose 20 categories for own-brand and retailer exclusive supermarket wines, covering different styles, occasions and price points. Whether you need budget bottles for everyday drinking, wines to impress at your next dinner party or wallet-friendly fizz to buy by the case for celebrations, we’ve got you covered. The supermarkets were invited to enter one wine per category (so they had to choose carefully). Every wine was blind-tasted by a panel of olive judges (led by olive wine columnist, drinks author and sommelier Kate Hawkings, with Fortnum & Mason drink writer of the year, Henry Jeffreys) and we awarded winner accolades to our favourites. In some categories, where the standard was high, we awarded joint winners. So if you see those labels on your next shop – trust in us. These bottles are brilliant!

WINNER: Sainsbury’s Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine

light green bottle with gold

Crisp and refreshing with orchard fruit notes and a clean, bright finish.

Available from:
Sainsbury's (£3)

JOINT HIGHLY COMMENDED: Asda Extra Special Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Low-Alcohol Wine

Delicate and aromatic with a lemony freshness and nice creamy bubbles.

Available from Asda (£3.50)

JOINT HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tesco Low-Alcohol Cabernet Tempranillo

Clean, plummy fruit, with a pleasing tannic texture. Serve chilled on a summer’s day.

Available from Tesco (£3.50)


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Kate HawkingsWine Columnist

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