De-Alcoholised Wines: Introducing Lautus Wines

The global beverage industry has witnessed a significant shift in consumer preferences towards ‘low alcohol or non-alcoholic’ drinks.  We have seen this trend take-off and the demand be successfully met in the beer and spirit categories.  It has more recently been moving into wine, with the biggest initial wins in the sparkling category.  Consumers are seeking alternatives that offer the sophisticated flavours of traditional wines without the intoxicating effects of alcohol for several reasons.

  1. Consumer Health and Wellness: One of the key drivers behind the growing significance of de-alcoholised wines is the increasing global focus on health and wellness. As consumers become more conscious of their lifestyle choices, many are opting for beverages that contribute to (or at the least, do not harm) their overall well-being.  De-alcoholised wines offer a compelling option for individuals who wish to enjoy the taste and experience of wine without the potential negative health effects associated with alcohol consumption.
  2. Expanding Consumer Base: De-alcoholised wines have played a pivotal role in expanding the consumer base for the wine industry. Traditionally, some individuals abstained from consuming wine due to cultural or health reasons.  The introduction of de-alcoholised wines has provided an inclusive solution, allowing a broader audience to partake in the social and cultural aspects associated with wine consumption.
  3. Social and Cultural Shifts: De-alcoholised wines have also become emblematic of changing social and cultural norms around alcohol consumption. In a world where socialising often revolves around sharing a ‘cheers’, de-alcoholised wines offer a solution that allows individuals to participate in such gatherings without the need for alcohol.

 

Introducing Lautus Wines

Love it or hate it, de-alcoholised wines are growing rapidly in significance in the global market, and it seems this ‘trend’ is here to stay!  We searched extensively for a quality de-alcoholised wine producer to import to the UK to satisfy this increased demand.  When we discovered Lautus, we knew that these wines were not your ‘standard’ dealcoholised option!  The wines displayed far more finesse, complexity, elegance, and less perceived sugar than most of the examples we’ve come across in the market.

 

Lautus Wines was founded by Reg Holder, previously of Neil Ellis and Delheim Wines.  He was in pursuit of producing a non-alcoholic wine for his wife to enjoy while she was pregnant. de-alcoholised wines Reg wanted to produce a wine that portrayed the complexity, elegance, and finesse of a premium wine.  He uses traditional grape growing and winemaking practices combined with cutting-edge technology to de-alcoholise the wines.  As with all wine, the true heroes are the vineyards, carefully selecting the ideal vineyard blocks from regions he knows and understands well.  Because of this, the wines produced are aromatic, complex, and well balanced.  Great care is taken during fermentation to retain all the delicate flavours to ensure true varietal characters remain in your glass.

 

The alcohol is removed in two stages at low temperatures under a vacuum via spinning cone.  During the first stage, 100% of the wine’s volatile flavour compounds and aromatic essences are captured and set aside.  During the second stage, the neutral alcohol is removed from the wine. After this, the essence from the first stage is added back to the de-alcoholised wine.  This results in a wine with all the flavours of a wine without the restriction of alcoholic content.  Simply put, the process is like deconstructing a wine, removing the alcohol, and then putting the remaining ‘puzzle’ pieces back together again.

 

Despite the growing significance of de-alcoholised wines, challenges remain, including consumer skepticism about the taste and quality of non-alcoholic alternatives.  Overcoming these challenges requires continued global investment in research and development to improve the production processes and enhance the sensory experience of de-alcoholised wines.

 

However, we advocate for a slightly different drinking approaching when it comes to de-alcoholised wine.  As individuals whose lives revolve around traditional wine, we will always be able to detect the stylistic differences between wine and de-alcoholised wine.  It is unlikely that these de-alcoholised options will be able to completely their alcoholic counterparts because removing the ethanol content

(which is frequently over 14% of the content of a regular wine) is bound to alter certain structural and stylistic elements in the beverage.

 

Just as ‘vegan’ beef will never taste truly identical to beef- these wines will have their own unique character.  We encourage those who would like to drink de-alcoholised wines to approach them as de-alcoholised wines, don’t try to force them to have the same identity as a traditional wine.  Try these and let us know what you think.

Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines, Chardonnay NV

Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines, Savvy Red NV

Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines, De-Alcoholised Sparkling

 

 

 

 

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