Seasonal inspiration

Wines to drink in autumn

15 Apr, 2021

This season brings new cravings, with our wine preferences leaning towards more textural, weighty styles. Here are 25 bottles ideal for autumn.

Autumn is all about transition. Change is invigorating, and the “in-between” nature of this season will see you drinking a whole spectrum of exciting wines. It might even be an excellent time to try something new. While autumn’s crisp, sunny days will call for textural whites and bright reds, its cosier sweater weather will entice warmer, spicier wines. To get you thinking about what to stock the fridge with this season, we’ve curated an eclectic mix of top-rated bottles ahead.

Wine grapes on the vine in autumn

Red wines for autumn

The lighter, brighter reds you might have enjoyed from the barbecue ice bucket over summer are still relevant now, however, autumn will see them served at warmer temperatures and with richer ingredients. Think spiced duck breast with pinot or eggplant lasagne with cabernet franc. You’ll also want to bring a bit of body and spice into play, with styles such as Spanish and Italian reds working well with autumn flavours (and to warm you up, too).

White wines for autumn

Flavoursome, medium-bodied whites with texture are great at the table, particularly with classic comfort foods like roast chicken served with baked potatoes or a cheesy autumnal traybake. From an aromatic gewurztraminer to an unctuous viognier, these styles of whites will pair well with all sorts of autumn produce. And for those creamy, salty dishes, look to types with zippy acidity and even a little sweetness to cleanse and balance the palate.

Pink wines for autumn

Rosé is the ultimate transeasonal wine, offering the refreshment of a white and the phenolics of a red. It’s a great all-rounder to have on hand for fine days and cool nights, matching to an array of cuisines and occasions. You could even look to bubbly styles for picnics among the leaves.

Orange wines for autumn

All the herbs and spices of autumn cooking will work perfectly with an orange wine. They’ll also match the season’s fiery palette, with skin-contact whites having hues ranging from gold to amber and copper. Common varieties used to make skin-contact whites are pinot gris/grigio, thanks to this grape’s striking colours, and highly aromatic types like chenin blanc.

Sweet wines for autumn

Think of autumn, and some of the most visceral images that come to mind are of orchard fruits in bubbling crumbles, tempting tarts and pies. Given the plump figs, plums, quinces, and apples of this season, it would be remiss not to include some dessert-appropriate wines. Try these.