It's all about the fining agents

Aren’t all wines vegan? Wine is made from grapes after all.

A vegan wine is a type of wine that is produced without the use of any animal-derived products or byproducts in its production process. Traditional winemaking methods often involve the use of various fining agents, which are used to clarify the wine and remove any unwanted particles or sediment. Some common fining agents used in winemaking include egg whites, gelatine (derived from animal bones or cartilage), and isinglass (derived from fish bladders).

To make a wine vegan-friendly, winemakers utilise alternative fining agents that are plant-based or mineral-based. These agents can include bentonite clay, activated charcoal, silica gel, and vegetable-based proteins. By using these alternatives, winemakers can clarify the wine without relying on animal-derived products.

Vegan wines are becoming increasingly popular as more people adopt a vegan lifestyle or have dietary restrictions that exclude animal products. If you are looking for a vegan wine, you can look for labels or certifications indicating that the wine is vegan-friendly.

However, it’s important to note that not all wineries label their wines as vegan, even if they are produced using vegan-friendly methods. In such cases, contacting the winery directly or consulting resources dedicated to vegan wines can provide more information.

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