Wine and the Keto diet

Wine and the Keto diet

If you’re following any sort of keto diet, you know that you must avoid foods and beverages with high levels of sugar.  That brings us to the question, “how much sugar is there in wine…and is it okay for us keto people?”

I wish there were easy answers.  The catch is that unlike other consumables, wine producers aren’t required to list nutrition information on their bottles.  So, there’s no way to know for sure how much sugar, how many carbs, etc., are contained in any wine.  However, we can offer some general guidelines, so that you can continue to enjoy your Direct Cellars shipment every month, even if you’re following special diets for health or weight loss reasons.

First, we know that wine is made by letting yeast eat the sugar in grape juice and turn it into alcohol.  The more sugar the yeast converts, the higher the alcohol content and the less “residual sugar.”  That’s the term we use. 

Some wines really shine with a few grams of residual sugar. Of course, as with all things: moderation is key!

Here are some (very general) hints to help you decide which wines will go best with your diet, and which you might want to enjoy more moderately.

  • White and Rosé wines usually have higher sugar levels because the sweetness helps to balance their natural acidity.
  • European wines are generally drier, which means less residual sugar. Try more Nebbiolo, Chianti, Rioja, and European Bordeaux varietals that contain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Wines with higher alcohol levels include varieties such as Grenache, Zinfandel, and Shiraz/Syrah.  The grapes themselves tend to be naturally higher in sugar content than others.
  • Even though DC members have expressed a clear desire for some sweeter wines in the monthly selection, Moscato and other dessert wines these obviously will have higher sugar levels.

Direct Cellars does have some keto-friendly wines in the mix, and more are added each month. Take a look, shop and enjoy!

As always, if you have any questions about our wines or the world of wine in general, please email me at  Here’s to you!

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