Importance of Wine Temperature

I m p o r t a n c e o f W i n e T e m p e r a t u r e

Picture this- a warm summer evening, a table set with glasses of wine, and anticipation for that first sip. But wait, have you considered the temperature of your wine? Wine temperature plays a crucial role in enhancing its flavours, aromas, and overall enjoyment. Let’s dive into the world of wine temperature and uncover why it matters.

-White Wine-

White wines are typically best served chilled, as cooler temperatures accentuate their crispness and acidity. A temperature range of 7-13°C is ideal for most white wines. Here at Altair Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino are just two examples of white wines that shine when served cool. However, take care not to over-chill delicate white wines, as excessively cold temperatures can mask their nuanced aromas and flavours.

-Red Wine-

Contrary to popular belief, not all red wines should be served at room temperature. Serving red wine too warm can emphasize alcohol and mute delicate flavours. A slightly cooler temperature, around 15-18°C, allows red wines to showcase their complexity while maintaining balance. Lighter reds like our Sangiovese benefit from a slight chill, while full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec thrive at the higher end of the temperature spectrum.


Rosé wines, known for their refreshing and fruit-forward characteristics, are best enjoyed chilled. Here at Altair Estate, we aim for a temperature range of 9-13°C to highlight the vibrant acidity and delicate aromas. Whether it’s a delicate-style Rosé or a textured and savoury Altair Estate, serving it chilled will enhance your tasting experience.

If you cannot invest in a wine thermometer to ensure precise temperature control, err on the side of serving wine slightly cooler rather than too warm. Avoid drastic temperature fluctuations, as they can shock the wine and alter its flavours. Allow red wines to warm up slightly in the glass if served too cool, or chill white wines briefly if served too warm.

Next time you reach for a bottle of wine, take a moment to consider its optimal serving temperature. By paying attention to this often-overlooked detail, you’ll unlock a world of enhanced aromas, flavours, and enjoyment. Whether it’s a crisp Vermentino on a sunny afternoon or a robust Malbec by the fireplace, the perfect temperature will elevate your wine experience to new heights.

Cheers to the art of temperature and the pleasure it brings to every sip.


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