Choosing the best wines to drink in the summer depends on personal preferences and the type of food you might be pairing them with. Generally, lighter and refreshing wines are more popular during hot weather with big, heavy reds banished to the darkness of your wine cupboard until Autumn. Here are some popular types of wines that are perfect for summer:
- Rosé: Rosé wines are made from red grape varieties but have a shorter skin contact time, resulting in a pink hue. They are typically crisp, fruity, and great for sipping on a warm day. Check out our huge range of natural and organic Rosé wines here
- Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc wines are known for their zesty acidity, herbal notes, and tropical fruit flavours. They're excellent with salads, seafood, and light appetizers. Our top pick for this summer is Renegade’s latest Kyra Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: These white wines are light bodied with refreshing acidity, often offering flavors of citrus, pear, and green apple. We’ve just received a stunning Pinot Grigio Pet Nat from the queen of Natural Wine, Valentina Passalacqua, check it out here
- Riesling: Riesling wines come in various styles, from bone-dry to sweet. They are well-balanced, aromatic, and pair wonderfully with spicy foods or Asian cuisine. Domaine Muller-Koeberle’s moreish Rainette 2021 is a great representation of how diverse the grape can be, check it out here
- Gruner Veltliner: This Austrian white wine is known for its peppery and herbaceous flavours, making it a delightful option for summer dishes. Gut Oggau’s iconic Theodora is a great choice if your looking to taste an awesome refreshing white wine.
- Vinho Verde: Hailing from Portugal, Vinho Verde is a slightly fizzy, low-alcohol white wine that's incredibly refreshing on a hot day. Is there any other Vinho Verde worth trying than Chin Chin this summer?
Remember, personal taste is essential when choosing wines. If possible, try different wines to see which ones suit your palate best. Whether you prefer whites, rosés, or lighter reds, there's a wide selection of wines to enjoy during the summer season.