Best Pizza and Wine Pairings

May 25, 2023Millie Ward

There might be nothing quite as comforting as a hearty meal of pizza and wine, especially when it’s perfectly paired!

When it comes to enhancing the pizza experience and the overall customer experience, offering delicious pizza and wine pairings is a simple, but effective way to ensure a positive and satisfying result for your customers. Pairing pizza with the right wine can easily elevate your diner’s experience and transform the perceived quality of your venue to new heights.

To celebrate National Wine Day this May 25th, we’ve whipped up some of our favourite pizza and wine pairings that will leave your customers impressed and coming back for more…

Pizza and Wine Pairing - Veggie Pizza and White Wine


Top 5 Pizza and Wine Pairings

1. Pepperoni - Pair with Bold Reds

Flavourful, bold reds make the perfect pair with salty pepperoni pizza. Oaky red wines with high levels of tannins are great for balancing out the strong, oily flavours found in pepperoni - creating a match made in heaven

Pepperoni - Wine Examples:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel 

Pizza and Wine Pairing - Pepperoni and Red Wine


2. Margherita - Pair with Classic, Medium-Bodied Reds

This traditional pizza calls for a wine that’s just as classic as the Margherita, and medium-bodied reds make a great wine pairing here. Look for sweet, fruity flavours and/or earthiness in your chosen red as this will complement the simplicity of the Margherita Pizza perfectly. 

Margherita - Wine Examples:
Chianti, Pinot Noir

Pizza and Wine Pairing - Margherita and Red Wine


3. Pizza Bianca (or White Pizza) - Pair with Sparkling White or Rosé

A nice change from the traditional red-sauce-based pizzas is the Pizza Bianca or White Pizza, which is traditionally made with a creamy garlic sauce and topped with a variety of cheeses and herbs

Similar to the Pepperoni wine pairing, the crispness and fruitiness of sparkling whites and rosés helps cut through the richness of the mozzarella and complements the garlic-herb flavours perfectly.

Pizza Bianca - Wine Examples:
Prosecco, Sparkling Rosé

4. Veggie Pizza - Pair with Crisp Whites

Veggie-loaded pizzas are best paired with chilled, crisp whites that offer a refreshing taste to perfectly complement a range of vegetables (especially mushrooms, capsicums and olives). 

Fresh, sweet white wines like a Sauvignon Blanc provide a delectable contrast, cutting through the rich vegetables and mozzarella and enhancing the entire pizza experience

Veggie Pizza - Wine Examples:
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco


Pizza and Wine Pairing - Veggie Pizza and White Wine

5. Sweet Dessert Pizza - Pair with Rich Reds

When it comes to indulgent dessert pizzas, our go-to is almost always chocolate and strawberries, and classic, rich reds complement this combo perfectly. Dessert wines like Port enhance the sweetness and richness of the chocolate-strawberry combination, making a pizza and wine pairing that is irresistible

Dessert Pizza - Wine Examples:
Port, Zinfandel

Pizza and Wine Pairing - Dessert Pizza and Red Wine

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