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10 Best Fruit Wines You Should Try (2023 Edition)

Best Fruit Wines

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Tasting the best fruit wines is an experience, offering a gateway to a world of luscious flavors and delightful aromas.

As a seasoned mixologist, I can’t stress enough the significance of exploring these exquisite fruit-infused bottles firsthand.

Today, I’m eager to unveil the crème de la crème of fruit wines, each carefully chosen based on my delightful experiences.

Top 10 Fruit Wines You Need To Sip

10. St. Julian Blackberry Wine

Bottle of St. Julian Blackberry Wine and a Glass

Average Price: Roughly $11.99 (Official Website)

Alcohol Content: 11% ABV

Nose: Ripe, blackberry, chokecherry

Palate: Raspberry and boysenberry, chocolate

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Indulging in the St. Julian fruity wine is like savoring a basket of freshly picked blackberries and raspberries.

“The best way to learn about wine is by drinking.” -Alexis Lichine, Writer

I noticed that the complexity and the touch of chocolate in the fruit wine add a layer of sophistication, making it one of the great fruit wines I tried.

Pros:

  • Ripe fruit profile
  • Velvety mouth-feel
  • Versatile pairing options

Cons:

  • Slightly high residual sugar for some
  • Not ideal for dry wines lovers

9. Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle Rosé (Cherry Wine)

Man Drinking Bottle of Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle Rosé (Cherry Wine)

Average Price: Roughly $27 (Official Website)

Alcohol Content: 12.4% ABV

Nose: Ripe pears, crisp apples, elegant

Palate: Vibrant, spicy, fine tannins

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: As I pour myself a glass of Wölffer Estate’s Summer, I’m immediately drawn to its captivating color and elegant aroma. The sparkling wine gracefully embraces my palate with clean and ripe fruit notes.

Pros:

  • Vibrant and refreshing mouth-feel
  • Elegant and savory fruit notes
  • Versatile food pairing recipes

Cons:

  • Slightly higher price point
  • Limited availability

8. Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

Bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling on a Kitchen Countertop

Average Price: Roughly $8.97 (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 11.5% ABV

Nose: Inviting aromas of green apple and citrus

Palate: Acidity with peach and apricot

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: As a wine enthusiast, I can’t help but appreciate the charm of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling bottles.

The inviting scent of green apple and citrus immediately captivates the senses, orchestrating a delightful dance, and tastes like peach and apricot on my palate.

Pros:

  • Crisp and delicious flavor
  • Excellent value
  • Offers a delightful balance of sweetness and acidity

Cons:

  • Slightly high ABV
  • Limited availability

7. Beringer Main & Vine White Zinfandel

Man Pouring Bottle of Beringer Main & Vine White Zinfandel on a Glass

Average Price: Roughly $6.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Fresh red berry, citrus, melon, nutmeg, clove

Palate: Red fruit flavors, spice, strawberry, grapes, blueberry, plum

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Every fruity wine sip gives out youthful notes, enveloping my palate with fresh red berries.

Pros:

  • Refreshing and vibrant fruit flavors
  • Suitable for different cuisines
  • Impressive flavor profile

Cons:

  • Bottle appearance can improve
  • Overpowering sweetness

6. Peller Estates Private Reserve Baco Noir 2021 VQA

Bottle and a Glass of Peller Estates Private Reserve Baco Noir 2021 VQA with Bowl of Salad

Average Price: Roughly $12.95 (The Wine Shops)

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Black cherry, currant, blueberry jam, oak, roasted beet, dark raisin

Palate: Juicy dark fruit, plum, and currant, with a touch of sweet spice

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Upon tasting, the cherry, plum, and currant create a delightful medley complemented by spice.

Pros:

  • Easy to drink
  • Versatile and food-friendly
  • Low tannins and acidity

Cons:

  • Limited availability
  • It contains more sugar than other fruit wines

5. Alamos Malbec

Man Holding Bottle of Alamos Malbec

Average Price: Roughly $10.99 (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 13.5% ABV

Nose: Blueberry wine aromas with light floral notes and a touch of toast

Palate: Ripe, fruit flavors, chocolate, spice from light oak aging

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: The delicious wine tickles my palate with its tropical flavor. There are slight similarities to dessert wines like strawberry wine, raspberry wine, plum wine, and grape wine.

Pros:

  • Unique fruity wine-tasting notes
  • Pleasing aromas
  • Approachable to drink

Cons:

  • Less complex than some fruit wines
  • Lacks traditional wine characteristics

4. Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

Bottle Label of Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

Average Price: Roughly $5.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: % ABV

Nose: Blackberry, Merlot notes

Palate: Fruit juice, hints of pineapple, berries, cider

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: I have tasted numerous fruit wines, and Wild Vines’ delightful fusion stands out because of its succulent blackberries.

The sparkling wine is bolder and richer than pineapple wine, elderberry wine, and other sweet wines.

Pros:

  • Affordable than other fruity wines
  • Smooth and approachable tasting notes
  • Ideal for fruit wine enthusiasts

Cons:

  • Not for fans of dry wines
  • Fruit quality impacts the tasting notes

3. Emeri Sparkling Pink Moscato

Bottle of Emeri Sparkling Pink Moscato and a Glass

Average Price: Roughly $11.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 8% ABV

Nose: Fragrant bouquet of rose petals

Palate: Raspberry, strawberry, peach, melon, passion fruit

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: Opening the fruit wine, a delightful and fragrant bouquet of rose petals filled the air, instantly captivating my senses.

When I took the first sip of this sweet wine, the raspberry flavor danced on my tastebuds. But what’s the difference between Moscato and Prosecco?

Pros:

  • Pleasing aromas
  • Great for summer sipping
  • Approachable for new wine drinkers

Cons:

  • Limited aging potential
  • Less sophisticated compared to other fruit wines

2. Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider (Apple Wine)

3 Bottles of Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider (Apple Wine)

Average Price: Roughly $10.59/6 packs (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 5% ABV

Nose: Ripe apples, pineapple, and other fruits

Palate: Refreshing apple taste, clean finish

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: As I sip Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider (Apple Wine), the sweet red apple taste fills my senses, evoking feelings of nostalgia and pure enjoyment.

The clean and well-balanced apple taste refreshes me with each sip.

Pros:

  • Classic and refreshing flavor
  • Medium-bodied with light carbonation
  • Clean and well-balanced apple wine taste

Cons:

  • Low alcohol content
  • Available in cans only

1. Chateau Grand Traverse Cherry Riesling

Bottle of Chateau Grand Traverse Cherry Riesling and a Basket of Cherries

Average Price: Roughly $10 (Official Website)

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Floral, apples, and cherries

Palate: Luscious cherries, apples, pears

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: Chateau Grand Traverse tastes like plum wine, but unlike other sweet fruit wines, I like that it has an exceptional balance of fruity and refreshing acidity.

This fruit wine stands out as a true gem among fruit-infused wines, making it an ideal choice for those seeking delightful and fruit-forward wines.

Pros:

  • Ideal for dessert pairings
  • Approachable and easy to drink
  • Pleasing aroma and palate profile

Cons:

  • Availability may vary

Note: Average prices are based on Drizly and the official product websites. The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest rating. Each product was evaluated on its overall quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and overall enjoyment.

Different Fruit Wine Types

Malbec

Known for its deep purple hue, Malbec wines offer bold flavors of dark fruits, such as plum and blackberry, with hints of spice and a smooth finish [1].

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir wines are elegant red wines that showcase red fruit flavors [2] like raspberry, often accompanied by earthy and floral notes, silky texture, and proven health benefits [3].

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a versatile red wine with a touch of spice and a full-bodied profile.

But what’s the best wine for a Sangria?

Moscato

A delightful white wine with sweet, fruity peach, apricot, and citrus flavors. This white wine is often enjoyed for its light, refreshing character.

Riesling

Known for its vibrant acidity and versatile sweetness levels, Riesling offers various flavors, from green apple and citrus to stone fruits.

Dolcetto

This red wine from Italy is soft and approachable, with flavors of cherry, blackberry, and hints of licorice.

Syrah

Rich and full-bodied, Syrah wines exhibit dark fruit flavors, such as blackberry and plum, with peppery spice and smokiness.

Sauternes

A luscious and luxurious dessert wine from France, Sauternes boasts a honeyed palate, tropical fruits, and a delectable sweetness.

Beaujolais

Light and fruity, Beaujolais wines feature red fruit like cherry and strawberry, with low tannins and a refreshing profile.

“Savor the essence of nature’s bounty in every fruit wine.” -Liquor Laboratory

Port

A fortified fruit wine from Portugal [4], Port offers sweet flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and spices, often enjoyed as a dessert wine.

FAQs

What is a sweet fruity wine?

Sweet fruity wine has noticeable sweetness, showcasing abundant fruit flavors. This wine often has residual sugar, contributing to its sweet profile.

Fruity wines range from light and refreshing to rich and luscious, offering a delightful and approachable taste. You can also check out some of our favorite sweet white wines here.

Why are grapes the best fruits for wine?

Grapes are the best fruits for winemaking due to their unique composition. The crucial fermentation elements convert sugars into alcohol.

Sauvignon Blanc wines and Pinot Noir wines are some of the delicious wines that use grapes.

What is a good wine to put fruit in?

A good wine to put fruit in is a young, unoaked, or subtly oaked wine that is already fruity. Peaches and apples are usually soaked in fruit wines.

I often soak fruits in delicious pineapple wines (Maui Blanc), apple wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Napa Valley.

Key Takeaways

Tasting the best fruity wines is an unparalleled experience, unveiling a world of luscious palate profiles and delightful aromas.

However, Chateau Grand Traverse Cherry Riesling stands out among the fruit wine options on the list. Its masterful sweet taste and acidity create an unforgettable and versatile experience.

References:

  1. https://www.foodandwine.com/wine/red-wine/malbec/malbec-wine-guide
  2. https://www.thespruceeats.com/pinot-noir-wines-3511077
  3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemicallef/2021/04/15/why-pinot-noir-may-be-the-best-wine-for-your-health/
  4. https://fortune.com/2023/07/01/portugal-tawny-port-wine-sogrape/

 

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