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What is low-alcohol wine?
Are LoNo wines alcohol free?
How many calories in non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised wines?
How many units in a bottle of alcohol-free wine?
Is alcohol-free wine safe for pregnant women?
How is the alcohol removed?
Does wine taste the same if alcohol is removed?
Do you sell alcohol-free Champagne?
Do you ship to the USA?

What is low-alcohol wine?

In the UK wines are classed as 'alcoholic', ‘de-alcoholised’, 'alcohol-free or 'non-alcoholic'. What does all this mean?

  • 'non-alcoholic' - is just that: no alcohol at all
  • ‘alcohol-free’ - is for drinks not above 0.05% abv
  • ‘de-alcoholised’ - is not above 0.5% abv
  • ‘low-alcohol’ - is not above 1.2% abv.

Above this level, duty is payable and a selling licence required. 'Alcoholic' wines have a typical abv of 12%.

Some supermarkets and wine merchants claim to sell low alcohol wines. In fact most of these wines are at least 8% abv. So, while they may be 'lower' alcohol than a typical wine, they are not low alcohol. Lono Drinks Co. do not sell low alcohol wines.

Are LoNo wines alcohol-free*?

Generally, our drinks are between 0% and 0.2% abv (alcohol by volume). Some of our wines are above 0.05% so are classed as ‘dealcoholised’ (even though most of the rest of the world class these wines as 'alcohol free').

Remember that anything that CAN ferment produces alcohol as it ripens, and therefore a ripe grape, for instance, will contain alcohol!! Some fresh orange juices are above the UK 'alcohol free*' limit of 0.05% abv, as are some yoghurts and rye bread!

How many calories in non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised wines?

All our wines are roughly only one third while others have as little as a quarter of the calories of wines with alcohol. They do differ slightly from wine to wine, with the range across the board going from 20 to 28 calories per 100ml. There is about 5 grams carbohydrate per 100ml, but NO fat and no protein.

How many units in a bottle of alcohol-free wine?

Work out your units for yourself with this handy sum: Strength (ABV) x Volume (ml) ÷ 1000 = No. of units. So a bottle of Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon would be

0.05abv x 750ml divided by 1000 = 0.03 of a unit!

Is alcohol-free wine safe for pregnant women?

A large proportion of our customers are expectant mums, who have found moving to our products is a successful way to maintain a decent social life. LoNo is proud to have supported maternity agencies and events since our beginnings more than 7 years ago. Any queries, then please call us on 0800 825 0035. We are here to help.

How is the alcohol removed?

Alcohol is removed in the manufacturing stage using one of three different processes at cool temperatures to avoid damaging the wines. All the wines are ordinary alcoholic wines up to this point, so all the original characteristics are retained.

Steam Vacuum - The vaporisation temperature of alcohol is lower than that of other liquids so , under normal circumstances, it would be necessary to boil wine at high temperatures to steam off the alcohol so damaging the delicate flavours. The Steam Vacuum process was pioneered in 1904 by Carl Jung. This process is done in a vacuum where vapourisation can be achieved at much lower temperatures. The wine therefore looses its alcohol but retains the characteristics and flavours that would be lost with normal boiling.

Reverse Osmosis - forces the wine through a membrane (filter) to separate the alcohol from the rest of the wine.

Centrifugal Force - is used in some de-alcoholised wines to 'throw' the alcohol away from the wine through filters. This has to be repeated many times to reduce the alcohol molecules.

Does wine taste the same if alcohol is removed?

Alcohol does affect HOW we taste, but not WHAT we taste. Its removal will produce a slightly different portrait of what we are consuming. ‘Full bodied’ for instance is believed to be what a wine tastes like, but this is entirely wrong! Alcohol provides the ‘body’ and so more alcohol means more body. Alcohol also provides a texture, so its removal can change the 'feel' of a wine. Taste though is NOT affected by lowering or removing alcohol.

Do you sell alcohol-free champagne?

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France.

To date - as far as we are aware - the region does not produce a de-alcoholised Champagne. It is illegal to describe any sparkling wine not from this region as Champagne.

We sell de-alcoholised sparkling wine from other regions of France and Germany which is perfect for family celebrations such as weddings, and New Year parties.

Some of our sparkling wines have a traditional cork and cage while others have a synthetic cork but they all have the familiar 'pop' we expect of a bottle of bubbly to add fizz to any special occasion.

Do you ship to the USA?

At the moment we do not ship to the USA due to very high shipping costs. We hope this may change in the future.

"We have drunk the Ariel wines before and they are truly excellent."

SR, S Yorks

"...I can see why that one (Ariel Blanc) won a gold medal."

TW, Cardiff


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