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Lautus Savvy White Wine

Woolies releases new Lautus Savvy White alco-free wine

Meet Lautus Savvy White – claimed as South Africa’s very first de-alcoholised wine, “crafted with a single goal in mind: to deliver the best of the grape in the healthiest possible way”.

Says the press release:

This means the wine is made traditionally with an additional phase right before bottling, when a special spinning technique removes the alcohol without eliminating all of Nature’s goodness.

This new no-guilt wine is big on flavour yet low in calories (52 kJ per 100ml) and contains less than 0,5% alcohol by volume – the same traces you will find in two-day-old orange juice in your fridge.

Its name reflects the winemaker’s intent: Lautus is Latin for pure, elegant and sumptuous.

The wine is so good, it’s made for Woolworths. And low alcohol does not mean low flavour, stresses Cape Wine Master, Allan Mullins, wine selector for the retailer.

“The quality of grapes used, matched by subtle winemaking, sees to it that Lautus Savvy White’s elegance is underpinned by sumptuous flavours of tropical fruit and lime, balanced by fresh acidity and a long and satisfying finish,” he says.

“It has been a long wait for a South African de-alcoholised wine that is great to drink. Woolworths are proud to be associated with Lautus Savvy White. The feedback has been amazing, particularly from drivers and pregnant women.”

Lautus Savvy White begins its life in cool climate vineyards where grapes are picked selectively for acidity and optimal ripeness. Gentle winemaking follows to protect the fruit’s natural character. The wine is then spun to carefully remove the alcohol before bottling.

As with any good quality white wine with a fresh character, Lautus is the ideal companion to salads and lighter dishes featuring white meat – chicken or fish.

Lautus Savvy White is made by Holder Vineyard & Wines and is available at selected Woolworths stores and online at It retails for R59.95/bottle.