When it comes to wine, there are various factors that can influence its taste and body. One of the key distinctions in the world of wine is whether a wine is considered light or heavy. But what exactly does this mean?

What makes a wine light or heavy?

"The weight" of a wine is often determined by its alcohol content, tannins, and overall flavour profile. Light wines typically have lower alcohol content, fewer tannins, and a more delicate flavor profile. On the other hand, heavy wines tend to have higher alcohol content, more pronounced tannins, and a richer, fuller flavour.

To produce "light" or "heavy" wines is not only a matter of the grape variety, but also climate, as warmer climates tend to give heavier wines than cool climates. Also the winemakers choice in the vineyards as to canopy management, harvesting time etc make a huge difference and the same does maceration times and how intensely one work the skins, oak maturation and much more. 

Which wines are considered light?

Common examples of light wines include varieties like Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are often described as refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. They pair well with lighter dishes like salads, seafood, and poultry. At Binivista we would consider all, but a few of our red wines, to be on the lighter side actually; Tomir 15°, Galatzó 265°, Masanella 358°, Teix 296 °, Alaro 328° and Randa 157 °(minus vintage 2020 that was most definitely heavy!) 

Which wines are considered heavy?

On the other hand, heavy wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Syrah are known for their bold flavours and higher alcohol content. These wines are often described as rich, robust, and full-bodied. They pair well with heartier dishes like steak, lamb, and pasta with meat based sauces. Binivista wines in this category are: Sa Rateta 334° and Alfabia 315°. However, not even these are really "heavy" considered with wines from other regions and producers as we always like our wines to be easily enjoyable and never too big and overwhelming. 

How to choose between light and heavy wines?

When deciding between light and heavy wines, consider the occasion and the food you'll be pairing the wine with. If you're having a light meal or looking for a refreshing drink, opt for a light wine. If you're enjoying a rich, flavourful dish, a heavy wine may be the better choice. The occasion and mood also plays a big role here; are you in a bright spring mood and looking for a glass to drink under the sun or in a contemplating mood looking for a "meditation wine? Emotions and occasions can be directly "paired" with wines. E.g. "bright spring mood" = light wine etc. 

Understanding the differences between light and heavy wines can help you make informed choices when selecting a bottle for your next gathering or meal. Whether you prefer the delicate nuances of a light wine or the bold flavours of a heavy wine, there's a perfect option out there for every palate. This is very much also the reason our Binivista wines are so different with each their own personality = a wine for each occasion and mood :-)