The Best Canned Wines For Any Occasion
I love wine as much as the next person but the rigamorale of opening a bottle on a Tuesday night, when all I really want is a single glass to de-stress myself after endless emails, is one I could do without. Having a Coravin is one solution to that problem but I don’t exactly have hundreds of pounds lying around to splurge on that.
The only other real solution is to either (a) commit to drinking the entire bottle in one sitting, or (b) find a way of consuming fresh wine in smaller quantities. Enter, stage right, canned wines. Canned wines come in small sizes which makes them perfect for one-and-done consumption. Bringing a whole bottle to a park is fairly cumbersome but a few tins of these are a relative breeze. They’re the perfect thing to drink when it’s picnic season. But that’s not all.
Canned wine also produces a smaller carbon footprint than its bottled brethren. Less energy is used to recycle aluminium than glass and it’s also cheaper to transport. There are a lot of upsides to canned wine. The downside is that a lot of canned wine isn’t very good. I’ve already rounded up some of the best natural wines you can find for £10 as well as some of the best boxed wines out there, so I thought I’d help you out in your time of need yet again and direct you to some of the best canned wines on the market. Because, as I said earlier, there’s a lot to love about having a little tin of Riesling in your fridge.
Canned Wine Co.
The Canned Wine Co. unsurprisingly produce canned wines. And good ones, at that. Working with some of Europe’s best winemakers, Canned Wine Co. work hard to ensure that each of its cans only contains wine of the best possible quality. The idea came about after the owners found themselves disappointed by the lacklustre wine offering at a music festival in the summer. You won’t be disappointed with the single varietal wines canned by these lot, though. From a zesty Grüner to a more classical Garnacha, each can is an excellent showcase of the land it comes from and the grape it represents.
The Copper Crew
These 250ml single-serving cans of wine are incredibly convenient – the perfect modern antidote to having a single glass of wine doesn’t require you to buy an expensive Coravin. Boasting a Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Rosé, The Copper Crew is a South African-British venture started by two friends with a passion for good wine. Not only does canning wine preserve its freshness but the lightweight recyclable cans these wine come in also help to reduce the wine’s overall carbon footprint. That clear conscience will definitely help a can slide down after a stressful day at work. All of The Copper Crew’s core wines are sourced and blended in South Africa and taste pretty damn good. This is wine that's designed to be drunk and enjoyed, just as all good wine should be.
The alliterative brainchild of chef Tommy Banks and his brother, James, Banks Brothers is a premium canned wine company that want to make good wine more accessible and less pretentious for your average punter. The duo has launched six wines (ranging from a fragrant Riesling to a plucky Pinot Noir) with all of them available on the Banks Brothers online shop. Each can clocks in at around £7 – which obviously isn’t cheap, cheap but it hopefully won’t break the bank (ha) either. These are worth checking out if you want to explore the higher end of the canned wine market.
Wine can be rather intimidating. When you’ve got people talking about how a wine can smell like fresh tennis balls or wet dog, it’s easy to feel you’ve got to say something insightful whenever having a sip of the stuff. Thankfully, there’s a lot of wine out there that you don’t need to describe as “funky like a farmhouse” or “fresh as a daisy”. Some wine you can simply describe as “nice”, and that’s the kind of wine that NICE is about. These canned wines include a Sauvignon Blanc, Pale Rosé and Argentinian Malbec. All of them are super accessible, fully vegan, and free from any intimidation. Grab a cold can on a hot day and you’ll be pleased with yourself.
Kiss of Wine
Canned wine from independent, artisan winemakers. That’s what Kiss of Wine’s founder Jennifer Browarczyk set out to sell when they started their business. The wines that KoW are all produced by small winemakers and packaged in tidy little cans. They’re perfectly suited for having a single serving and save you from having to commit to a bottle when all you want is a glass. A delicious and measured way to drink.
Canned wine is many things but “cool” is not often a word that’s used to describe it. Convenient, sure! But cool? Not really. That being said, Ferdinand Wines produces some extremely cool canned wines. The Californian winemaker has a rosé and Albariño on its roster – both come in eye-catching cans which are easy to access and store. This is the ideal picnic wine and potential the best canned wine available. The price reflects that.
English wine has really taken off over the last couple of years. It’s gone from being the butt of a joke to an interesting scene where you find some great up and coming producers. The Uncommon look set to corner the English canned wine market with its range of bubbly wines and spritzers. The branding is all very cricket and croquet but pour one of these into a fancy flute and you’ll be game, set, and match. Ideal for anyone that wants to inject a bit more fizz and fun into their drinking routine.
Small but Perfectly Formed
Created by the team behind Bibendum, Small But Perfectly Formed is a project aimed at creating excellent tasting wine that’s delivered in a convenient and sustainable package. Sustainability is a hot button issue for many in the industry with cans being a much greener method of packaging and transporting wine than bottles. Whether it’s an Argentinean Malbec or Yankee Zinfadel, all of the wines that come from Small But Perfectly Formed have quality in mind. None of these cans feel like they’re sacrificing anything.
AA Badenhorst is a South African winemaker who has recently thrown their hat into the canned wine scene with a range of wine’s sourced from the west coast of South Africa. The ‘Curator’ collection is a great showcase of how good canned wine can be. AA Badenhorst’s white blend, in particular, is full of verve and a delicious drink to have in the fridge for weeknight stress-related emergencies. The rosé meanwhile is exactly what you’re going to want to be drinking all summer long. Cin-cin.
South Africa seem to be spearheading the canned wine movement and Lubanzi Wines is a winemaker working their way to becoming one of the go-tos for that aluminium format. Lubanzi produce a Chenin Blanc, a sparkling rosé, and a red blend, all of which come packaged in tidy 250ml cans. They’re designed to be drunk on the move and were made with travellers in mind. This is what you should be drinking on the train when you can’t stomach another subpar gin in a tin. These canned wines are tasty and expressive. Give them a go.
East London’s HUN is out to shake up the wine industry. And by “shake up the wine industry” I mean they’re producing cans of wine filled with South African vino and flogging them at an affordable price. HUN’s USP is definitely its price point, with some of their cans (like the Sauvignon Blanc) coming in at just £2. That’s far more friendly on your wallet than most of the canned wines on this list, making HUN the perfect pre-night out or pre-festival option. And before you ask, no, it’s got nothing to do with Love of Huns. Go figure.
The Napa Valley is the most famous wine region in the whole of America. It produces some of the best and most expensive wines in California and also, as of late, some of the finest canned wines, too. Larkin Wines’ range of canned wines has already had other producers watching behind their backs. These wines are deceptively good, and that’s not just in comparison to other canned wines. They’re good stacked up against bottled numbers, too. The pink wine (which is a 100% Pinot Noir from Napa Valley) is my personal pick of the litter.