If you think you’re resigned to stocking a cooler full of beer or soda for your outdoor pursuits this season, think again. Wine in a can is the best friend you never knew you had. Lightweight and unbreakable, it doesn’t require a corkscrew, kid gloves or a drinking glass. These are six wineries that say yes, we can.
Spain’s first organic estate-grown canned rosé is made with 100 percent handpicked garnacha from López de Lacalle Artazu, a celebrated property in the Navarra region. It’s the same wine as the producer’s sister wine, Artazuri, just packaged to make it easier to take on the go, says founder Dustin Chiappetta. The López de Lacalle family purchased a canning line to assure the wine stays as fresh and crisp as possible. “Our goal was to deliver the same freshness and crisp rosé that’s perfect for any occasion but in a fun package,” he says.
Launched in 2004 by Washington state winemaker Charles Smith with the goal of offering value and quality with minimalist packaging, House Wine crafts varietally correct wines using grapes from American vineyards. It offers six different wines in a can, from Brut Bubbles, an easy-drinking sparkle, to a red blend with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. “Cans are such a great extension of having wine available but in a smaller format that’s lighter and easier to pack around,” says winemaker Hal Landvoigt. “It’s great for places where previously you either didn’t have wine at all or there was only beer available.”
This line of canned wine, made from sustainably farmed estate-grown and other local grapes, was started by Lieb Cellars, located on the North Fork of Long Island. “We live near the beach, and a bunch of us have or know people who have boats,” says general manager Amy Opisso. “It was awesome to be able to throw our cans in a cooler and not have to worry about glass bottles or cups.” The sauvignon blanc shows flavors of grapefruit and freshly cut grass, while the stainless-steel-fermented chardonnay touts stone fruit, green apple and minerality. If you’re more of a red drinker, try the Bordeaux-style red blend, with its notes of red fruit, black cherries and smooth tannins.
Since launching in 2015, the first exclusive wine-in-a-can company’s products have been spotted at sports venues and retailers across the U.S. Today, the company offers four expressions made from 100 percent California grapes. White blends viognier and unoaked chardonnay; Red brings together merlot and zinfandel for hints of smoke and pomegranate; Fizz infuses the same White blend with some carbon dioxide for refreshing effervescence; and Rosé uses chardonnay and zinfandel for an easy-drinking pink bevy tinged with watermelon. “MANCAN is meant to take the chore out of drinking wine,” says founder Graham Veysey. “No cork, no glass, no bottle opener necessary.”
This sibling-run winery in Maryland released four wines in a can last fall, all made with grapes grown in the state and available in the mid-Atlantic with distribution expanding. Farmer Fizz Rosé is a sparkling blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, chambourcin and petit verdot, while Bloom, a blend of chardonnay, vidal blanc and muscat, appeals to fans of semisweet wines. “For us, this project is all about making delicious wine accessible, travel-friendly and ready to enjoy anytime, anywhere,” says founder Drew Baker. “Wine shouldn’t be reserved for dinner parties or restaurant experiences. It should be what you grab for the day at the beach, on the boat, by the pool or hiking and camping.”
The company’s two canned offerings are made with 100 percent estate-grown fruit from an Edna Valley, Calif., vineyard certified SIP (Sustainability in Practice)—the same quality wine that goes into the juice in its bottles. Sauvignon blanc is racy and bright with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green apple, lemon zest, crisp acidity and a line of minerality. Albariño and viognier form the base of its rosé, adding clean and elegant character; and pinot noir, grenache and syrah are added for structure and flavors of watermelon and strawberry. It’s available in 48 states.