Award-Winning Connecticut Winery is Globally Certified Vegan by BeVeg
Priam Vineyards Puts Connecticut on the Map of U.S. Wineries to Receive Global Certification from BeVeg International for Its Vegan-Friendly Approach to Winemaking
COLCHESTER, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2018) – Priam Vineyards of Colchester, Connecticut today announced it has been globally certified by BeVeg International for its vegan-friendly approach to winemaking, putting Connecticut on the map of U.S. wineries to receive this seal of approval after an extensive review of its production practices from soil to bottle.
According to Carissa Kranz, founder and CEO of BeVeg International, the company’s certification seal is “a stamp of approval” that tells vegans and others who care about sustainability and social responsibility that a wine label that carries its trademark meets the strictest standards of vegan compliance.
“It might sound weird, but many winemakers use things like isinglass from fish bladder, gelatin and even sea shells when filtering their wine before bottling,” explained Priam’s winemaker, Ruaan Viljoen. “Priam Vineyards doesn’t use animal byproducts or those other additives in our wine production. It goes against our sustainable agricultural practices and would actually remove flavor and aromas from the wine. A good wine reflects the grapes from the area. The more you add to it, the less quality you’ll get. Being vegan-friendly improves the quality of the wine.”
Around the world, environmentally-conscious beverage companies are starting to embrace these higher standards of production. In 2016, famous Irish brewery Guinness announced its beer went vegan-friendly when it removed the fish bladder from its 250-year-old filtration process.
BeVeg International certified Priam’s production practices as vegan-friendly after reviewing the entire vineyard’s winemaking process from its solar-powered winery, to protecting its grape harvest using bluebirds instead of pesticides to partnering with a bottle supplier that uses recycled glass.
Priam Vineyards is a solar-powered winery and sustainable vineyard nestled in the Salmon River Watershed area on the Connecticut Wine Trail at 11 Shailor Hill Road off Route 149 in Colchester. Its thirteen international award-winning wines are estate grown, blended, bottled and cellared on premises. Priam Vineyards was declared a nature conservation area by the World Wildlife Federation, and is a popular site for weddings and corporate events. Voted CT’s top winery, three years in a row, by international sommeliers and wine judges at the New York International Wine Competition, the vineyard is also a year-round getaway for wine tastings, concerts, family outings and picnics. For more information visit www.priamvineyards.com.
For more information about BeVeg International vegan certification and its free consumer app, visit: www.beveg.com
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