Frequently Asked Questions
Edenvale wines are a sophisticated lifestyle beverage, and a healthy option for those who prefer not to drink alcohol for health, fitness, pregnancy, safety (designated drivers, people on call), or religious reasons. These are just a few of our consumer groups and we often receive great praise as evidenced by the testimonials.
- Edenvale is non-intoxicating
- Edenvale has less than (nearly) half the calories of normal wine, tastes great and is rich in antioxidants
Yes, Edenvale wines are safe to drink during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Edenvale contains trace amounts of alcohol (<0.5%ABV). These alcohol levels are similar to those found in fresh fruit juices. If you have any concerns, we suggest that you seek medical advice to check that your doctor is comfortable with you consuming our product.
When alcohol is removed from a wine, so too are large quantities of calories. Alcohol is created from the fermentation of natural sugars found in the grape, hence, the strong relationship between alcohol, sugar and therefore calories. The removal of alcohol from wine translates to a reduction in calories. For example, the removal of 13% alcohol by volume translates to nearly a 40% calorie reduction.
Weight watchers reference – 0.5 point per serve.
Both kilojoules and calories are measures of energy. Kilojoules is part of the metric system as used in Australia but not in some other countries such as the US. One calorie (a capital “C” actually refers to “kilocalorie”) equals 4.2 kilojoules/kJ.
The energy we get from food and drinks, as well as the energy our bodies burn through the day, is measured by the common measurement unit, that is, calories or kilojoules. The numbers 1200–1500 refer to calories each day. It is a daily energy intake needed to achieve weight loss for most female adults. The metric equivalent is 5000–6000 kJ per day.
To maintain a particular weight, most active females can eat an additional 2500–3000 kJ per day. Males would generally experience a loss of 0.5 to 1 kg in a week eating around 7000 kJ (1700 Cal) per day.
Edenvale alcohol removed wines are produced using the most sophisticated and efficient methods of alcohol extraction, including the use of the Spinning Cone Column that has been modified for the production of Edenvale.
The Spinning Cone Column removes the alcohol from the base wine through a process of distillation, while being careful to protect the delicate aromas. The wine is refined, purified and then goes through a blending process to return volume and sweetness. This is achieved by adding a small amount of grape concentrate (6%).
The overriding philosophy for the production of the Edenvale range is that the beverage starts as a naturally fermented wine and that only varietal grape juice must be used. Under the general principles of winemaking, and adhering to the AWBC (Australian wine and branding corporation) standards, water cannot be added to wine and we apply the same winemaking principal in the production of Edenvale. The use of selected wine and special extraction of alcohol guarantees the highest quality of products.
1. Finished wine is fed into the top of the Spinning Cone Column;
2. Rotating cones use centrifugal force to transform the wine into a thin film;
3. Under vacuum and at low temperatures, typically less than 30oC, steam that has been produced from wine is fed into the bottom of the column. When it comes into contact with the film, it extracts the wine’s delicate aromas and flavours and protects them from oxidization;
4. The remaining liquid is passed through the column again, at a temperature of approximately 35-40oC to remove the alcohol;
5. The flavour and aroma essences are recombined with the de-alcoholized wine and blended with unfermented varietal grape juice (to replace lost volume), creating a wine with less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
The average finished alcohol level of the Edenvale range is approximately 0.2-0.3% Alcohol/Volume. It is virtually impossible to remove 100% of the alcohol from a fermented beverage. Delicate alcohol extraction technology is used to ensure varietal definition and flavours are retained in the finished product so consumers can still enjoy a sophisticated beverage without the effect of alcohol.
Edenvale Alcohol Removed wines contain less alcohol than most freshly squeezed orange juices. The International Standard for a non intoxicating beverage is 0.5% Alc/Vol (of which Edenvale is nearly half). Below this level the regulatory body, Food Standards of Australia and New Zealand, do not require producers to include any statement of Alcohol content.
We also have Fronti, which is a sparkling grape juice – available in both Red and White grape varieties. These are available from IGA and Woolworths.
We of course recommend if you have any concerns about the trace amounts of alcohol to seek a doctor’s advice before purchasing Edenvale.
We source the grapes used in the production of Edenvale from select vineyards across South Eastern Australia. Our winemaking team strives to select optimum parcels of fruit that display strong varietal definition.
This depends on what the medical condition is. There are minimum levels of the standard preservatives used in winemaking and the residual sugar content should be checked if this is an issue with your diet. Any significant concerns should be checked with your local medical practitioner or doctor.
Edenvale has at least the same levels of antioxidants as full alcoholic wine and there is evidence from the Australian National Measurements Institute to suggest the levels are even higher. This is possibly due to the concentration of the wine when the alcohol is removed.
Other research suggests the antioxidants last longer in the blood plasma without the presence of alcohol.
Edenvale wines do not contain egg or fish; however milk products are used during the filtration process of the wine (casein).