Grabbing a bottle of wine to go? You’ll need a bottle opener, some shatterproof glassware and something to cushion the bottle so it doesn’t break in transit, right? Groan. Wine in a can is a far better option. Lightweight and unbreakable, it requires no corkscrew, no drinking glass. Plus, the can keeps the wine fresh so there’s no chance of it being corked (a fancy wine term for tainted) when you open it.
Wine that comes in cans tends to be fresh and easy-drinking, perfect for gulping with a picnic lunch, on a camping trip or at the ballgame. These six wineries understand that wine isn’t only for fancy dinners and crystal decanters. For casual sipping they say: Yes, we can!
Spain’s first organic estate-grown canned rosé is made with 100% handpicked garnacha from López de Lacalle Artazu, a celebrated property in the Navarra region. It’s the same wine the producer bottles as 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 ensure 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,” Chiappetta says.
This line of canned wines by Lieb Cellars is made from sustainably farmed estate-grown and other local grapes 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’s 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; the stainless-steel-fermented chardonnay has stone fruit, green apple, and great minerality. For a red, try the Bordeaux-style blend, with its smooth tannins and notes of red fruit and black cherries.
Launched in 2004 by Washington state winemaker Charles Smith with the goal of offering value and quality with minimalist packaging, House Wine offers six different canned wines, all made with grapes from American vineyards. Brut Bubbles is an easy-drinking sparkler; Red Blend is a juicy mix of 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.”
Since launching in 2015, these cans have been spotted at sports venues and retailers across the country. Today, the company offers four expressions made from 100% California grapes. The crisp White blends viognier and unoaked chardonnay; Red combines merlot and zinfandel for hints of smoke and pomegranate; Fizz infuses the same White blend with carbon dioxide for refreshing effervescence; and Rosé uses chardonnay and zinfandel for an easy-drinking pink wine 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.”Continue to 5 of 6 below.
This sibling-run winery in Maryland uses grapes grown in the state. 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% estate-grown fruit from a vineyard in Edna Valley, California, that’s been certified SIP (Sustainability in Practice). It’s the same quality wine that goes into the brand’s bottles.
The sauvignon blanc is racy and bright with aromas of grapefruit, green apple and lemon zest, with crisp acidity and a line of minerality. Albariño and viognier form the base of the rosé for clean and elegant character. Pinot noir, grenache and syrah are added for structure and hints of watermelon and strawberry.