The best wines to drink with pork

To make a perfect pork dish even better, pair it with a moreish glass of red or white wine. Here's our expert guide to matching wines with pork roasts and more.

Glass of red wine on a dinner table

Wine expert Henry Jeffreys works with the BBC Good Food team to collate our exclusive BBC Good Food Wine Club cases. Read about the flavour profiles of various bottles, and get some inspiration for pairing wines with your pork dishes.

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Wine pairing at a glance

Young rioja food pairing: Pulled pork 
Loire cabernet franc food pairing: Pork pie
German riesling food pairing: Pork belly
Beaujolais food pairing: Sausages
Australian granache food pairing: Gammon

How to match wine with pork

Best wine to serve with pork belly – German riesling (white)

Pork belly in roasting tray

Pork belly is a very fatty dish so you want a wine with lots of acidity to keep your mouth nice a fresh. A dry German riesling has this in spades, with intense peachy fruit that can stand up to the strong flavour of belly pork. 

Serve German riesling with crispy roast pork belly


Best wine to serve with pulled pork – Young rioja (red)

BBQ pulled pork on background
An unctuous, smoky pork dish like pulled pork needs a wine with plenty of freshness to cut through the fat. A young rioja, with its strawberry fruit flavours, light tannins and vanilla finish, fits the bill perfectly. 

Serve young rioja with BBQ pulled pork


Best wine to serve with pork pie – loire cabernet franc (red)

Raised pork pie
If you’re looking for a picnic wine, a loire cabernet franc is a red that can be chilled. Its light body, slight acidity and refreshing finish pair brilliantly with the fattiness of pork pie. 

Serve loire cabernet franc with raised pork pie

 

Best wine to serve with sausages – beaujolais (red)

Sausages in red wine gravy
Sausages are a fun, uncomplicated dish, so you want similar qualities in the wine you serve with it. This is why beaujolais works so well, plus it can handle some serious seasoning in your sausages. 

Serve beaujolais with sausages with sticky onion gravy


Best wine to serve with gammon – Australian granache blend (red)

Glazed gammon studded with cloves

The sweet fruit in the granache – a wine from which you can expect ripe raspberry and white pepper flavours – is a match made in heaven with the saltiness of the gammon – it almost functions like a relish. 

Serve Australian grenache blend with membrillo glazed gammon

 

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