Updated: Jun 7, 2019
Did you know, some wineries use animal-derived products as finings? To remove proteins, yeast, and other organic particles which are in suspension during the making of the wine, a fining agent is added to the top of the vat. Examples of animal products used are gelatin, casein and egg albumen.
Fortunately, many retailers now stock vegan and vegetarian wines. Marks & Spencer leads the way in this respect, with 384 vegan-friendly bottles; the Co-op, long a pioneer of transparency in wine ingredients, now has 77.
Here’s some recommendations for you to enjoy or share (as of Dec 18):
Toro Loco Organic Red Utiel-Requena, Spain 2015 (£4.99, Aldi)
Tesco Finest Côtes de Gascogne France 2016 (£6.50, Tesco)
Co-op Irresistible Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£7.49, The Co-op)
Granite Earth Swartland, South Africa 2017 (£8.50, Morrisons)
Graham Beck Brut Rosé South Africa NV (from £12.99, majestic.co.uk)
Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne, France NV (£18, Sainsbury’s)