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How Many Calories in Wine?

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What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.

Wine Calories

If you drink a couple of glasses of wine every evening then starting a diet will need strong willpower, as most diets suggest dropping alcohol if you want to see results. Alcohol is recognised as containing 'empty' calories - not necessary for your body's nutrition and likely to lead to weight gain.

The Champagne diet is unusual in that it allows a glass or two of champagne as part of the calorie intake, so if you really can't do without alcohol it may be better to choose a diet that makes a drink allowance.

Drinking wine can also weaken your willpower to stay on the straight and narrow if you are on a restricted diet plan. After a couple of glasses of wine your resolve can easily fade away, as you reach for high calorie salty snacks like crisps and nuts. Never mind making a call to your local takeaway seem like a good idea.

We all know how good fruit is for you, and it is used to make wine so it figures that it must be good for you. Unfortunately, unlike fresh fruit, alcoholic drinks are full of calories, due to the high sugar and alcohol content. Each little gram of alcohol contains seven calories which can soon mount up on a night out!

The good news is that red wine does contain flavonoids(mainly from the grapeskins) - these act as powerful antioxidants, helping to reduce the build up of fat in the arteries. The health benefits are only present if you drink wine in moderation - 1-2 units a day, any more than that and you start putting your health at risk.

How to drink less and save calories

  • Alternate a glass of wine with water or low-calorie soft drink, or try adding soda water to a glass of wine to make a long refreshing spritzer - lots of ice too!

  • Go for a small glass of wine (125ml), rather than a medium (175ml) or large (250ml) glass and steer clear of special offers like 'buy two large glasses and get the bottle of wine free' - a saving for your purse but not your hips/bum/tum!
  • If you are drinking wine at home always use a small glass (125ml) and keep the bottle in the kitchen so you have to get up to have another. This might give you enough time to decide not to have a refill.

  • Cut down the alcohol in wine by swapping your usual strength of wine for a lower strength. Some wines can have an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) as high as 14% or 15%. Low-alcohol wines have ABVs of 9% and lower.
Most wines have virtually no carbohydrate, but they contain more calories than fat - so beware.

Calories in a bottle of red wine, white wine or champagne

The calorie counter below will give you an idea of how fattening a drink might be. 125ml is the smaller size wine glass you get in bars and restaurants. These days, you're more likely to find a 250ml glass, so bear in mind that if you drink three of these you've drunk the bottle! As well as precluding sensible conversation for the rest of the evening, it will account for a good chunk of your weekly recommended alcohol allowance and up to 700 empty calories that you could do without.

Keep the alcohol measures small and use lots of ice and low calorie mixers. Dry is better than sweet, as more of the sugar is converted to alcohol.

Type of Wine



How many calories in a small 125ml glass of wine?    

Calories in white wine

How many calories in Dry white wine 90 125ml
How many calories in Medium white wine 95 125ml
How many calories in Sweet white wine 120 125ml
How many calories in Champagne 93 125ml
How many calories in Rose wine, medium 90 125ml

Calories in Red wine



How many calories in sweet sherry 70 50ml
How many calories in Cava (dry) 95 125ml
How many calories in Cava (medium) 100 125ml
How many calories in Cava (sweet) 120 125ml

How many calories in a bottle of wine?

Calories in wine can vary according to strength, so for stronger wines you could be looking at 700 calories in a bottle of wine.

700 750 ml

How to Calculate the Number of Alcohol Units in Wine


This is an easy one - even for us maths-challenged types! Simply multiply the Size of the drink by the ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and then divide by 1000.

Example 1 - 250ml Glass of Chardonnay (13% ABV)

250 x 13 = 3,250
3250/1000 = 3.25 units of Alcohol - approx 160 Calories

Example 2 - 125ml Glass of Red Wine (12% ABV)

125 x 12 = 1500
1500/1000 = 1.5 units of Alcohol - approx 85 calories

Wine calories can add up fast if you're out for the night - cut down your alcohol intake by adding a low-calorie mixer or soda water for a change - it's healthier too.

Tips on cutting down alcohol consumption from the NHS (External site - opens in new window)

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