What’s the Best Wine for Sangria? - Wine Turtle
This post was updated on: October 1, 2019

What are the Best Wines for Sangria?

Best Wines for Sangria

Not only does sangria look amazing and very inviting, it is also one of the healthier alcoholic drinks you can have. I love sangria, especially when sitting in the sun and enjoying it with friends andfamily. I actually love making sangria just as much as I enjoy drinking it and I have been known to make some the best sangria in town. I want to share with you which wines to use for your sangria so that you’re the talk of the town too.

​Sangria is so very simple to make and traditionally contains red wine, fruit juice and fresh fruit cut up and added. Now while I say that sangria is one the healthier alcoholic drinks, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy...it just means that it is better than drinking other alcoholic drinks such as beer and fizzy mixers.

One of the reasons why sangria is a good choice of alcoholic drink to have is because red wine(which is a main ingredient) can actually have its health benefits. Red wine actually contains small amounts of potassium and iron and can actually help to reduce the risk of heart disease. This of course is if you drink in moderation and not binge drink.​

One of the other reasons why sangria is a good choice is because it containsa lot of fruit which weall know is good for you. The fruit that is in sangria is in the form of juice and whole fruit. To get the full health benefits, I tend to squeeze the fruit juice fresh from the fruit rather than buy it in a carton. This also helps to create lovely fresh tasteful sangria too. I always eat the fruit that is in the sangria too as it soaks up the liquid and is absolutely delicious.​

As well as the health benefits, sangria is also a great drink to have for parties. You can make a batch of it and put it into a cocktail bowl or jug, place on a table with glasses around so everyone can share. If you do a good job of it then you’ll find many people complimenting you and asking for the recipe. It can be a great talking point which is essential for parties.​ 

Now that you know all the benefits of sangria, you would obviously now like to make your own. To make the best sangria, you need to know which wines to use for it which I am going to list in this blog post. It is generally known that you should always use a dry red wine for your sangria but that is still very broad so I want to narrow it down for you.​

The wine is the heart and soul of sangria which is why getting the best wine is majorly important to create a very tasty sangria. Here are the wines that I recommend using for your sangria:​

​Garnacha Wine

The first wine type I recommend using for your sangria is Garnacha which is a red wine typically made in Spain. Obviously all of the different garnacha wines will be different however they generally have lower tannins, beautiful rich red fruits and fantastic acidity. All three of these things is what makes garnacha wine the perfect choice for sangria.

I have added below a couple of garnacha wines that works great for sangria:​

2009 Metate Hill Vineyards Calaveras County Garnacha Wine

2009 Metate Hill Vineyards Calaveras County Garnacha Wine

This lovely looking bottle of red wine is the 2009 Metate Hill Vineyards Calaveras County Garnacha Wine which is just $16 for one 750 ml bottle, $48 for three bottles or $96 for six bottles. This red wine comes from the Metate Hill Vineyards Winery which is located in Calaveras County in California.

The 2009 Metate Hill Vineyards Calaveras County Garnacha Wine will bring smooth cherry and fruity flavors to your sangria which is just what you want. This would also work great if you’re planning on serving pasta or spicy dishes during the party as this red wine matches perfectly with them. It will truly give a silky smooth feel to the sangria and a beautiful light fruity flavor.

If you don’t want to spend too much on the wine but still want a quality sangria then the 2009 Metate Hill Vineyards Calaveras County Garnacha Wine is absolutely perfect.​

2010 Fernandez Gomez Garnacha Rioja Alavesa Wine

2010 Fernandez Gomez Garnacha Rioja Alavesa Wine

The 2010 Fernandez Gomex Garnacha Rioja Alavesa Wine is a much sought after wine because of how well it works with sangria and also how nice it tastes on its own. Considering how popular it is,it is hard to believe that one 750 ml bottle of this is only $26.99. It comes from the Tierra Agrícola Labastida Winery which is located in La Rioja, Spain.

The 2010 Fernandez Gomez Garnacha Rioja Alavessa Wine is a well-structured wine that is supple and has plenty of currant flavors. It will add plenty of re fruit aromas to your sangria including cherry, strawberry and raspberry. This is a perfect wine to use in your sangria if you’re serving any dishes that have mushrooms.

Tempranillo Wine

Tempranillo wine is another wine that is mainly made in Spain where sangria was born. This type ofwine will generally bring a really rich and lush texture to the sangria. Again, different types of tempranillo wine will be different however the best will have hints of black cherries, cola and blackberries. Some tempranillo wines can actually be heavily oaked which you don’t want so watch out of this on the label before buying.

Here are a couple of Tempranillo wines that works really well in sangria:

2012 Woodstock Wines The Octogenarian Grenache Tempranillo

2012 Woodstock Wines The Octogenarian Grenache Tempranillo

This is the 2012 Woodstock Wines The Octogenarian Grenache Tempranillo wine can be bought for just $29.99 for one 750 ml bottle. You can also buy a pack of three bottles for $89.97 or a pack of six bottles for $179.94. This tempranillo wine is from the Woodstock Winery which is located in McLaren Vale in South Australia.

The 2012 Woodstock Wines The Octagenarian Grenache Tempranillo red wine is the perfect wine to have in your sangria as it contains bright cherry and raspberry flavors and is not oaked. If you’re serving food at your party such as Moroccan tagines or slow cooked roasts then this is the wine to have in your sangria.

The 2012 Woodstock Wines The Octagenerian Grenache Tempranillo wine is beautifully bright in color which will create a lovely bright red sangria. What makes this uniquered wine stand out is its white pepper spice that will give the sangria a bit of much welcomed kick. Another reason why it is good for sangria is because of tis soft tannins.

It is a highly recommended red wine with it coming 9 thin the The Adelaide Reviews Hot 100 South Australian Wines. It is actually is made from 15% tempranillo and 85% Grenache grapes which iswhat gives this a unique flavour

2012 Dancing Coyote Lodi California Tempranillo Wine

2012 Dancing Coyote Lodi California Tempranillo Wine

This very fun looking and named tempranillo wine is the 2012 Dancing Coyote Lodi California Tempranillo wine which is just $13.99 for one 750 ml bottle. You can also get a pack of three bottles for $41.97 or a pack of six bottles for $83.94. This is from the Dancing Coyote Winery which is located in San Joaquin County in California.

The main flavors in the 2012 Dancing Coyote Lodi California Tempranillo Wine include plum, currants and herbal spice which are all characteristics you want in a sangria. This will work perfectly if you’reserving roasted vegetables or braised meats to create a truly Spanish vibe for your party. This a beautiful rich full-bodied wine that has a stunning ruby color and integrated tannins.

If you want to use a wine that will bring a smooth finish to your sangria then the 2012 Dancing Coyote Lodi California Tempranillo Wine is the wine to use. This will work perfectly for garden parties and Mediterranean themed parties.

Bonarda Wine

The next on the list is bonarda wine which is mainly made in Argentina and is fairly unknown but a true hidden gem for sangria. The even better news is that Bonarda wine is usually cheaper in price so you can get premium quality wine for very good prices to get the most value for your money. Bonarda is often blended with other grapes but bonarda wine that is 100% will generally offer a rich raspberry and plum flavors.

Here is one bonarda wine that will go perfectly with your sangria:​

2012 Marchese Adorno Bonarda Lombardy Wine

2012 Marchese Adorno Bonarda Lombardy Wine

The design of this bottle of 2012 Marchese Adorno Bonarda Lombardy wine looks very traditional and is also very traditional in taste too. This bottle of bonarda wine will cost you just $19.95 for one 750 ml bottle, $59.85 for a pack of three bottles or $119.70 for a pack of six bottles. It is from the Adorno Winery which is located in Lombardy in Italy.

The 2012 Marchese Adorno Bonarda Lombardy Wine is made using 100% bonarda grapes and so is perfect win to use for your sangria, not to mention how good the price of it is as well. If you’re looking to make a premium sangria but without the premium price then this is the wine you need.

​Nero D’Avola Wine

The nero d’avola wine is mostly made in southern Italy and is beautifully dark in color and will add depth to your sangria. The taste of the wine itself is soft and juicy which is why I have added this wine to this list of the best wines to use for sangria. Nero D’Avola wine can also come in a rose form which you can also use in your sangria if you want to create something lighter in color.

Here is a nero d’avola wine that I recommend using for your sangria:​

2014 Guarino Estate Vineyards Nero D’Avola Wine

2014 Guarino Estate Vineyards Nero D’Avola Wine

The 2014 Guarino Estate Vineyards Nero D’Avola Wine will only cost you $13.99 for one 750 ml bottle. That is a brilliant price for this popular bottle of wine.You can also get a pack of three bottles for $41.97 or a pack of six bottles for $83.94 depending on how many people are attending your party.

The 2014 Guarino Estate Vineyards Nero D’Avola Wine comes from the Guarino Estate Vineyards Winery which is located in Sicily in Italy. It has a wonderful jammy flavor that will match perfectly with your sangria. This has just a hint of sweetness but a full rich flavor that is absolutely delicious.You will really be treating your guests if using this wine for your sangria.

Primitivo or Zinfandel Wine

Both of these wines come from the same grape which is why I have added them together. Primitivo is mostly commonly made in Italy while zinfandel is mostly made in California. Both of them are equally as perfect to add to your sangria because of their rich jammy fruit flavors. You can also get a primitive or zinfandel wine with floral notes and spices to create a truly spectacular sangria.

Here is a wine that I recommend using for your sangria:

2011 Menhir Primitivo Quota 31 Wine

2011 Menhir Primitivo Quota 31 Wine

This very modern looking bottle of primitive is the 2011 Menhir Primitivo Quote 31 Wine which is just a remarkable $18.99 for one 750 ml bottle. You can also get a pack of three bottles for $56.97 or a pack of six bottles for $113.94 to save on shipping costs. This is from the Menhir Salento Winery which is located in Puglia, Italy where primitive wine is best made.

​The 2011 Menhir Primitivo Quota 31 Wine is a very well rounded wine which is mildly sweet and has hints of spice which are the qualities I mentioned you wanted earlier for your sangria. This is the perfect wine to use for your sangria if you’re serving roasted lamb dishes or aged cheeses. The berries and plum flavors is what will turn your average sangria into something incredible.

About the Author

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love of wine and interest in anything related to it ever since he was a little kid. Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it and has been addicted ever since. Having traveled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa and tasted a large selection of their wines, it is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here and take you along on the journey.

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