Riesling remains one of the most popular wines globally, but did you know that it is often considered one of the best wines for weight loss?
Not that any wine will kickstart a calorie-burning bonanza, but if you have to have a glass of wine once in a while, Riesling is one of your best options.
Let’s look at just how many calories and carbs you get in this wine.
How Many Calories in a Glass of Riesling?
Rieslings are considered a reasonably low-calorie wine, though that calorie count varies depending on many factors.
For example, the amount of sugar and alcohol in a wine glass (five ounces) can range from about 74 calories or so, which is very low for wines, up to 144 or more calories per glass.
How can you figure out this calorie count without a printed label detailing it for you?
So here’s a clever trick: multiple the ABV by 12 to get an idea of how many calories your Riesling has with each five-ounce glass.
For example, a Riesling with 10% ABV has 120 calories per five-ounce glass.
How Many Carbs In a Glass of Riesling?
Carbohydrate count is an integral part of many diets, particularly anything with the word “keto” in it.
You need below 25-35 net carbohydrate grams every day on this diet. Net carbs refer to a food’s carbohydrate count subtracted by fiber, which cannot be digested.
Is Riesling a keto-friendly drink? That depends mainly on how dry you buy your Riesling.
Typically, a 5oz serving of Riesling contains 5.5 grams of carbohydrates.
An important thing to look for when on a keto diet is a wine with lower amounts of sugar.
A dry Riesling may have as little as 1.4 grams of sugar per five-ounce glass. That makes it very keto-friendly. However, other Rieslings may have up to 14 grams of sugar, so be careful when buying.
How Many Calories in a Bottle of Riesling?
Once you figure out how many calories a Riesling has per five-ounce glass, it’s very easy to figure out how much you have in a bottle.
You get about five servings of five-ounce wine in each standard 750ml or 25-ounce wine bottle. Let’s look at an example to help you figure out this count.
Let’s say you have a Riesling with 12% ABV which is typical.
Multiply 12 by 12 to get 144 calories per five-ounce glass.
Now, multiple 144 by five (5 servings per bottle) to get 720 calories per 750ml or 25-ounce bottle of Riesling.
So, a typical bottle of Riesling at 12% ABV will have about 720 calories.
How Many Carbs in a Bottle of Riesling?
Like with calorie count, you can typically multiply your Riesling’s carbohydrate count by five to work out how many carbs in a bottle.
But, here’s the catch: it’s not always easy to know how many carbs you have in a wine glass. As wine doesn’t have fiber and alcohol has no carbs, your carb rating is based entirely on sugar content.
For example, a typical glass of Riesling will have a sugar count of 5.5 grams per glass, that’s 5.5 carbohydrates per glass.
Multiply 5.5 by 5 (5 servings per bottle) to get 27.5 grams of sugar or 27.5 carbohydrates per bottle of Riesling.
So, the typical bottle of Riesling has about 27.5 grams of carbs.
This information is essential to understand when you’re on a diet, particularly when cutting back on sugar or balancing your carbohydrates on a keto diet.
What is surprising is that very low-carb Rieslings may have as little as 7 carbohydrates per bottle!
That makes Rieslings an intensely keto-friendly drink, though we still recommend that you limit yourself from drinking an entire bottle daily whenever possible.
Low-Calorie Riesling Wines
When choosing a low-calorie Riesling wine brand, there are many different options from which you can chose.
We decided to choose Rieslings that were around 74-87 calories or so per glass, as they have a very low sugar content. Drier wines typically have fewer calories, though that may also depend on the alcohol content.
Just a few low-calorie Riesling wines you can consider include:
- Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling
- Domaine Weinbach Riesling
- F.X. Pichler ‘Unendlich’ Riesling
- Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling
Different Rieslings may have varying sugar levels depending on what a manufacturer prefers and what market they deal with.
Furthermore, some vintage years may have more or less sugar, depending on the fermentation methods and how the grapes turned out each year.
Most of these brands should give you a pretty consistent blend, though, particularly in more modern or recent wine vintages.
Riesling Calories vs Other Wine Calories
Comparing Riesling to other wines will give you an idea of just how light in calories it is compared to your standard and sweet wines:
- Non-Alcoholic Wines: By far the least calorie-rich wines on the market, you can get around nine calories per glass with some brands! Naturally, you won’t get that wonderful buzz that even a single glass can provide, so keep that in mind when choosing.
- Light Wines: Wines with a fairly light body, including Riesling, often have a calorie count of about 74 calories per glass. However, we’ve mentioned that some Rieslings may have higher calorie counts, as may other light wines like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc, when they have more sugar.
- Medium Wines: Most wines on the market have a medium body and typically contain about 120-140 calories per glass. That means things like your Merlot, Pinot Noir, and other wines all fall in this range and have more calories than a typical Riesling.
- Sweet Wines: There’s no getting around it: sweet wines are just terrible for your diet! While they’re often quite delicious and can provide a surprisingly rich taste, a glass provides at least 168 to 230 calories, which is getting up there with most sodas.
Choosing one of these low-calorie Riesling wines is a great option if you’re trying to lose weight and get into better shape.
It may also work well for those who want a very dry wine. A wine with about 4-6% ABV is a good one to shoot for when looking for low calorie Rieslings.
That said, it’s best to stick to just one glass of Riesling per day when on a diet to ensure you stay on a focused weight-loss trip.