How Many Glasses Of Non Alcoholic Wine Equals One Wine?


As the popularity of non alcoholic and alcohol free wine and drinks grows, many people have questions about just how much alcohol is in them. The look, taste and are marketed just like the alcoholic version so if you are new to the space, you might be asking “how many glasses of non alcoholic wine equals one wine?”.

How many glasses of non alcoholic wine equals one wine?

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24 glasses of non alcoholic wine equals one standard glass of wine. A standard glass of wine is 12% ABV and 5fl oz in volume.

In reality, the main types of wine can be significantly different from this standard version.

There are many styles of wine but if we split them into red, white and sparkling, it will be easier to run these calculations.

All three have difference ABVs and will have a range in all of them but we can work with some averages.

Red wine

The average bottle of red wine has 13.5% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard non alcoholic wine will have 0.5% ABV.

This means that comparing per glass, you would need to drink 27 glasses of non alcoholic wine to equal one glass of red wine (in terms of alcohol content)

White wine

The average bottle of white wine has 10% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard non alcoholic wine will have 0.5% ABV.

The means that comparing per glass, you will need to drink 20 glasses of non alcoholic wine to equal 1 glass of white wine.

Sparkling wine

The average bottle of sparkling wine has 12% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard non alcoholic wine will have 0.5% ABV.

The means that comparing per glass, you will need to drink 24 glasses of non alcoholic wine to equal 1 glass of sparkling wine.

How many glasses of alcohol free wine equals one wine?

Quite a lot of “non alcoholic wines” you buy, fall into the alcohol free” category.

Red wine

The average bottle of red wine has 13.5% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard alcohol free wine will have 0.05% ABV.

This means that comparing per glass, you would need to drink 270 glasses of alcohol free wine to equal one glass of red wine (in terms of alcohol content)

White wine

The average bottle of white wine has 10% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard alcohol free wine will have 0.50% ABV.

The means that comparing per glass, you will need to drink 200 glasses of alcohol free to equal 1 glass of white wine.

Sparkling wine

The average bottle of sparkling wine has 12% ABV or alcohol by volume.

A standard alcohol free wine will have 0.05% ABV.

The means that comparing per glass, you will need to drink 240 glasses of alcohol free wine to equal 1 glass of sparkling wine.

What is a standard wine?

What is a standard wine? There is no such thing really but we can think in averages and medians.

Wine comes in lots of different strengths, grapes and colours. There is no point in me saying “standard wine” and you imagining some 15% Shiraz when i mean a 10% Chardonnay.

Luckily for us, the USDA have devised a list of “standard” alcoholic drinks. Each one contains the exact same amount of alcohol – 14g of alcohol (0.6 ounces).

Below is a list of the standard drinks, volumes and ABV that all give 14g of alcohol.

Drink and volumeAlcohol content
12fl oz Beer5%
5fl oz Wine12%
1.5fl oz Spirit40%
Standard Drinks

So as you can see, a standard wine is a 5fl oz glass and 12% alcohol by volume.

How much alcohol is in a glass of non alcoholic wine?

The labelling of non alcoholic drinks can be very confusing. I have written a full article on the issues.

Non alcoholic can be a generic term for all wines under 0.5% ABV but in the US and UK, the term should specifically be applied to wines of 0.05-0.5% ABV.

The simplest way to definitively find out how much alcohol a wine contains is too loose for the numerical ABV value and ignore the description on the label.

Sometimes people still argue that 0.5% ABV is still plenty of alcohol. My argument to that is to compare it with some common foods and drinks which contain the same amount of alcohol or more. You would not consider any of these alcoholic

You can read my full article on the alcohol in common foods here, but the table below is a good illustration. Many fruit juice drinks and even breads have a higher ABV than a non alcoholic wine.

Type of foodHighest alcohol content (ABV) in percent %
Alcohol free drink0.05%
Non alcoholic drink0.5%
Grape juice (red)0.86%
Apple juice0.66%
Orange juice0.73%
White wine vinegar2.64%
Wheat roll0.14%
Burger roll1.28%
Rye Bread0.2%
Sweet milk rolls1.21%
Banana0.2%
Ripe Banana0.4%
Ripe Pear0.04%
Kefir0.02%
Yogurt0.02%
Alcohol content of food

How much alcohol is in a glass of alcohol free wine?

The label “alcohol free” should relate to an alcohol by volume of less than 0.05%. At this level, the trace amount of alcohol is not biologically active. It is immediately metabolised and has no impact on the body.

How does non alcoholic wine compare to non alcoholic beer?

It makes for an interesting comparison between non alcoholic wine and beer and how much you can drink to equal an alcoholic version.

As wine is generally always a much higher alcohol by volume, you can drink a lot more glasses on non alcoholic and alcohol free wine before it equals one glass of wine compared to one beer.

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