10 Great Wines for your BBQ

We all know that the Australian summer is just begging to be enjoyed with a chilled glass of wine. And what better way to relax during the warmest season of the year then at a backyard BBQ sipping on a classic summer wine with friends and family.

If you’re looking for a few tips and inspiration on how to complete your next Summer BBQ, you’ve come to the right place.

Whatever you’re throwing on the grill this summer, there is nothing quite like a refreshing glass of wine to accompany a classic barbeque spread. A great food and wine pairing can really elevate the occasion and it’s important to think about the flavours in the food that you will be serving.

How to match wines with your BBQ

If you’re cooking something that is big and bold in flavour, you want to marry that with a juicy red. If seafood or spice is more your thing, an off-dry white or dry Rosé would match perfectly as the acidity will balance the flavours and counter the spiciness.

These are some great BBQ-friendly wine styles that you can’t go wrong with this summer, and they include:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Malbec
  • Dry Rosé
  • Tempranillo
Why Try Rosé at Your BBQ

Not all Rosé wines come from the same grape – in fact, Rosé wine can be made from the same grapes that your favourite reds are from. The colour of the wine may give it away, but the profile should sit somewhere in between a light white and heavier red, perfect for BBQ grilled chicken and seafood.


Best White Wines for a BBQ

A lightly oaked Chardonnay works well with grilled chicken as the ripe fruits highlight the subtle and gentle flavours of the meat. Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing and crisp white and is a great accompaniment for grilled vegetables, chicken, and seafood. The acidity cuts through the meaty, fatty flavours and cleanses your mouth to make those second helpings even more worthwhile.

Best Reds Wines for your backyard BBQ

Full-bodied reds pair best with bold flavours, making it to the perfect match with grilled pork or grilled burger patties. Whereas the lighter style reds complement BBQ chicken whilst also standing out against bolder flavours like pork and beef.

  • Malbec and Shiraz – Pair with steak
  • Pinot Noir – Pair with burgers
  • Tempranillo – Pair with sausages
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Pair with lamb
Zero Alcohol Wines

This Summer, it’s important to remember the Zero Heroes. If you’re hosting a summer party and you don’t want your non-drinking friends to feel left out, then look no further with the McGuigan Zero range – free from alcohol and full in flavour.

Whether you’re a designated driver or taking a break from drinking, the McGuigan Zero range has five classic wines to choose from including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sparkling. Be a good host and pick a bottle for your Zero Heroes this summer!


Here are our best 10 Summer Party wines:

McGuigan Single Batch Project Rosé (2018)
This fresh and crisp Dry Rosé embodies intense flavours of fresh strawberries and cream with hints of citrus fruits, reflective of its aromatics. This wine has a clean, crisp finish. This wine pairs perfectly with a range of dishes including light salads, pasta, seafood dishes and goats’ cheese.

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McGuigan Single Batch Project Pinot Noir (2019)
Light ruby red in colour with purple hues, the nose is filled with aromas of fresh strawberries and hints of spice. On the palate, typical red berries and cherry combine with judicious oak integration, the firm acidity and soft tannins rounding out a balanced and long-lasting finish.  This wine is a perfect accompaniment to salmon, roast chicken or duck and other game birds.


McGuigan Single Batch Project Sauvignon Blanc (2020)
This wine displays aromas of rich gooseberry and citrus with subtle grassy notes. A medium bodied but full flavoured Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits superb varietal intensity, a firm acid back bone, while finishing soft with a splendid length of flavour. The clean, crisp characters of Sauvignon Blanc make it a perfect as an aperitif or accompaniment to lighter style dishes including salads, seafood, and fresh pasta.


McGuigan Black Label Tempranillo (2019)
Our Black Label Tempranillo is crimson red in colour with ruby hues. With aromas of strawberry and raspberry on the nose, the palate delivers upfront red berry fruits, with toasty oak undertones leading to a savoury finish. This wine is perfectly paired with food, including a hearty paella or lamb shanks.


McGuigan Black Label Malbec (2018)
Our Black Label Malbec is an elegant and soft wine, with spiced fruit characters, generous weight and good length of flavour. Deep cherry red in colour, layers of chocolate, plum and blueberries combine producing a lingering sweet finish. The perfect accompaniment to meat dishes including beef wellington and lamb cutlets.

McGuigan Zero Sparkling (NV)

Elegant and refreshing, featuring crisp pear and green apple, lively bubbles and an attractive crisp finish, our McGuigan Zero Sparkling is the perfect option if your not drinking. Ideal when celebrating any occasion or enjoy as an aperitif.


McGuigan Cellar Select Summer Shiraz (2018)

A favourite from our Cellar Door, our Summer Shiraz is a juicy mix of red and black fruits, with upfront aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry leading to a velvety raisin sweet finish. A medium-bodied wine, this is perfect with a range of meat dishes, or chilled as an aperitif as the first drink of the night.

McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon (2019)

Our Bin 9000 Semillon is one of our most awarded McGuigan Wines and a Hunter Valley icon. A light wine when young with a clean fresh finish, it takes on a golden colour after some bottle ageing and develops delicious honey and toast characters. Perfect with barbequed seafood, shellfish or a generous cheese platter.

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McGuigan Shortlist Shiraz (2018)

A staff favourite, our Barossa Valley Shortlist Shiraz is a well-structured, full-bodied wine typical of the great Barossa region. Deeply colour, the palate has flavours of plum and mulberry. Delicious now, but has the capacity to age beautifully over the next few years if carefully cellared. This big, bold shiraz is perfect with steak or juicy beef burgers.


McGuigan Cellar Select Chardonnay (2018)

Sourced from the Moppity Vineyard located near the town of Tumbarumba in NSW, this wine is a lighter style Chardonnay with a fresh, crisp finish, making it perfect for summer afternoons. With aromas of nettle and gooseberry, the palate has notes of citrus fruits, as well as coffee and coconut from the time spent on oak. Perfect with a range of dishes including pasta salad, barbequed chicken skewers or oysters if you’re feeling a little fancy. Buy now, direct from our cellar door!