Best Red Wine for Sangria

Are you one of those people who don’t give much thought to the types of red wine they use for sangria? You just choose the cheapest wine you can find at the liquor store, and hope for the best. Your internal monologue debates: Does it really make a big difference? At we’re here to say that it does matter. Choosing the best red wine for sangria doesn’t happen by accident.

Don’t worry, you don’t really have to be a wine connoisseur. You just need to keep reading.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not about expensive wines. There are a lot of inexpensive wines that are pretty darn good too. We’re determined to help you choose some of the best wines, so that you can enjoy an excellent Sangria; full of flavor but easy on the wallet (or purse).

Still interested? Let’s get started.

So…you’re looking for the

BEST Wine for Red Sangria ??

Let’s get you started with an overview on Sangria.

There’s nothing like having a fresh glass of Sangria in the summertime. Its fruity flavor and light texture make it an amazing match for an afternoon in the sun.

Free drinking tip: Sangria is also a great drink to consume before 5 pm, so if you feel like having a drink before it’s “socially acceptable,” then sangria is probably your best bet. Although, we don’t know why on earth you would stick to any kind of social norms.

But that aside, the truth is, while the odyssey to find the right wine can be daunting for those that don’t know what to look for, there are plenty of high-quality wines with low price tags you can choose from. That’s where we’re going to help.

Just bear in mind that the wine’s price doesn’t mean it will turn into good sangria, as you’re looking for a particular wine we’ll discuss throughout the next couple of paragraphs.

Best Red Wine To Use For Sangria

What to Avoid in a Sangria Wine:

If you’re looking for wines to mix with fruit for great sangria, avoid wines like Cabernet, heavy Bordeaux, and wines with a lot of tannins. Avoiding tannins is just one of the ways to go, but there are also other variables to avoid. Heavy wines in general, and Merlot along with most other heavy reds are best left on the racks.

But this isn’t the only tip, because if your only criteria is to avoid heavier wine, just know there are lighter wines to avoid as well. As an example, Garnay and Pinot Noir shouldn’t be used because they’re more acidic, and the acidity of the fruit can turn your sangria into a very acidic drink you won’t want to chug. Not that you should be chugging Sangria, just to be clear.

On the other hand, wines with strong flavors such as mushroom, bell pepper and so on – think Nebbiolo, Carménère and Cabernet Franc – will shock with the fruit flavor, so we don’t advise that either.

If you do want to try it anyway, to see for yourself, then by all mean go ahead. You’ll see what we mean.

What do You Want in a Sangria Wine?

First of all, the wine should be relatively inexpensive. The nuances of good expensive wines are wasted on Sangria. Since you’re going to add fruity flavors into the mix, some good wines with low price tags are going to be your best bet.

You want wines that are fruity and taste nice on their own, and you happen to know some that fit the description, then go right ahead and try those. If not, we are going to recommend some of our favorite red wines for sangria in this article. We’re not saying this is the only way.

Red sangria is great if you use low tannin and fruity wines. And since this beverage is traditionally Spanish, why not try it with wine from that region?

However, some drinkers prefer white sangria. Luckily, choosing a dry white or fruity white wine for sangria is usually much easier since these wines don’t give you that tannin flavor. Our number one tip here is using wines that aren’t too heavy on the oak flavor. Rather, opt for a white wine that’s lush, peachy and bright. Like the Portuguese Vinho Verde or even Riesling.

Finally, there are also two other varieties of Sangria, based on sparkling wines and rosé wines. And here are our recommendations for each of them. The Rosé you pick shouldn’t have a very dry feel. So you should avoid Provençal rosés that are mineral. Instead, choose a fruity wine.

As far as sparkling sangria is concerned, it is an already unorthodox choice, so choose whatever you feel would be a good match, with respect to the tips we gave you above. To recap: remember, fruity, low tannin, low acidic values and not too rich in either strong flavors or oak.

Top 5 Red Wines for Sangria

Ok, now it’s time. Let’s get down to picking the best wines for your red sangria. Throughout this section, we’ll tell you just what type of reds and grapes are best suited for Sangria. We’ll also recommend five of our top choices in each of the categories mentioned, leaving no room for error.

Of course you’re welcome to choose the wines by yourself, but if you follow this guide you can’t go wrong.

Garnacha, Spanish Grenache:

This wine is low on tannins. It has a great acidic balance and gives you red fruits based aftertaste rich in its flavor and scent. This is therefore one of the best, if not THE best, wine type for sangria.

Our number one pick: Bodegas Borsao from Tres Picos


This wine is yet another Spanish variety. Sangria originates from the same country, so this is well suited. You’ll taste hints of blackberries, ripened cherries, and cola. Its lush texture should be enjoyed in its “Joven” or “Crianza” states. Search for those words on the wine’s label next time you’re shopping.

Our number one pick: Palacios Remondo from La Vendimia

Zinfandel, Also Known as Primitivo (Italy):

This wine that is just rock solid for sangria. It has notes of jammy fruits, rich floral taste and smell. Its rich texture bodes well with the fruit in the mix.

Our number one pick: Rancho Zabaco from Dancing Bull


An Argentinean wine that isn’t well known but also makes a great match with the fruit for sangria. It is fruity, good for mixes, rich in its lush style and with notes of plum, ripe juice, and raspberry.

Our number one pick: Catena from Alamos

Nero d’Avola:

An Italian wine, often produced on its southern part. Nero d’Avola is a juicy, lush wine that is also soft and dark in color. This is light drink, but it is hugely refreshing and the go-to choice if it’s really hot that day.

Our number one pick: Cantine Barbera

We hope you now have enough information to confidently make a killer Sangria to share with friends; or just to drink all by yourself. If you haven’t yet found the best wine for sangria, kindly re-read this article. Happy drinking – responsibly, of course.