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How much sugar is in YOUR favorite wine? Lab test of 22 popular wines you can buy at the supermarket reveals the worst offenders taking your full daily allowance in just a few small glasses

  • DrinkWell researched 24 of the most popular supermarket wines
  • Found that most bottles contain more than a quarter of a woman’s daily calorie intake
  • Two of the rosé wines tested had too high a sugar intake in one bottle
  • One household brand contained more than eight grams of sugar in one 125 ml glass










You may be wary of eating too many mince pies for Christmas if you’re watching your waistline, but it could be your wine choice that poses a greater danger when it comes to drastically increasing your sugar and calorie intake.

It’s rare for wines to have nutritional information on the label, meaning consumers are largely in the dark about what’s in their favorite drink.

With this in mind, low-calorie alcohol retailer DrinkWell conducted independent lab research to analyze the nutritional content of 24 of the most popular wines available in supermarkets by the glass and bottle.

The results showed that three small glasses of Barefoot Pink Moscato contained 24g of sugar – just 1g less than a woman’s full recommended daily intake.

While sweet rosé wines were the biggest culprits, white wine is a safer bet for avoiding sugar.

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Nutritional value of popular white wines
Wine Calories per glass (125ml) Sugar per glass (125ml) Calories per bottle Sugar per bottle Carbohydrates per glass
Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay White Wine 98 1.5g 588 9g 2.25g
Barefoot Pinot Grigio White Wine 93 1.125g 558 6.75g 2.125g
Lindemans Bak 85 Pinot Grigio White Wine 105 0.875g 630 5.25g 2g
Echo Falls Pinot Grigio 104 0.625g 624 3.75g 2.75 grams
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc White Wine 101 0.5g 606 3g 1.625g
Hardys Fri Sauvignon Blanc 94 0.375g 564 2.25g 1.625g
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc 101 0.25g 606 1.5g 1.125g
Oyster Bay Chardonnay White Wine 98 0.125g 588 0.75 grams 1.125g
Jacobs Creek Classic Pinot Grigio White Wine 91 0.125g 546 0.75 grams 1.125g
Nutritional value of popular rosé wines
Wine Calories per glass (125ml) Sugar per glass (125ml) Calories per bottle Sugar per bottle Carbohydrates per glass
Barefoot Pink Moscato 101 8.25g 606 49.5g 9,125g
Gallo Family Summer Rose 70 7.125g 420 42.75g 7.875g
Blossom Hill Classics Crispy and fruity rose wine 95 4.25g 570 25.5g 4.875g
Echo Falls White Zinfandel Rose 94 3.5 grams 564 21g 5.25g
Jacobs Creek Classic Shiraz Rose 96 1g 576 6g 2.125g
Nutritional value of popular red wines
Wine Calories per glass (125ml) Sugar per glass (125ml) Calories per bottle Sugar per bottle Carbohydrates per glass
Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo 114 4.75g 684 28.5g 6.75g
Lindemans Bak 40 Merlot 110 1.125g 660 6.75g 3.375g
Hardys Vr Shiraz Red Wine 102 0.875g 612 5.25g 2.75 grams
Wolf Bass Eagle Hawk Merlot 103 0.5g 618 3g 3.5 grams
Blossom Hill Reserve Merlot 104 0.375g 624 2.25g 3.125g
Casillero Del Diablo Malbec 103 0.125g 618 0.75 grams 2.125g
Oyster Bay Merlot 102 0.125g 612 0.75 grams 1,875g
Campo Veijo Temranillo Red Wine 101 0.125g 606 0.75 grams 1.375g

The study also found discrepancies between the calorie content of certain wines and what’s on the manufacturer’s website.

Sugar is a carbohydrate and wine, if made in a clean way, without any additives, should contain no carbohydrates other than residual sugar.

There should be no extra carbohydrates. For example, a clean glass of wine containing 0.5 g of sugar should only contain 0.5 g of carbohydrates.

That means the only calories in wine should come from the residual sugar and from the alcohol itself, which has its own calorie content.

Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot contained 110 calories per glass and 660 per bottle, as well as 1.125g of sugar per glass and 6.75g per bottle

But the study found that additives used in winemaking can increase carbohydrate content and thus calorie content by as much as 25 percent.

“Until now, many in the industry have only considered the alcohol content in wine when exercising.”

calories,” said DrinkWell founder Tom Bell. ‘With a push, residual sugar can also be taken into account.

What our research reveals is that these old-fashioned methods are outdated and misinformed when looking at the level of additives used in mass-produced wines. It’s time for these manufacturers to tell consumers what’s in the wine.’

Several brands contain more than the recommended daily amount of sugar in a bottle, which is 25 g for women and 38 g for men.

The highest-sugar brand of rosé tested was Barefoot Pink Moscato, at nearly 50g per bottle — twice the recommended amount for women and the equivalent of four tablespoons of table sugar.

The brand contains 101 calories and 8.25 g of sugar per small glass, while Gallo Family followed Summer Rose closely at over 7 g per glass and almost 43 g per bottle.

When it came to white wine, the sugar content was significantly lower, with Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay White Wine topping the list with 1.5g of sugar per glass and 9g per bottle.

Gallo Family Summer Rose Gallo Family Vineyards has 7.125g per glass

Chardonnay White Wine contains 1.125g per glass

Gallo Family Summer Rose Gallo Family Vineyards (left) has 7.125g per glass, while Chardonnay white wine has 1.125g per glass (right)

Both brands of wine are lower in calories than their rosé counterparts, but contain nearly a quarter of a woman’s daily intake.

If you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake, Jacobs Creek Classic Pinot Grigio White Wine may be the choice for you, with 91 calories per small glass and less than one gram of sugar.

The red wine with the most sugar was Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo, which contained 28.5g per bottle, double the amount found in a family chocolate bar.

Per glass, the wine contains 4.75 g of sugar, while brushing down an entire bottle, which means you’re taking in a whopping 684 calories.

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