Wines With The Fewest Calories - A List from Lowest to Highest

For those looking to lose weight, finding a wine low in calories can be a great way to meet their goals.

The number of calories a wine contains is dependent on the alcohol content. The more the alcohol, the more the calories. Alcohol provides 7 calories per gram, compared to carbs and protein which only provide 4 calories per gram. If a wine is low in alcohol but high in calories, then it is likely a sweet wine and the extra sugars are the reason why.

A 5oz glass of wine will typically contain between 109-130 calories. A simple trick to find how many calories 5oz of wine contains is to take the percent alcohol and multiply it by 12. Thus a wine that is 10% alcohol by volume (ABV) will contain about 120 calories per 5oz (150ml) glass.

A glass of wine = 5 oz (150ml) a little more than a quarter of a bottle of beer, and a little less than half a 12oz can of soda. A bottle of wine is equal to 25 oz.(750ml), making about 5 glasses of wine in a bottle.

Most adults consume at least 10 ounces of wine at a sitting, so it may be safe to double most of the values listed in the table below. The daily value (%DV) for calories is 2000 calories per day. Unless you are very active, have a lot of muscle, or have a high metabolism, most adults do not need more than 2000 calories per day.

Below is a ranking of wines from lowest to highest. Non-alcoholic wine is easily the lowest in calories, providing just 9 calories in a glass. A light wine at 6.5% ABV provides 73 calories per glass. After that most wines provide 109-120 calories in a 5-ounce glass or 220-240 calories in a 10-ounce serving. Sweet dessert wines tend to have a higher alcohol and sugar content and can pack as many as 236 calories in a single 5 oz glass. That is 12% of all the calories you should consume in one day. See the table below to find which wine will be the best choice for your diet and food pairing.

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A Ranking of Wines by Calories From Lowest to Highest

#WineCalories
Per 5oz Glass
Percent Alcohol
(%ABV)
1Non-Alcoholic Wine 9 calories
(0% DV)
0%
2Light (Low-Alcohol) Wine 73 calories
(4% DV)
6.4%
3Carignane (Red) 109 calories
(5% DV)
9.3%
4Muller Thurgau (White) 112 calories
(6% DV)
9%
5Gamay (Red) 115 calories
(6% DV)
9.8%
6Lemberger (Red) 118 calories
(6% DV)
10.2%
7Chenin Blanc (Wine) 118 calories
(6% DV)
9.6%
8Riesling (White) 118 calories
(6% DV)
9.5%
9Gewurztraminer (White) 119 calories
(6% DV)
10.1%
10Sauvignon (White) 119 calories
(6% DV)
10.5%
11Pinot Blanc (White) 119 calories
(6% DV)
10.6%
12Pinot Noir (Red) 121 calories
(6% DV)
10.4%
13Fume Blanc (White) 121 calories
(6% DV)
10.5%
14Semillon (White) 121 calories
(6% DV)
10.1%
15Cabernet Sauvignon (Red) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.5%
16Cabernet Franc (Red) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.6%
17Syrah (Red) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.5%
18Claret (Red) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.2%
19Pinot Gris (Grigio) (White) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.7%
20Merlot (Red) 122 calories
(6% DV)
10.6%
21Average Table Wine 123 calories
(6% DV)
10.4%
22Muscat (White) 123 calories
(6% DV)
8.8%
23Chardonnay (White) 123 calories
(6% DV)
10.7%
24Barbera (Red) 125 calories
(6% DV)
10.6%
25Petite Sirah (Red) 125 calories
(6% DV)
10.7%
26Rose 126 calories
(6% DV)
9.6%
27Sangiovese (Red) 126 calories
(6% DV)
10.9%
28Burgundy (Red) 127 calories
(6% DV)
10.3%
29Zinfandel (Red) 129 calories
(6% DV)
11.1%
30Mouvedre (Red) 129 calories
(6% DV)
11.2%
31Dry Dessert Wine 224 calories
(11% DV)
15.3%
32Sweet Dessert Wine 236 calories
(12% DV)
15.3%
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  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.