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If you're aiming to drop a few extra pounds and lead a healthier lifestyle this year, you've probably contemplated cutting wine from your diet. While this is an option, you might be glad to hear that there is another way; the calories in wine vary depending on the varietal, and you just might find that some low-calorie wines can fit into your diet. 

It’s interesting to note that not all wines are detrimental to weight loss. In fact, a study done by Washington State University found that some red wines (when consumed in moderation) can actually aid weight loss due to an element called resveratrol.

In fact, Professor Min Du, who authored the Washington study, says, "Resveratrol can enhance the conversion of white fat to beige fat." As beige fat is much easier to burn than white fat, drinking red wine in moderation can actually help with weight loss.

However, that doesn't mean that your wine's calories don't contribute to weight gain. Therefore, this guide will show you some of the best low-calorie wine options available to ensure you minimize weight gain while enjoying a glass of wine.

Lowest Calorie Wines: By Type

Are you wondering how many calories are in your glass of wine? As mentioned above, each varietal of wine tends to average a different calorie count. While the exact number of calories will vary depending on the vintage and other factors, the wine/calorie formula below is a good way to estimate how many calories you might be consuming in each glass. 

Red Wine = 25 x (number of ounces)

Dry White Wine = 24 x (number of ounces)

Sweet White Wine = 28 x (number of ounces)

Rose Wine = 20 x (number of ounces)

Champagne = 19 x (number of ounces)

Port Wines = 46 x (number of ounces)

While they may not be 100 percent accurate, they can give you a ballpark of roughly how many calories you are consuming.

The Best Low-Calorie Wine Options 

Looking for greater detail in your search for low-calorie wine? You’re in the right place; we’ve highlighted some of the lowest calorie white wines,  as well as some of the lowest calorie reds. 

Low-Calorie White Wines 

Riesling (White)

A white riesling is usually a good choice for weight watchers as every five ounces contains about 120 calories and about five carbs. If you have an option, choose a dry riesling as these tend to have less sugar and therefore fewer calories.

Pinot Grigio (White)

Pinot Grigios have about 123 calories and five carbs per five-ounce serving. As one of the healthier white wines, it's no surprise that Pinot Grigio is generally dry and highly acidic.

Chardonnay (White)

If you want a low-calorie wine, a chardonnay is generally a good choice with about 123 calories and three carbs in a five-ounce serving. If possible, select one that has been cold fermented in stainless steel tanks as this produces a low-calorie version of this grape.

Low-Calorie Red Wines 

Pinot Noir (Red)

Pinot Noir is perhaps the best low-calorie red wine as it contains just 123 calories and four carbs per five-ounce serving. It also has a very low sugar content due to the winemaking process. 

Merlot (Red)

Merlot is another good choice as it has high levels of resveratrol and relatively low calories, with a single five-ounce serving containing just 123 calories and four carbs. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen your brain and prevent cognitive decline.

Cabernet Sauvignon (Red)

Finally, a cabernet sauvignon is also attractive with just 123 calories and four carbs. This red wine is also fairly dry, so it contains less sugar than most wines, making it an excellent low-calorie wine option.


For many people that successfully maintain a diet, their secret to success often lies in mini-indulgences. Treating yourself today just might help you find more resolve in the long run.  So, don’t feel like you need to completely cut wine from your life. Instead, focus on moderation, and choose a healthier wine that will enable you to enjoy the party without guilt.