Would you have ever said that the wine obtained from traditional processing is not a 100% cruelty free product? Difficult to notice, but there are some derivatives of animal origin that are commonly used in the production of wine and that make it a drink not suitable for consumption by vegans. This is the case, for example, of adjuvants for clarification, that is, substances through which food liquids can pass, such as wine, to make them clear and pure: among these are the egg albumin, casein and caseinates, bone glue, isinglass, gelatine.
Production of vegan wine: vegetable proteins replace animal ones
Substances, these, to which a vegan consumer is forced to give up. How to remedy their absence? Simple: just as you usually do in the kitchen, ie folding on alternatives of plant origin, such as minerals such as clay, kaolin, bentonite, or vegetable charcoal and some wheat and pea derivatives. And the results are excellent: a recent survey conducted in teams by the University of Milan and Naples has established that the adjuvants for the clarification of wine of plant origin provide the same performance as those of animal origin.
But the “risks” for those who follow a vegan diet do not end there, as even some dyes are of animal origin. This is the case of the E120, used to reinvigorate the color of some red wines.
Certifications for vegan wine
If the presence of dyes is indicated on the labels, the same is not true for clarifying agents, nor for the productions that require the use of animals in the fields during processing, another element not compatible with the vegan philosophy. This is why more than one organization has worked to introduce certifications that guarantee the exclusion of all forms of animal exploitation, from the use of animal adjuvants in the processing of wine, to the materials and glues used for packaging, up to to manufacturing auxiliaries, i.e. additives added to the paper mixture to improve its performance. Among the newborn brands, two examples are the Bio Vegan certification of the Bologna Acea (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification) and the Vegan® Vegetarian Quality certification, promoted by the Avi, the Italian Vegetarian Association, and by the Csqa Certifications. On the other hand, for wine-producing companies that for economic or bureaucratic reasons do not want to be certified but still want to respect the cruelty free rules, there is an alternative: to indicate the words “European Regulation 1169/11, art. 36 (b) “on the label.
Ruby red color with purple reflections; intense and complex bouquet in which fruity notes referable to plum and jam stand out and spicy tertiary hints that recall vanilla and licorice; intense on the palate, with great structure and softness, long finish.
Expressive and complex aromas of white pear, peach and lemon zest combine with floral hints. Delightful and refreshing on the palate it is rich and harmonious with a spicy, mouthwatering finish with a delicious flinty, mineral character.
An elegant Viognier with hints of nectarine, ginger and honeysuckle. Precise, crisp and balanced on the palate, with a roundness of generously structured fruit and a long, elegant finish.
A rich and opulent wine with vibrant flavours of ripe cherries and plums combined with subtle overtones of cocoa and vanilla. This wine has a velvety texture, softened by the warmth of the Primitivo grapes; brambly fruits on the palate and a persistent sweetness on the finish.
Delicate white floral aromas combine with notes of thyme and rosemary in this elegant, refreshing and mineral wine.
A rich and inky Malbec full of aromas of blueberries, cedar and spice. Opulent and textured, with wonderful fruit concentration and beautifully integrated oak, through to a long, persistent finish.
Deep in colour, this velvety and opulent wine shows aromas of black dried cherry, soft ripe fruits and a hint of spice. Full bodied and powerful, yet balanced, it is rich in fine tannins, with a pleasantly long lasting finish.
An intense and complex bouquet of ripe red fruits combined with hints of spice. A full-bodied wine with delicious flavours of Morello cherry and vanilla notes through to a smooth finish.
Red fruit, cassis and smoke on the nose. Luscious plum, blackberry and mocha on the palate with hints of oak and leather. The high altitude of the vineyard site ensures fresh and ample acidity to make this a great partner for food, especially meat. It is smooth and complex with elegant tannins. A must-try wine!
A softly coloured rosé with intense aromas of wild cherries and raspberries, combined with an attractive hint of Mediterranean maquis - the local aromatic shrubland. Elegantly styled and slightly off-dry, with a refreshing finish.
Vibrant notes of ripe black fruits, combine with earthy hints, nut, spice and fine herbal notes that are characteristic of Maipo Alto. Elegant and complex on the palate with supple tannins and a savoury finish. A highly versatile wine, great with spiced meats and curry dishes.
A refreshing, dry Verdeca which shows a richness of aromatics- white flowers, crisp green apple and a hint of honey. Full flavoured, with a creamy texture and a thirst quenching finish.
This vibrant blend of native Portuguese grapes delivers exuberant aromas of red berries complemented by subtle spicy notes. Textured on the palate with silky tannins enveloping the fruit through to a long, delicious finish. Ideal with barbecued meat.
A strong and lively nose of grapefruit, nectarine and hints of almond blossom. This richly textured wine is very flavoursome, has superb length, balance and plenty of finesse. Bright and long on the finish.
This crisp, fruity Zibibbo shows lifted notes of succulent white peach combined with soft floral aromatics of orange blossom and jasmine. Elegant and perfumed with a long, zesty citrus finish.
Pale lemon in colour. On the nose, this wine showcases vibrant lemon, lime and pink grapefruit characters along with green apple and a dash of fresh herbs. It has nice mid-palate weight and texture and a fine acidity. Bright and aromatic, it has become known as a benchmark for Adelaide Hills and Australian Sauvignon Blanc.
An intense wine with flavours of black cherry complemented by delicate floral notes and vanilla spice from the well-integrated oak. Smooth and flavoursome on the palate with good structure through to a spicy and warm finish.
A fresh, fragrant and fruit Prosecco with aromas of pear and apple. On the palate it is off-dry and lively with an attractively crisp finish.
A clear, bright wine with subtle aromas of blackcurrant bud, river stones and rock salt. The vibrant palate is fresh, juicy and textured with mineral notes layered with blackcurrant fruit through to a refreshing, zesty finish.
Herbal and spicy notes give way to an intense expression of fresh raspberries and cherries with subtle hints of green pepper and a fine, granitic minerality. Notes of dark chocolate intermingled with sweet berries lead to refined, smooth tannins and a vibrant acidity that lends a fresh, juicy mouthfeel.
Complex and elegant aromas of blackberries, plums and cherries combine with subtle hints of vanilla and rich toasty notes. Beautifully textured with a mouth-filling palate of ripe berried fruits against a mineral backdrop and a long lasting finish.
A refreshing wine with delicate aromas of citrus fruits, ripe pear and aromatic herbal notes combined with a hint of mineral complexity. Tangy and refreshing, with a pure, persistent finish of juicy pear and delightful gooseberry notes.
The appealing pale blush colour of this wine is obtained from the skins of the Pinot Grigio grapes which are pink in colour. A fresh and fruity wine with a delicate flavour and an off-dry finish.
An elegant and silky wine, with fragrant peach aromas, layered with toasted spice and subtle vanilla notes. Concentrated notes of fresh peach, ripe grapefruit and biscuity notes on the palate continue on the long finish. This is Saint Clair’s owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson’s perfect wine to have alongside roast chicken.
This wine opens with intense aromas of white flowers, nectarine and citrus. Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, the acidity is bright and there is generosity of flavour.
This wine is ruby red in colour with violet reflections. On the nose, there are aromas of mulberry and cherry which give way to a soft palate with delicate tannins. Full-bodied and elegant, this Nero di Troia is perfectly balanced.
An intense aroma of plum, cherry and spice, with hints of rosemary and vanilla. A fullbodied wine, yet soft and balanced, full of ripe fruit flavours in an easy drinking style.
A perfumed and elegant wine, showing aromas of dark cherry and violet complemented by a touch of cedar. Opulent, with elegant tannins enveloping the layers of fruit through to a smooth and velvety finish.
A stunning example of a restrained, cool climate Chardonnay. Intense citrus aromas and classic soft fruits, jasmine and walnut are layered with honey and vanilla notes. The palate is beautifully balanced with a refreshing, crisp acidity and a distinct minerality. Concentrated and refined, with a crisp, clean citrus finish. Delicious with poached chicken in a creamy white wine sauce.
Named after an antique farmhouse located on the wine estate, this smooth and elegant wine is a lovely expression of Chianti. With red cherry and cranberry fruits, the palate has good substance and a lingering, rounded finish.
Leather, vanilla and spice of traditionally made Rioja enveloped in a smooth and textured palate. Balanced, with ripe, wild strawberries and integrated tannins through to a long, lingering finish.
This traditional Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is deep and rich, showing ripe black fruit flavours with subtle jam and chocolate overtones, typical of these family grown vineyards. Gentle on the palate with a subtle, smoky finish.
Mellow, fine and elegant, Alìe is characterised by its delicate rose colour and vibrant peach notes and subtle scents of rose. Enveloping and well rounded on the palate, with citrus notes of pink grapefruit and a tangy undertone that elegantly leads to a whirlwind of flavour sensations.
An extraordinarily elegant, ethereal wine delivering red fruits with hints of violet and oak spice. Beautifully balanced with an elegantly textured, velvety palate and a lovely, long finish.
A juicy, punchy and opulent red with attractive floral aromas, ripe fruit and balsamic notes in the background. Balanced freshness on the palate lifts the vibrant fruit through to a smooth and persistent finish.
Intense aromatic notes of prune, bitter cherry, liquorice and warm spice combine in unison with delicate vanilla, coffee, chocolate and balsamic overtones. Full-bodied and balanced on the palate, with charmingly structured tannins and a bold yet elegant finish.
An intensely fragrant wine, where aromas of tropical blackcurrant bud and passionfruit are complemented by delicate notes of green nettle. Rich and beautifully balanced on the palate with vibrant flavours of passionfruit, redcurrant, papaya and melon leading to a long, lingering finish. Freshly shucked oysters or mussels; seared scallops, salmon or pan-fried fish.
The Winemakers Reserve Black Shiraz is an extreme example of this Australian Shiraz with deep colour and aromas of blackberry and plum over toasty coffee and spicy oak. The palate is full-flavoured and intense with rich plum, blueberry and mocha notes. The tannins are ripe and dense imparting great structure and length to the palate.
Tropical aromas of passionfruit, guava and blackcurrant combine with nettle and subtle chalky mineral notes. The rich, full palate with grapefruit and blackcurrant is enveloped in green notes of nettle and pepper and a delicate sea salt character, through to a long, mineral finish. A perfect accompaniment to any fresh seafood.
Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolatey nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with a youthful finish.
This Negroamaro is ruby red in colour with purple hues. The aromas are intense with notes of blackberries and blackcurrants. It is medium bodied and velvety, with good balance and savoury notes on the finish.
This wine has a deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. On the nose, it has intense aromas of red berry fruit. Full-bodied with firm tannins, it is well-balanced with lots of ripe fruit flavours that carry through onto the finish.
This wine is intense cherry in colour with ageing at the rim. On the nose, it has aromas of ripe fruit and hints of cocoa. On the palate, it has a round, velvety mouthfeel with ripe tannins and good acidity.
An intense bouquet of rich brambly fruits with a seductive note of black pepper spice. Concentrated on the palate with juicy blackberry and ripe plum flavours, which are beautifully balanced by velvety tannins. Long and elegant on the finish, this is quintessential Nero d'Avola.
Pale straw yellow in colour with greenish reflections. The delicate, understated fragrances proffer floral notes mixed with hints of almond. The palate is graceful, well-defined, taut and flavoursome.
Deep red colour with violet hues. Very intense aromas of pepper, cloves, cinnamon and other spices, along with black fruits and roses. It is a complex wine, long and structured; Wide and firm tannins and a long end with a lovely red fruit aftertaste.
This barrique aged white wine is elegant and distinctive. With a nose offering a rich narray of aromas - floral scents, candied orange peel, dried fruit, white pepper and delicate toasted notes, on the palate it is pleasingly luscious, beautifully balanced and long on the finish.
This expressive, barrel-fermented Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A sensual and exotic experience. Asian inspired cuisine; lamb tagines with apricots; or rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops or grilled lobster.
Groot Constantia’s flagship red shows beautiful complexity on the nose, with ripe, rich flavours of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite, supported by notes of cinnamon and cedar wood from the generous use of new oak. The black fruit and sweet spice follow through to the palate and the firm structure promises excellent ageing potential.
A pale and lively pink coloured rosé with an aromatic and fresh bouquet of peach and strawberry, layered with rose petals, spice and mineral notes. Crisp with a creamy, fruity palate through to a long finish.
The freshness and elegance of this wine is quite remarkable. Layered aromas of green apple, lime, gooseberry combine with notes of lilac, camomile and delicate spice. Bone dry and smooth on the palate with cool-climate acidity providing refreshing balance to the rich fruit. This is youthful and energetic.
Savoury notes are supported by liquorice and black pepper, as well as ripe plums and a hint of smoke. The wine shows beautiful intensity on the palate. The natural acidity adds freshness to the wine, and tannins are soft and approachable.
Expressive aromas of exotic fruits combined with hints of pepper, orange, jasmine, herbs and a touch of lemon. Beautifully refined on the palate which is characterised by richness, harmony and a bright lemony finish.
Lovely pale gold with gentle, fine bubbles. Toasty, spicy and complex aromas showing wonderful development after extended ageing in Nyetimber's cellar. The palate supports these complex aromas with honey, almond, pastry and baked apple flavours. Very fine and elegant with a great combination of intensity, delicacy and length.
Elysium is a brilliant crimson purple colour with aromas of ripe berries, rose petals, strawberries and lychees. The vibrant acidity balances beautifully with the sweetness of this wine making it very refreshing.
A classic rose petal colour, this elegant, dry rosé shows aromatic notes of grapefruit and delicate citrus hints, through to a refreshing palate of red berry fruits with a lifted finish.
A rich and opulent wine with ripe blackcurrant aromas layered with notes of the garrigue and cistus flowers. Full bodied but with a soft texture on the palate; this wine retains the estate's characteristic elegance whilst embracing a modern style of winemaking. Ripe fruits combine with notes of cocoa and cherry and a hint of liquorice on the finish. Slow cooked beef and wild mushroom stew; shoulder of lamb or rich game dishes.
This wine is intense ruby red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has aromas of morello and marasca cherries, notes of small red berries and sweet spices. The palate is mineral and balanced with a long finish.
This Malbec is deep purple in colour. On the nose there are aromas of red fruits such as plums and blackberries, complemented by notes of chocolate and tobacco. On the palate this wine displays extraordinary balance, freshness and soft tannins.
Dark garnet colour with aromas of blackberry and cassis, lavender, fresh crushed sage, black olive and cedar. The generous and juicy palate excites with black fig, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, and graphite. The wine finishes long and pure with chewy bramble and tannin.