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How Many Calories are in a Glass of Wine

Leena Palande Mar 7, 2019
Red wine, white wine, dessert wine are some of the most popular types of wine. Calories in these and some more types of wines are discussed here. Read on, to know average wine calories.
Wine is considered as a perfect drink when it comes to celebrating some special moments. While enjoying the drink, people tend to overlook the number of calories that are added to the daily calorie intake. But calories obtained through drinks can spoil your diet and health.

Average Wine Calories

Those who usually drink 5-6 ounces (one glass) of wine receive around 125-150 calories. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, an ounce of wine contains on an average 25 calories.
The quantity of wine in a glass may vary according to the types (size) of wine glasses. Therefore, standard measurements are used to describe the calories in wine. Given here are the calories in one glass of red wine.
Note: 1 glass of wine = 5 fl. oz. And 115 ml. = 4 fl. oz.
Type of Wine and their Calories:
  • Syrah - 123
  • Merlot - 123
  • Cabernet Sauvignon - 123
  • Pinot Noir - 122
  • Zinfandel - 131
  • Sangiovese - 128
  • Cabernet Franc - 125
  • Burgundy - 129
  • Gew√ľrztraminer - 121
Type of Wine, their Serving Size and Calories:
  • Rose Wine - 1 Glass - 73
  • Red Table Wine - 1 Glass - 102
  • White Wine - 1 Glass - 96
  • Dessert Wine - 1 Glass - 130
  • Riesling Wine - 4 fl. oz. - 90
  • Riesling White Wine - 1 fl. oz. (30 gm) - 23
  • Riesling Wine - 5 fl. oz. - 115
  • Riesling Sweet Dessert Wine - 6 fl. oz. - 270
  • Red Wine - 3.5 fl.oz. - 85
  • Dry Dessert Wine - 1 fl. oz. - 45
  • Non Alcoholic Wine - 1 fl.oz. - 2
  • Dry Red Wine - 115 ml. - 83
  • Dry White Wine - 115 ml. - 77
  • Sparkling Wine - 115 ml. - 92
If a normal glass (4 oz. or 115 ml.) of sweet red wine contains 100 calories, then a large glass of the wine (approx. 8 oz.) would contain around 200 calories. The calories in a cup of wine will depend upon the size of the cup.

Wine Calorie Facts

  • Wine calories depend upon the alcohol content of wine; which may vary from 10% to 14%. Higher the alcohol content, higher will be the calories in a glass of wine.
  • Normally, red wines have less calories than white wines.
  • 'Dessert wines' which are comparatively sweeter, usually have more calories than other wines.
  • Bitter wines comparatively contain less calories.
  • High calorie snacks that are consumed along with the drink are more responsible for weight gain than the calorie content of the wine.
  • Your genes play an important role in deciding how the body would process the alcohol. In some people, alcohol leads to weight gain while in some, it leads to fat loss.
  • Studies show that before processing fat, protein or carbs, your body processes alcohol. Thus, alcohol consumption slows down the process of fat-burning which in turn leads to weight gain.
  • Only a few calories come from the carbohydrates in wine. So, don't fall prey to deceptive advertising (low carb wines). Most calories in wine come from the alcohol (and not carbs) it contains. Alcohol and carbohydrate are two different things.
Wine makers collect grapes, crush them and add yeast to them which activates the process of fermentation. Yeast helps convert the sugar and oxygen in the grape juice to ethyl alcohol. The final product obtained is known as 'wine' which is nothing but a mixture of water, alcohol and grape flavors.
Water contains zero calories. Therefore, if the question 'how many calories in a glass of wine' is swirling in your mind, you should check the alcohol content of the wine. Wine nutrition facts may vary according to the types.