The Lautus Savvy White is a "healthy" white win - pic supplied

Why would anyone want wine without alcohol? 

Think Dry January, OcSober, designated drivers, book club without the hangover, moms-to-be and a more healthy lifestyle.

Meet Lautus Savvy White – South Africa’s very first de-alcoholised wine, crafted like no other and with a single goal in mind: to deliver the best of the grape in the healthiest possible way.

This wine has only 52 kilojoules per 100 ml and it contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume – the same traces you will find in a two-day-old orange juice in your fridge.
 
Its name reflects the winemaker’s intent: Lautus is Latin for pure, elegant and sumptuous. It’s everything you want to be this summer season.
 
Lautus Savvy White is ideal for mums, pregnant women, health nuts, designated drivers and weight-watchers too. Now you can let rip at “book club” without the morning after. No more sticking out at cocktail parties, either. No more party-pooper.
 
You might think low alcohol means low flavour, but you’d be wrong. 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.
 
The wine is so good, it’s made for Woolworths. “It has been a long wait for a South African de-alcoholised wine that is great to drink,” says Cape Wine Master Allan Mullins, wine selector for the respected retailer. “Woolworths are proud to be associated with Lautus Savvy White. The feedback has been amazing, particularly from drivers and pregnant women.”
 
How it’s made

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 www.drinklautus.com 

It retails for R59.95 a bottle.