Is wine vegan?
Believe it or not, your wine might not be vegan or allergy friendly, and we’ve learned this the hard way (thank you milk allergy).
While there aren’t any animal products in the wine itself, winemakers have used products such as milk, eggs, gelatin as fining agents to clarify and filter wines for centuries.
But don’t worry, this isn’t true for all wines. Many wine producers use plant-based versions of these products, so there is vegan wine out there.
Well how do you know?
There’s no way to know other than contacting the companies themselves and asking since there are no legal requirements for alcohol producers to label these products.
If you’re looking for a shortcut, Barnivore.com is a great option. It’s a website that has compiled an enormous database of which brands are vegan friendly or not. It allows you to search popular brands by their names or by type to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Unfortunately, they can’t keep track of everything, so you still might have to pass on a wine bottle or two (or contact the company) if you can’t find an answer.
Different wine types from the same company may not all be vegan. It’s best to check for each bottle you buy, and always check back in with a company from time to time to make sure they haven’t changed their production process.
Our favorite vegan wine brands
Over the past few years, we’ve been finding and sampling vegan wine brands to find ones we like best. The list below reflects that, and I’ll add it to the list as we find brands we like.
- Layer Cake
- Red Truck
- Bonterra (only white/rosé are vegan, reds are dairy free)
- Wine Cube
- Cooper’s Hawk
- Chloe Wine
- Bread & Butter
- Seven Daughters
Based on the research I’ve done, all the wine these companies produce, unless noted, are vegan. As always, things may change and it’s best to do your own research and double check before consuming anything.
Tips for contacting winemakers
I’ve found that a simple email or even a message on social media can get me the answer I’m looking for.
I’d recommend finding the product you are questioning, and sending a link to that product in your message so there is no confusion.
They should get back to your fairly quickly. At least, that’s always been my experience.