Light-Bodied, Fruity, Lively Red Wines

Fruity, lively red wines are the lifeblood of the light-bodied red wine category. These are red wines that manage to give you refreshment and satisfaction whatever the weather. Wines that lift the spirit, make you forget your woes and celebrate the fact that red can indeed taste as fruity and fun as white wines.

You've some exciting red wines to choose from in the light-bodied red wine section, from phenomenal Pinot Noir to quirkier varieties from Italy, South Africa, Spain, and more. What's more, these are wines that'll happily take to a quick 20-30 minutes in the fridge on warmer days, giving you a taste sensation that you wouldn't have thought possible from a glass of red wine. But that's why we call this style light-bodied, fruity, lively red wines.

Top 7 Light-Bodied Red Wines by Grape Variety

Pinot Noir: the star of the fruity, lively red wine spectrum. Can be expensive (it's not called the 'heartbreak grape' for nothing), but doesn't have to be.

Gamay: the grape that makes Beaujolais loved around the world. The region's 10 crus will have you spellbound by their delicate, lip-smacking characters.

Cabernet Franc: with its stronghold in the Loire Valley, these are red wines that have an enticing aroma of strawberries and blackcurrant leaf, with a liveliness that's frankly surprising.

Mencía: little-known Spanish red wine variety that's making waves with the quality of its wines. Worth seeking out - you'll gain brownie points for being ahead of the pack too.

Barbera: terrific Italian variety from way up north, where the Alps begin to rise. The locals knock back more of this than the more famous Nebbiolo, thanks to its intense fruitiness and appealing ripe fruit flavours.

Corvina: another northern Italian wine standout, this one is the mainstay of Valpolicella. Cherries all the way, and downright delicious too. Careful though, ripasso-style versions leap into full-bodied territory.

Pinotage: South Africa's very own invention, this grape variety makes wines of moreish, light-bodied character at the sub-£10 mark. Upwards from there, and it's oak and ripeness that pair up to produce chunkier styles of red wine.

There are other grape varieties that'll give you a deliciously fruity, light-bodied red wine. Take a simple young Rioja for example. That won't have spent much time, if any, in oak barrels, just giving you pure raspberryish fruit flavours. Or some of Italy's store of terrific native grape varieties - Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Dolcetto, Lambrusco. If the wine's priced around the £7-8 mark (let alone lower, as you'll find in some supermarkets), then it won't have had much attention lavished on it in the winery. And, that makes for a lighter-bodied fruity red wine.

What do we mean by 'light-bodied' red wines?

It's down to those tannins, the things found in grape skins and grapes that give the sensation, once you take a slurp, of a depth of flavour. Keeping them in check is key to making a fruity, lively red wine that effortlessly gives you enjoyment without feeling the need to tuck into food at the same time.

Those grapes we've listed above have big berries and thin skins, so they're off to a flying start where keeping tannins low is concerned. Often light-bodied wines come from cooler climates too, so they're not super-ripe, but it takes longer to get to the point where they're harvested. That gives oodles of time to develop subtleties of flavour. Finally, there's a hands-off approach in the winery, letting the grapes turn into a very naturally-flavoured wine, generally avoiding oak (although a 'kiss of oak' works a dream with Pinot Noir).

6 of the Best Light-Bodied, Fruity, Lively Red Wines

Claude-Michel Pichon Cabernet Franc: simply scrumptious, this Loire red wine will have you wondering where it's been all your wine-drinking life.

Cuatro Pasos Mencia: take a walk on the wild side with this Spanish light-bodied red wine from the remote Bierzo region.

Paxis Always on Friday Pinot Noir: familiar grape, not so familar source. Here Portugal shows it can give you a Pinot worth enjoying - on any day of the week.

Torre del Falasco Corvina: suave red wine that's fruitier and livelier than an Italian waiter. Lush cherry flavours from the north of the country.

Klippenkop Pinotage: South Africa gave the world Pinotage, and its light-bodied charms are as welcome around a summer barbecue as they are a winter's fire.

Jean Loron Château de Fleurie: gorgeous Gamay reigns supreme in Burgundy's best-value region, Beaujolais. Fleurie takes light-bodied red wine to seductive new heights.
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