Riot Rouge wine in a can launches

February 22, 2019
By Alana House

Riot Wine Co has launched its latest wine in a can, Riot Rouge, a single vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache.

Riot Rouge joins the other three varieties already available in the 250mL can range, including Riot Blanc (2017 Sauvignon Blanc), Riot Rose (2017 Grenache Sangiovese) and Riot Cuvee (2017 Sparkling Chardonnay. With 12.5% alcohol in the white, rosé and sparkling and 14% in the red, each can is approximately 2.5 standard drinks.

Co-founder and Riot Wine Co winemaker, Tommy O’Donnell started producing wine in stainless steel kegs at Riot, before introducing wine in a can in March 2017. With a strong ethos around sustainability, Riot wines are made using minimal artificial additives and intervention resulting in a fresher, cleaner, easier and better product.

By using stainless steel kegs and aluminium cans, the wine is not negatively affected by light or oxygen, reducing the need for preservatives and limiting wastage.

“The cans are sealed in an anaerobic environment, where no UV sees the wine until it is poured into a glass,” O’Donnell said. “This means the wine stays at maximum freshness and only a third of the amount of sulphur dioxide is used, compared to a bottled wine.

“The added advantage of wine in a can is its portability. It is now even easier to enjoy quality wine in any location whether it’s a festival, picnic or on a boat – without the hassle of lugging glassware.”

The US sells around $15million worth of wine in a can per year, while the UK market is experiencing 38% growth at the moment, and Australia is quickly catching on, with sales growing exponentially over the past year. 

Riot wine cans are available in selected independent retailers nationally and online through The Dan Murphy’s Connections and with an RRP of $24.99 for a four-pack or $84.99 for a case of 12 cans.

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