Toast Your Next Meal With These Vegan Wine Brands
Enjoying a glass of wine is nothing to feel guilty about, and you shouldn’t pull your hair out searching for ingredients with a fine-tooth comb. We’ve compiled this page not to make going vegan seem daunting but as a resource for people who want to make sure that they’re not consuming any animal-derived ingredients.
Some wines are made using animal-derived substances during the filtering process, called “fining agents.” These filters sometimes include gelatin from fish bladder (called isinglass), casein (derived from milk), and bone marrow.
Thankfully, several common fining agents used to make wine are animal-friendly. Check your local grocery or health-food store, BevMo!, and co-ops for vegan varieties.
Here’s a taste of our favorite vegan wine, all available in stores or online. Cheers!
1. Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards
This winery—based in Ontario, Canada—creates red, white, and rosé varieties.
2. Sutter Home
The vegan varieties of Sutter Home include Riesling, zinfandel, cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and Chenin blanc. The brand is available at most grocery and liquor stores.
3. China Bend Winery
This Washington state winery claims to produce “the healthiest wine on the planet.” It specializes in reds, and all its wines are naturally aged, unfiltered, and unfined.
4. Moët & Chandon Champagne
This French winemaker has been making bubbly for over 270 years. Needless to say, it really knows how to party and doesn’t need animal-derived ingredients to do so.
5. Blossom Hill
The following varieties of this widely available brand are vegan: Chenin blanc (South Africa, 2007), cabernet Sauvignon (Chile, 2007), Blossom Hill Signature Blend White (U.S., 2006), and shiraz (South Africa, 2007).
6. Bellissima Prosecco
Christie Brinkley’s line of 100% organic Prosecco and sparkling wines are made from grapes grown in Treviso, Italy. Brinkley’s eco-approach continues all the way to the wine’s packaging, which uses organic ink and environmentally-friendly materials.
7. Thumbprint Cellars
The thumbprint cellars winery in Sonoma County, California, features a tasting room and art gallery.
8. Frey Vineyards
All wines from this California vineyard are vegan. Read about its wine-making process on their official website.
9. Organic Biodynamic Vegan Wine
This family-run winery is located in the Cimini Mountains in central Italy. Its all-natural wines are organic and vegan, and they contain no added sulfur.
10. Palmina Wines
This Santa Barbara–based winery’s Vermentino 2015 white wine was recently poured at a White House state dinner.
11. Seghesio Family Vineyards
In business since 1895, this award-winning vineyard in Sonoma County, California, produces a wide variety of wines.
12. The Vegan Vine
The Vegan Vine is a collection grown and produced by the family-owned Clos LaChance Winery. Inspiration for the collection came when a curious member of the family questioned whether the winery’s products were suitable for his animal-free lifestyle.
13. Wrights Vineyard and Winery
This New Zealand–based winery’s current owner is a third-generation winemaker. With that type of experience, you can’t lose. (Check out the winery’s Natural Wine Co. line for fresh “New World”–style wines.)
14. Vinavanti Urban Winery
Vinavanti is the first and only certified organic winery in San Diego County.
BeVeg is a vegan certification company that specializes in certifying beverages. Its website has a beverage search feature, like that of Barnivore.
This article was originally published on PETA