Does Wine Freeze? Here’s What You Should Know

published Nov 22, 2023
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We’ve all been there—staring down a bottle of wine that we’re not going to finish and wondering, what, exactly, is the best use of the remaining wine? Turns out, the best answer may be the simplest one: Freeze the wine to use later. But wait, does wine freeze? It sure does. Let’s take a look at how and why to freeze wine.

Quick Overview

Does Wine Freeze?

Yes, depending on the alcohol content, wine will freeze under the right conditions. Whether or not you should freeze wine, however, is a different story. Freezing wine in the bottle can potentially lead to the bottle cracking, since the wine will expand when it freezes. Also, though okay to drink, freezing wine can alter its taste once it’s defrosted.

Can You Freeze Leftover Wine?

Whereas water freezes at 32°F, wine freezes between 15 to 25°F, depending on the alcohol content. The higher the ABV, the lower the freezing temperature. Typically, white wine has a higher freezing point than red wine. Wine with a higher sugar content, like dessert wines, freeze at an even lower temperature. You can freeze sparkling wines, but they will lose their carbonation.

How Long Does it Take To Freeze Wine?

It takes about 5 to 6 hours to freeze wine. To speed up the process, pour wine into ice cube trays before freezing.

What Should You Do If You Accidentally Freeze Wine?

Let’s say you forgot to chill a bottle of wine, so you popped it in the freezer. Then you realize several hours later that you’ve forgotten to get it out, and the wine is partially or fully frozen. The good news is that the wine is still perfectly safe to drink. There may be some differences in the overall taste, but as you still like it, that’s all that really matters.

When Should You Freeze Wine?

There are some times when it’s a good idea to freeze wine. If you have a bit of wine left in the bottle, pour it into ice cube trays to use for cooking. You can also freeze wine for making frozen cocktails, like sangria or this watermelon mint frosé.

What’s The Best Way to Freeze Wine

It’s not wise to freeze wine in the bottle because liquids expand as they freeze, which could result in popping the cork or, worse, exploding the bottle in your freezer. That’s a mess no one wants. Instead, use ice cube trays or other freezer-safe containers to freeze wine safely.