Wine in a can is becoming more popular in the UK, with the format rapidly growing and an ever increasing number of styles and price points being catered for. What is great about wine in a can and what should you look for when buying canned wine?
Quality of canned wine
The quality of canned wine varies substantially in the UK. Typically you might expect to spend around £2-4 in a UK supermarket although some brands are now offering more premium offerings around £5.
Canned wine is available in all UK supermarkets, however, if it's quality you're after it's best to look at some of the smaller companies who are focused on canned wine. You can buy canned wine online from most independent canned wine producers in the UK. Our award-winning canned wines use juice that would typically be £15-20 in bottle format are available to order for delivery.
Benefits of Canned Wine
Canned wines are a win for the environment. As much as 46% of a wine's total CO2 footprint is due to the packaging, and glass comes out worst. Wine in can typically emits four times less CO2 than the equivalent volume wine in bottles.
Additionally, aluminium cans are made from 70% recycled material, and much less energy is required to recycle aluminium than glass. Aluminium cans are infinitely recyclable and can go from production, canning, distribution, consumption, collection and back to can production within 60 days! Ball Corporation (the people who make our cans) also believe it is possible to achieve 100% recycling rates for aluminium cans in Europe. This of course depends on efficient waste management - so if you are on the go, please contribute to this circular recycling loop by disposing your cans in the appropriate bins - every can counts!
On the go
Wine in a can takes away all the faff involved with bottled wines. No longer will you need to carry a corkscrew with you on a picnic! The 250ml format is portable and perfect on the go, whether this is a picnic, hike, boat trip or dog walk. The sleek format fits in every bag or backpack and can accompany you on all of your spring adventures. It is also very convenient that each person can try the wine they like without any arguments, whether this is a white, rosé or red canned wine.
Canned wines in smaller formats allow you to try premium wine from exciting grape varieties without having to spend too much on a whole bottle. Gone are the days of cheap fizzy wine in cans, with more complex and high-quality canned wines hitting the market, such as our oaked Old Vine Garnacha.
Having the chance to try smaller portions of premium wine means you can even try different wines on the same night, without having to break the bank! Wine in a can is small, but better.
So to the wine itself. Cans are completely sealed, so no oxygen can enter and deteriorate the wine over time. Canned wines are generally selected to be drunk young and will retain the freshness from the day they are canned. Canning allows us to capture a snap shot in time to preserve a wine's vibrancy for you to enjoy at any time. Also, there are no issues from light ingress or corking found in bottles. Canned wine won't aged in cans in the same way that it does in a bottle, they're meant to be drunk!
Canned wine does present different technical challenges to bottling and reductive grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc should be avoided. If you want to know how good wine in a can can be, then try our range of award winning canned wines.
Does canning wine affect the flavour?
The simple answer is no, the long answer is that it can, but only in the same way bottling, using a cork, screw top, or bag-in-box can all affect the flavour.
We’re not going to go into detail here, needless to say the trick is in the careful handling and sourcing of wines that suit a particular style of packaging and working with wineries to create wines that really shine whatever the vessel.