If you’re trying to keep your sugar content low but love a glass of wine every night, you likely worry about just how much sugar you’re taking in every night.
Since most wine manufacturers do not print their sugar content on the label, we did the tough research for you and discovered your typical wine sugar content per glass and bottle.
We also compared the content to other popular snacks to help give this sugar content some perspective.
How Much Sugar is in a Glass and Bottle of Wine?
Residual sugar content in a glass and bottle of wine can vary heavily between 0 and 220 grams per liter, depending on a wine’s dryness, its manufacturer, the fermentation process, the grape maturity, and added sugar content.
As a result, you may end up with a wine bottle that has anywhere from 0 to 220 grams of sugar per liter; quite the range. Most wine, even bone-dry have some sugar within each glass and bottle.
When we discuss wine sugar content, we’ll be referring to five-ounce (or 150-milliliter) glasses and 25-ounce (or 750-milliliter) bottles. While other glass and bottle sizes exist, these are the most common and frequently used.
That equates to about five glasses per bottle, which is how we calculate glass sugar volume. Most sugar ratings are for bottles, but a little simple division can make it easier to figure out how much sugar you get in each glass.
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How Much Sugar is in a Glass and Bottle of Red Wine?
Red wines are typically a little less sweet than white wines and have between 1-20 grams of sugar per glass, or about 5-100 grams per bottle, though again their overall sweetness will vary depending on each type.
For example, the very popular red wine, Merlot, has about one gram of residual sugar per glass, meaning you get about five grams per bottle. That’s very close to bone dry.
Here are a few other popular red wines and their general sugar level:
- Pinot Noir: Pinot is very similar to Merlot in sugar content, sometimes lingering under one gram of sugar per glass. Some might be 0.75 grams per glass, meaning you get about 4.5 grams per bottle.
- Malbec: This popular wine is a little sweeter than Merlot but not by much. You get about 1.5 grams per glass or 7.5 grams of sugar per bottle, which is a considerable increase.
- Zinfandel: Zins are some of the sweetest red wines on the market, containing as much as 20 grams of sugar per glass. That’s about 100 grams per bottle, depending on the brand.
Related: Checkout different sweetness levels for Red wines.
How Much Sugar is in a Glass and Bottle of White Wine?
Expect anywhere between 4 to 30 grams of sugar per bottle of white wine or 0 to 6 grams of sugar per glass. These ratings do vary depending on the wine type you purchase and its overall sweetness.
For instance, Sauvignon Blanc has about 3.75 grams of sugar per bottle or 0.75 grams per glass.
Other white wine sugar content to consider include:
- Chardonnay: You get around 4.5 grams of sugar per bottle or 0.9 grams per glass, which makes it one of the driest options available.
- Moscato: This sweeter white typically has 10 grams of sugar per bottle or 2 grams per glass, which is inching towards sweetness.
- Gewurztraminer: Each bottle of this wine should have about 25 grams of sugar or about 5 grams per glass.
Related: Checkout different sweetness levels for White wines.
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How Much Sugar is in a Glass and Bottle of Rosé Wine?
Rose wines are typically fairly sweet, with up to 10-50 grams of sugar per bottle, or 2-10 grams per glass.
That said, some Rose wines may linger closer to the drier end, like a Pinot Noir Rose, which has 5-8 grams of sugar per bottle or 1.25 to 1.75 grams of sugar per glass.
Different Rose wine types include:
- Grenache: A Grenache likely has about 8-10 grams of sugar per bottle, which is about 1.75-2 grams of sugar per each glass.
- White Zinfandel: Expect anywhere between 30-40 grams of sugar per bottle, meaning at least 6-8 grams of sugar per glass.
- Pink Moscato: This very sweet Rose wine is likely to have between 40-50 grams of sugar per bottle or 8-10 grams per glass.
Related: Checkout different sweetness levels for Rosé wines.
How Much Sugar is in a Glass and Bottle of Champagne?
Champagne may have between 0 and 50 grams of sugar per bottle, depending on the type you purchase. These ratings are common for all sparkling wines, though sweeter wines are typically more common with this variety.
As a result, it is important to research a few common types to see what you’ll get.
Here’s a general idea of sugar levels by sparkling wine type, though these may vary too:
- Brut: Any ultra-dry brut sparkling wine usually has between 0-15 grams of sugar per liter, meaning anywhere from 1-2.75 grams per glass.
- Extra Dry: Expect 15-20 grams of sugar per bottle or 2.75-4 grams of sugar per glass of extra dry champagne or sparkling wine.
- Sec/Dry: Even though this champagne is ranked “dry,” expect about 17-35 grams per bottle or 3.5-5 grams of sugar per glass.
- Demi-Sec: Demi-sec champagnes typically have 33-50 grams of sugar per bottle or just under 5-10 grams of sugar per glass.
- Doux: Any doux champagne will have over 50 grams of sugar per bottle, meaning you could have 10 grams or higher for every glass you drink.
Related: Brut vs Extra dry champagne – Differences explained.
How Does The Sugar Content in a Glass of Wine Stack Up Against Popular Snacks?
While 25-50 grams of sugar per wine bottle might seem like a lot, it stacks up well against some common snacks.
Here are a few of the most popular snacks on the market and their sugar content:
- Coca-Cola: You get 26 grams of sugar per eight ounces, which is about 78 or more grams per a wine bottle’s 25 ounces.
- Oreo Cookies: An Oreo cookie has 4.7 grams of sugar, which is comparable to some Demi-Sec wines and is contained in a much smaller size.
- Greek Yogurt: A container of Greek yogurt may have up to 16 grams of sugar, which is quite high even compared to the sweetest wine.
- M&Ms: One M&M has about one gram of sugar, and since it’s so tiny by comparison to a glass of wine, that’s an almost ridiculous amount.
- Granola or Protein Bars: Think that a granola bar has less sugar than a glass of wine? Nope! Expect between 12 and 20 grams of sugar for a typical bar.
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