Wine can easily be part of a healthy, balanced diet, but it’s useful to understand how many calories are in a bottle of wine. That way, you can be sure that your glass (or two) of wine doesn’t push your calorie intake over a healthy limit!
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how many calories are in a glass of wine, as well as in a bottle.
We’ll look at everything from red wine and white wine to Champagne and dessert wines, making sure you know exactly what you’re consuming when you pop the cork and serve yourself a glass of wine.
Calories in Wine: What You Need to Know…
Below, you will find everything you need to know about the average number of calories in your favourite bottles of wine.
Look over the list carefully to make sure you know how many calories you’re adding to your diet by drinking that glass of wine.
How many calories in a bottle of red wine?
The amount of calories in a bottle of red wine is dependant on the exact type, as there are different types of red wines:
- Lower alcohol red wine
11.5 to 13.5% ABV – these wines tend to be lower in calories. Your average glass (175ml in a serving) of lower alcohol red wine contains roughly 135 to 165 calories. Many Pinot Noirs and Gamays fall into this category
- Higher alcohol red wine
3.5% upwards – This type of wine may not have any more sugar, but the higher alcohol content makes it a higher-calorie wine. A 175ml glass of this wine can contain from 165 to 195+ calories.
How many calories in a bottle of white wine?
Not sure how many calories in a bottle of white wine? Once again, there are many types of white wine, and depending on the white wine you choose, the number of calories will vary:
- Lower alcohol sweet white
A lower alcohol white wine has a low alcohol content, but a fairly high sugar content. A 175ml serving will contain from 111 to 147 calories, but the serving size of sweet wines is often 75-125ml. Moscato d’Asti from Italy is in this category.
- Lower alcohol dry white
- Higher alcohol sweet white
Higher alcohol dessert wines such as Gewurztraminer and Sauternes can contain between 177 and 213 calories per 175ml, but again, serving sizes are usually smaller than this.
- Higher alcohol dry white
Fuller-bodied whites such as New World Chardonnays and Sauvignons may have 153 to 173 calories per glass.
How many calories in a bottle of rosé wine?
Rosé wine is usually a lower-calorie wine than the high-alcohol, high-sugar red wines and white wines. It is often lighter, meaning a lower alcohol and sugar content.
In a 175ml glass of rosé wine, there are around 138 calories (though the calorie content will change depending on the sweetness and ABV of the wine).
How many calories in a bottle of champagne?
Sparkling wines such as Champagne have sugar added to create the secondary fermentation, as that’s what is needed to create the bubbles in Champagne. However, they have a fairly low alcohol content (usually in the 11 to 12.5% ABV range).
Wine Calories 101
Except for water, there is nothing that naturally has ZERO calories.
Everything is designed to give you energy, and every fruit, vegetable, berry, grain, seed, and nut on the planet contains a different amount of calories.
The calories in wine come from a number of things:
Some grapes are higher in sugar than others. Sugar is one of the primary sources of calories. Each gram of sugar (carbohydrates) contains 4 calories. The more sugar there is in the grapes, the higher the calorie content of the wine.
Alcohol Content in wine
During the wine fermentation process, yeast eats at the sugar in the grapes. The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories.
While sugar contains 4 calories per gram, alcohol contains nearly twice that much at 7 calories per gram.
High-alcohol wines (like dark red wines and dessert wines) tend to have a higher calorie content. As most wines are ‘dry’ (in terms of the sugar level, rather than how fruity they taste), the alcohol content is a good guide to the working out how many calories are in a wine.
These key factors can determine how many calories are in a bottle of wine – and, eventually, how many calories are in a glass of wine you serve yourself from that bottle!