I’m so excited! The Vinada Airen Review is finally here. The Airen is the latest in the Vinada range to land on Australian shores and after making my way through a whole bottle its time to put my thoughts to paper.
The Vinada Airen is quite simply an amazing non-alcoholic sparkling. Each glass of Airen is full of a:
- Light fruity sweetness – think apple and melon.
- Smooth and full body.
- Creamy and crisp finish.
- Lingering dry fruity notes.
Vinada impressively delivers class-leading non-alcoholic sparkling wine. But what is the Airen all about and how does it fit into the rest of the Vinada Range?
|Grape:||Spanish Airen Grapes|
|Main Notes:||Sweet Fruity notes|
|Cost:||$24 – $26.|
In each glass of the Vinada Airen, you will likely find flavours of apple, melon with hints of peach and fruity sweetness, a full body and a creamy finish that leaves you with a tasty dry finish.
The flavour profile of the Airen is beautifully balanced as it:
- Opens with sweetness from fruity flavours.
- Builds into a soft, smooth body.
- Finishing with a creamy and lightly sweet finish.
To get the most out of this one, reach for your champagne flutes and be sure to drink it at between 6 – 8 degrees, to really get the most out of the flavour profile.
The more I drink this the more I start to feel there is some sweetness in it compared to the Crispy Chardonnay however everyone I have been sharing it around with assures me, I’m being picky and it is no sweeter than a similar profiled alcoholic sparkling wine.
You can find a bottle of Airen at Brunswick Aces both in store and online, with more stock making its way into Australia, keep an eye on the retailers below. I’ll keep things updated in line with how the distribution grows.
Each bottle of Airen will cost you around that $25 a bottle mark and this is roughly on par with the likes of the Thomson and Scott Noughty, Barton & Guestier yet below options like the McGuigan Sparkling (approx. $12).
Interested in Trying a Bottle? Find the links to Aces below:
If you are someone who enjoyed the sparkling chardonnay from Vinada or enjoys a well-bodied sparkling, then this is a non-alcoholic sparkling for you.
Even with the hint of sweetness, you’re going to find a great creamy mouthfeel and a dry and crisp finish.
Overall this is a sparkling that would suit all but the hardest and fast Extra Brut drinkers.
I feel like things have progressed so far from the time I wrote about my favourite non-alcoholic sparkling wines. However, if you’re looking for other options to compliment your Vinada trio give it a read for some new options.
With only 22 calories and 4.8 grams of sugar per 100ml, the Vinada Airen is low in calories and a great lower-calorie alternative to alcoholic sparkling wine.
Comparing the sugar contents of the Airen to other non-alcoholic sparkling options, you’ll see the 4.4 grams is in the average range.
|Non-Alcoholic Sparkling||Sugar Contents|
|Noughty Sparkling||2.9 grams per 100ml|
|Vinada Airen||4.8 grams per 100ml|
|Vinada Sparkling Rose||5 grams per 100ml|
|McGuigan Zero Sparkling||6.7 grams per 100ml|
If you’re looking for a full breakdown of the Airen nutrition, the nutrition table is below.
Per Serving (240ml)
|Protein||<0.1 g||1.0 g|
|Fat, total||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|— saturated||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|Carbohydrate||9 g||4.8 g|
|— sugars||9 g||4.8 g|
|Sodium||<0.01 mg||5.0 mg|
Whether you’re celebrating a big milestone, the arrival of a new bub or the end of the workweek. The Airen can do it all, honestly, this sparkling is really quite remarkable.
The team over at Vinada suggest this is perfect as an aperitif, with salads and desserts. I tend to agree with them that it would go remarkably well with cheese.
So if you’re looking to celebrate any occasion or just looking for a reason to hear that ‘pop’ keep your fridge shelves stacked for any time of the day or night you feel like some Amazing Airen!
As the name suggests, the Airen is made with the most commonly planted grape in Spain, the Airen grape variety. For the Vinada Airen, the grapes are harvested from the La Mancha winemaking region in Spain.
Interestingly, the La Mancha winemaking region is the largest winemaking region not only in Spain but also in Europe.
It is impressive to see long lost grape varieties that have been bumped from modern-day wines (Airen & Verdejo) making a resurgence in a big way.
It is exciting to see Vinada doing great things with a staple grape variety and bringing awareness to the amazing grapes out there.
I know what you’re thinking. I’ve said only positive things about the Vinada Chardonnay, Vinada Rose and now this Vinada Airen Gold.
But as you know, I’m all about calling a spade a spade and in this instance, Vinada has consistently crafted world-class non-alcoholic wines that give all other options a run for their money.
In terms of other options that stack up to the Vinada range, personally, I love the:
I am looking forward to seeing what everybody thinks of the Vinada Airen as it starts to roll out through Australia as I truly believe it is going to be a great conversation starter that gets more people into non-alcoholic drinks without even knowing it!
So get yourself a bottle, bet your friends and family they can’t tell the difference and collect your winnings.
Chapeau Vinada you’ve done a fabulous job and you get a 9/10 from me.