Are All Natural Wines Vegan?
Have you noticed the recent movement towards natural wines but you’re not entirely sure what that means? Keep reading to learn more about whether they’re vegan and why so many people are opting for the natural kind.
What is natural wine?
Generally speaking, most natural wines are un-fined, meaning they don’t go through most of the processes that regular wine does. Natural wine producers see this fining process as one that strips the wine of its distinct characteristics – flavour, texture and authenticity.
Why choose natural wine?
If you choose a bottle of natural wine, you’re more likely to pick up on its unique flavours, with subtle differences based on the weather during the grapes harvest, how it was fermented and other distinct characteristics that can often be lost, or muted during fining.
Is natural wine vegan?
Whilst not all natural wines are vegan-friendly, the vast majority of them will be. This is because the fining process wines generally go through are what makes them unsuitable for vegans. This is because they use animal products like isinglass, bone char, milk or egg products for overall clarity.
If it isn’t explicitly stated that a bottle of natural wine is vegan-friendly, then it’s best to check with your wine merchant what’s suitable.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.