22nd January 2018

Vegan Wine is not just for January

‘I’m giving up meat for January’, announced the better half ‘but there is NO way I’m giving up wine!’ Despite all best intentions the I-simply-can’t-face-another-sausage-roll-feeling rolled around again on Twelfth Night whilst Veganuary seems destined for the Oxford English, featuring in just about every New Year food supplement.

So wine, safe ground for the new vegan? Surely (bag in box) wine is one of my five a day right? Just grapes doing their natural thing with the help of some wild yeasts and hopefully not too many sulphites to mask the taste. Pretty much, but depending on the strictness of your diet you might want to pursue your friendly bag in box wine supplier on the detail of whether your wine is vegan or even vegetarian for that matter.

More Wine champions organic, biodynamic and low sulphite wine in a box and in a pouch. However, somewhat counterintuitively a certified organic wine may not be vegan or even vegetarian. Let’s face it not all of us are ready for cloudy wine on a regular basis. However, not every winemaker has the time or the cashflow to allow wines to settle and clear naturally.

Thus, fining agents are most commonly used to make the end wine clear. These range from Albumin (egg protein) to Casein (milk protein) to Isinglass (fish bladder) and Gelatin (most definitely meat based!). The fining agent used may well depend on the colour of the wines; the winemaker’s desired impact on the end wine; historic availability and cost. The actual process of fining will remove all but a trace element of the agent, though understandably vegans will prefer to seek out those wines which have not been in contact with any animal matter at all. Clay derived bentonite fits the bill and is widely used.

Increasing upon our vegan bag in box wine offering, More Wine is delighted to team up with the fabulous Portugese Story. Their 3 litre box wines are organic, biodynamic, low in added sulphites and are certified as suitable for vegans. They are made by www.quintadomontalto.pt from indigenous grapes with a minimum of intervention. The farm has been certified organic for nearly 20 years and lies on the Atlantic coast between Lisbon and Porto, comprising vineyards, orchards and forest.

Details below along with a couple of other vegan wines for you to enjoy in 2018!


PORTUGESE STORY

Organic, biodynamic, low added sulphites, vegan

£31.8 3 litres (= £7.95 / normal bottle size 75cl)

Filas Branco (White), Quinta Do Montalto, Lisboa

Fernao Pires native grape from clay and chalky soils. Fresh, easy and well balanced. 12% ABV

Filas Tinto (Red), Quinta Do Montalto, Lisboa

Native grapes of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Aragones (Tempranillo). Red berries, great with red meat or hard cheese. 12% ABV

LA MEZZA, WHEN IN ROME

£27 2.25 litres (= £9 / normal bottle size 75cl)

Merlot, Veneto

Light and herbaceous, delicate and soft. On its own, pasta, chicken 11.5% ABV

Additionally all Sfuso, Du Grappin and VinNaturo wines are certified vegan! - View our wine list