Best Wine to have with Pizza

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Not only can you make it at home with simple ingredients, but pizza also pairs well with a variety of wines. But, what is the best wine for pizza?

Price for pizza wine?

If you love pizza and wine, but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on either, then you have come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of wines that pair perfectly with your favorite pizza recipes. These are all under $20 a bottle, so they won’t break the bank.

What are the options?

Even though tomato sauce is acidic and can clash with certain wines, there are many different types of pizzas that can be paired with any type of beverage. Below we’ll go over some basic tips for pairing wine with your favorite pizza varieties. We’ve included some of our favorite wines in each category and we’ll be adding more as we discover them.

First, try different wines with different styles of pizza.

If you want something light and crisp, go with a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot grigio. If you want something fruity and sweet, try a Riesling. And if you want something rich and full-bodied, try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Second, consider what kind of toppings are on your pizza.

Some wines stand up well to sweeter toppings like caramelized onions or pineapple while others will get lost in the sauce of heavier ingredients like meatballs or sausage. To make sure your wine doesn’t get lost in the sauce (or drown out some of those flavors), try serving red wine with red sauce pizzas and white wine with white sauce pizzas (and vice versa).

The best wine for pizza is one that complements the toppings and brightens flavors which can be overwhelmed by the acidity of tomato sauce. Lighter red wines and sparkling wines tend to pair well with most types of pizza.

You can pair a light-bodied, fruity wine with any variety of pizza. Some specific varieties to try are Pinot noir and Gamay, both from France’s Burgundy region.

Wine for meaty Pizza?

Gamay has an earthy flavor profile with notes of strawberry and raspberry that makes it ideal for pairing with spicy or meat-heavy pizzas like pepperoni or sausage (though you may want to stray from pairing this one with anchovies).

Pinot noir has similar earthy flavors but also adds cherry notes that complement tomato sauce nicely without being overpowering; think about trying this one when you make your marinara at home!

If you’re not ready for such commitment yet, but still want something more complex than red table wine—and less expensive than champagne—you might consider Sauvignon Blanc instead since it offers similar refreshing flavors while keeping its alcohol content at around 13% ABV rather than bubbly’s 15%.

Wine for Margherita pizza?

If you’re looking for the best wine to pair with your Margherita, it’s a good idea to start with a light-bodied and fruity wine. A crisp white or rosé will do well, as will an aromatic red. With all of the varieties of pizza out there, these three types should complement each one.

The reason I suggest fruity wines is because they are usually lower in tannin than more full-bodied options like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir (or even Syrah). These wines have low levels of acidity compared to other types—which means that they won’t clash against your pizza toppings in quite the same way that a robust red might.

A light-bodied, fruity wine complements any variety of pizza. When it comes to pairing wine with food, the goal is to find a wine that enhances the flavors of the dish and does not overpower them with its own characteristics.

This can be accomplished by choosing wines with similar characteristics to those found in your favorite foods or ingredients (e.g., sweet fruit notes).

Red wines that have tart cranberry flavors and pinot noirs from cool climates would pair well with a Margherita pizza topped with fresh mozzarella cheese while a Chardonnay would complement spicy pepperoni pizzas or barbecue chicken pizzas better than an oaky Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s also important to consider what type of crust your favorite pizzeria uses when choosing which bottle will be paired best!

Which red wine is best?

Want a good glass of red with your pizza? Try the following;

  • Barbera d’Asti
  • Chianti
  • Lambrusco
  • Nebbiolo
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

These wines will be great with your pizza, and they’re all available for under $20.

If you’re eating a meaty, cheesy pizza, go for a California red wine.
Try Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon if you’re having meatier toppings on your pizza like pepperoni or sausage.

White wine pairing with pizza?

A white wine pairs well with the olives, cheese, and spice on a Mediterranean pizza. More often though, a glass of red or white wine is a good accompaniment to most pizzas. Red wines are generally a better pairing with pizza than white wines, but each type of pizza has its own best match.

Some tried & tested pairing options for your pizza

  • Cheese pizza and sparkling wine
  • Champagne with a ham and cheese pizza.
  • Sauvignon blanc for veggies and pineapple on your pizza.
  • Chardonnay for an herb-heavy pizza. Also a great pairing with Risotto (read our recommendations here)
  • Pinot noir for a pie of prosciutto, fennel sausage, and olives.
  • Barbera d’Asti or Dolcetto if you have a mushroom-topped pizza.
  • Zinfandel if you have pepperoni on your pie.
  • Brunello di Montalcino or Barolo if you’re eating artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and arugula on your pizza.
  • Cabernet franc or a Shiraz if you’re having meatballs on your pizza tonight.

There are endless ways to pair wine with pizza.

Best Wine for Pizza ( $20 or less)

We’ve put together a selection of three wines that pair well with pizza, all priced under $20.

  1. Côtes du Rhône (AOC) – $12

This red wine is full-bodied, with flavors of cherry, spice, and berry. It’s perfect for pairing with any kind of tomato sauce or even pesto!

  1. Chianti Classico Riserva – $15

This full-bodied dry red wine has aromas of blackberry, plum, and chocolate. It’s a great choice for those who prefer their wines to be bolder in flavor and texture!

  1. Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro – $18

This sparkling red wine has berry flavors and smells like cherries on the nose. It’s best served chilled but can be enjoyed at room temperature if you prefer it that way.

Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it has to taste cheap. Try the pairing recommendations above, they are all good affordable options you can trust.


Don’t be afraid to get creative with your pizzas and pair them with different wines. Reds are usually better but it does depend on what you are pairing it with. If you are looking for a more affordable option, look no further than the wines listed above. They are all high quality and won’t break the bank.

If you are looking for a great pizza dough recipe to make your own at home, I recommend this one.

You might also want to check out our post on best wine for beginners here.