NJ’s First Canned Wine Debuts, Just in Time for Summer

Picking up on a national trend, William Heritage Winery calls its canned dry rosé "a beachgoer's dream come true."

Photo by Shelby Vittek.

If you haven’t tried canned wine yet, chances are you will soon.

At one point, the only canned wines on the market were the mini red cans of sparkling Sofia Blanc de Blancs, produced by Francis Ford Coppola Winery in California. But over the last few years, the category of canned wine has exploded, following a tremendous growth in canned craft beer. According to Nielsen, total U.S. sales for canned wine jumped to $32.3 million last year from $3.3 million in 2014. Now new brands are flooding the market.

One New Jersey winery is finally hopping on board: William Heritage Winery in Mullica Hill. The same 2017 William Heritage Dry Rosé available in a bottle is now available in can.

“I’ve personally been eager to can some wine for well over a year,” says William Heritage Winery winemaker Sean Comninos. “The logical first step for me was a rosé. It seemed like a beachgoer’s dream come true.”

Canned wines are portable and easy to chill, convenient for the places where glass bottles are off limits—while camping, picnicking, or for a beach day. The wine inside is delightful, too. A blend of merlot, syrah, and cabernet franc, the rosé is light and bright with notes of fresh strawberries and grapefruit. And no, it doesn’t have a metallic taste from being stored in a can.

The canned rosé will be released at the winery’s 2018 Spring Wine & Cheese event, taking place this weekend, May 12-13. Cans cost $8 each, and are available to purchase in 4-packs. Each can is 375 mL, the equivalent of half a bottle or 2 glasses of wine. The canned wine production is limited, so jump on the opportunity to get one while you can.

“I myself may have a hard time acquiring a 4-pack,” says Comninos. “I think it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing more cans in our lineup in years to come.”

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