Wines for Pizza

pizza and wine


The traditional way of pairing pizza and beer dates back to the ancient Egyptians. The practice of combining water and cereals. It goes without saying that this is not the beer as we know it today,  the same way as the Romans adapted and used pita bread as a crust for pizza.

Today beside beer, wine always been great compliment for pizza lovers.


Barbera, Chianti, Zinfandel

Mushroom toppings

Earty and spicy wines like Pinot Noir and Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Meat Toppings (pepperoni, sausage)

Fruity and spicy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, savory and spicy Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon

Vegetable toppings

Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc

Chicken toppings

Pinot Noir or Sangiovese

White Pizza (cheese toppings only)

Nero d’Avola , dry sparkling wine


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  • fairydust007 January 2, 2014, 11:43 am

    I have never been a beer drinker. The smell alone makes me nauseous. Pizza is an Italian food. Italian food is always better when paired with a good wine. I really like to eat my pizza along with a nice glass of Lambrusco.

  • BuzzedAldrin May 18, 2015, 11:43 am

    In my experience, if you’re drinking wine with pizza it is because you stopped at Domino’s on the way home and you had most of a box of wine left from your last Tour de Franzia – but I digress.

    These are all fine suggestions for wines, but a tawny port is a fine wine to pair with the heavier pizzas. It has a dark, rich taste of its own that sharply contrasts the cheese and tomato bases of most pizzas, and serves (in my mind, at least) as a refreshing palette cleanse between each bite and each sip. A sweet sherry would complement a supreme style pizza as well.

    I know port and sherry are stronger than most wines, but I think pizza deserves an untraditional pairing seeing as it’s a food that contrasts its own traditional history with modern, untraditional tastes.

  • Tipes August 16, 2015, 12:23 am

    Thank god! When I first started reading and saw beer I was a little sad because I absolutely hate beer! I would much prefer a good glass of wine over beer any day. I’m very glad that Sangiovese was on the list. Its my favorite and I am a meat lover! Double bonus for me! -Thanks this list helped me a lot. 🙂

  • mallibeaux September 1, 2015, 2:23 am

    Thanks for the great post! My boyfriend and I are making a pizza from scratch tonight, and I was thrilled to find your blog. We’re excited to pair our margarita pizza with some new wine and discover the different flavors that are brought out. I’ll have to bookmark this post for when we go out for pizza. (Which I must admit, is very, very often!)

  • Carl Hose September 18, 2015, 9:53 pm

    Thanks for this. I am a wine fan and a huge pizza fan, but I never really think of having wine with my pizza. I’ve always had a nice, crisp beer. When you think about it, wine and pizza are natural partners. This post has opened my eyes, and the only real problem I have now is deciding where to start. I’m hungry and thirsty.

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