The Most Visited Winery in British Columbia Earns Global BeVeg Vegan Certification
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Corners the Canadian Vegan Market with a Global Certification from BeVeg International for Its Vegan-Friendly Approach to Winemaking
KELWONA, B.C. (Feb. 1, 2019) – Summerhill Pyramid Winery of Kelwona, British Columbia now has products certified vegan by BeVeg International. Summerhill joins the ranks of wineries across the globe who are catering to the vegan consumer by using plant-based fining practices and ingredients. Many wineries filter their wines through animal parts or have ingredients that use animal byproducts. Since alcohol rarely has disclosures on the bottle, the consumer rarely knows exactly what they are actually drinking. After an extensive review of its production practices and ingredients, Summerhill passed the BeVeg vegan certification process for the products applied.
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.
“Summerhill uses no animal byproducts in its winemaking,” explained Summerhill’s CEO, Ezra Cipes. “Part of our transitioning the cellar to organic was getting rid of all additives, adjuncts and winemaking aids. Albumen, isinglass, and milk by-products are common fining agents for wine. We use none of these. ” says Cipes.
Around the world, conscious companies are starting to embrace these higher standards of production and want independent verification from BeVeg International, a law firm for global vegan certification. BeVeg International certified Summerhill’s production practices as vegan-friendly after reviewing the entire vineyard’s winemaking process. Summerhill, a family-grown and managed vineyard, has been a leading pioneer in the Okanagan Valley for well-over two decades for conscious winemaking practices. With their cutting edge technology and eco-friendly processes, Summerhill’s home vineyard in Kelowna became the first Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in British Columbia. Summerhill has converted more than 200 acres of Okanagan vineyards to certified organic status. Summerhill’s philosophy of winemaking is that organic and biodynamic grapes, grown in harmony with the ecosystem, is the starting point for authentic, expressive, terroir-driven wines. The portfolio of wines has earned Summerhill the title of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ from the IWSC in London, England (2009), and Summerhill’s sparkling wines have garnered much international acclaim, including a gold medal from France (Chardonnay du Monde, 2000) and a trophy from England (IWSC, 2010), both for the estate grown Cipes Gabriel Blanc de Blanc. For more information visit www.summerhill.bc.ca.
About BeVeg International
BeVeg is the only law firm in the world that specializes in vegan certification, regulation, and advocacy. The firm exists to raise the standard for consumer transparency by requiring companies who apply to disclose all ingredients and processes to packaging. Kranz states, “it’s about being forthcoming.” BeVeg demands honest information and only licenses use of its logo to conscious companies in alignment with the BeVeg vegan standard. BeVeg is featured as the GOLD STANDARD for vegan certification in Forbes, California Winery Advisor, PETA, CBS, NBC, Social Life Magazine, LiveKindly, and the Minnesota Growler, to name a few. In addition, BeVeg was recently endorsed by celebrity supermodel, Christie Brinkley.
BeVeg attorneys possess a commitment to strict vegan standards. No other certification company is owned, operated, and managed as a law firm and by a team of attorneys. Dedicated attorneys research and draft custom applications and require rigorous disclosures and representations by prospective licensees to ensure that the BegVeg! Vegan Standard maintains its integrity. BeVeg is the standard of compliance, and use of the logo is considered the premier stamp of approval for those looking for the greenest plant based options.
For more information about BeVeg International vegan certification and its free consumer app, visit: www.beveg.com
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