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What Makes a Wine Vegan?



What Makes a Wine Vegan?




In Short:
In a world where conscientious choices define our lifestyle, the question of whether your wine is vegan-friendly has become increasingly important. Here we dive into the world of vegan wines, exploring why some wines aren't vegan, how vegan wines are made, and the future of ethical practices in the wine industry.


Why Isn't Wine Vegan?

In the intricate world of winemaking, the processes of fining and filtering play crucial roles in refining the liquid gold we enjoy in our glasses. Fining involves using substances to remove impurities, enhancing clarity and stability, while filtering employs various mediums to sift out unwanted particles. These practices ensure a pristine, visually appealing, and stable wine, elevating both its aesthetic and palatable qualities.

Traditionally, wine production has involved the use of animal products for fining and filtering. Substances like egg whites, gelatin, and fish bladder protein were commonly employed to clarify wine by removing impurities. These methods, while effective, posed a challenge for those seeking cruelty-free options.

How is Vegan Wine Made?

Modern winemaking has evolved to embrace ethical alternatives for fining and filtering. Bentonite, a type of clay, is now frequently used to remove proteins, while activated charcoal or vegetable-based fining agents are often used to replace the animal-derived options listed above.

Crushing Grapes

How to Tell if your Wine is Vegan?

To help consumers easily identify vegan-friendly wines, many producers now use a vegan logo on their labels, signalling the absence of animal-derived fining agents and offering peace of mind to those dedicated to an ethical lifestyle.

Look out for the ‘VE’ symbol on the Majestic website and in our brochures to help you identify which of our wines are vegan.

A selection of logos indicating Vegan wines

Does Vegan Wine Taste Different?

The taste of vegan wine is a subject of curiosity for many. While it doesn't necessarily guarantee a hangover-free experience, some argue that vegan wines might be gentler on the head due to the absence of certain additives. Additionally, lower sulfite levels are often associated with vegan wines, catering to those concerned about sulfite-related reactions. Taste is subjective, but many find vegan wines to be as delightful, if not more so, than their non-vegan counterparts.



The Future of Vegan Wine

As consumer awareness grows, the wine industry is witnessing a shift towards ethical practices. More producers are embracing vegan and environmentally friendly methods. This trend aligns with the increasing demand for sustainable and cruelty-free options, highlighting a positive direction for both wine enthusiasts and the planet.

A vineyard

Why Chosen by Majestic Wines are Vegan

At Majestic, we understand the importance of aligning our values with our products. That's why our Chosen by Majestic range is proudly vegan. We believe in offering wines that not only taste exceptional but also reflect a commitment to ethical practices.

Conclusion

Ready to explore the world of vegan wines? Our Vegan Wine page includes all of our Vegan-friendly wines, allowing you to discover a diverse array of wines that cater to both your palate and your principles.




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