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15 June 2020

Best vegan wines

Our panel of wine experts uncover the very best vegan-friendly red wine, white wine, champagne and sparkling wine
By Tom Morgan

Most winemakers use substances called fining agents during production, but not all of these are suitable for vegans. We've found the best vegan wines available at your local supermarket.  

Whether you're in the mood for a rich red or a delicious white wine, our expert taste tests will help you pick the perfect option for your budget.

Why is wine not vegan?

Wines appear cloudy following fermentation because the proteins in them clump together. These are natural ingredients and not harmful, but brands prefer to sell a clear, pure wine. To deal with the haze, manufacturers use fining agents to help the proteins clump together and sink to the bottom of the wine, making the sediment easier to remove.

Some commonly used fining agents contain animal products, which means certain wines are a no-go for vegans. During the fining process, egg albumen (derived from egg whites) is sometimes used for red wine, while milk protein is used for white wine. Other animal-derived fining agents include bone marrow and fish oil.

If you're shopping for a vegan wine, you'll be looking out for a drink that's produced using animal-friendly fining agents. Below, we've rounded up some suitable red wines, white wines, champagnes and sparkling wines.

Discover which wine goes best with different foods.

The best vegan red wine

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Aldi Toro Loco Reserva 2015

£5.50 for a 70cl bottle

Described by the supermarket as 'seriously good', Aldi's Toro Loco Reserva offers scents of ripe fruits, dried berries and toasty vanilla.

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Co-op Irresistible Organic Fairtrade Malbec 2017

£7.50 for a 75cl bottle

This red wine, produced in north west Argentina, is suitable for vegans. Co-op describes it as a full-bodied wine 'bursting with plum, cherry and jam aromas'.

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Iceland Rabo de Galo 2018

£5.95 for a 75cl bottle

This vegan red wine might catch your eye if you're looking to keep costs low. The Portuguese red is described as a 'balanced and elegant wine' that offers a 'long and fruity finish'.

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Lidl Winemaker's Selection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

£6 for a 70cl bottle

Originating from Coonawarra in South Australia, this vegan wine will apparently treat you to 'ripe, bright blackcurrant fruit' that is 'generous and satisfying'.

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M&S Tapa Roja Old Vines Monastrell 2018

£7 for a 75cl bottle

This Spanish red might deserve a place on your shortlist if you're shopping for vegan-friendly wine. M&S claims it combines 'intense plum and blackberry' with a 'herbal twist'.

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More vegan red wines on test

  • Morrisons The Best Côtes Catalanes (£6 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Rioja Reserva (£9 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Spar Rios De Los Andes Malbec Reserve 2017 (£7 for a 70cl bottle)
  • Tesco Finest Montagne St Emilion 2018 (£9 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Waitrose & Partners Romanian Pinot Noir (£6 for a 75cl bottle)

To see our full selection of red wines of test, head over to our best red wine for 2020 guide.

The best vegan white wine

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Co-op Irresistible Gavi 2017

£8.50 for a 75cl bottle

Made by the Broglia family in the vineyards of northern Italy, Co-op's Irresistible Gavi 2017 is a safe option for vegans.

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Morrisons The Best Grüner Veltliner 2017

£8.25 for a 75cl bottle

This Australian bottle of white wine from Morrisons brings together hints of white jasmine and grapefruit.

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Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Alvarinho 2017

£6.75 for a 75cl bottle

This Taste the Difference white wine from Sainsbury's is described on the supermarket's website as 'deliciously zingy' with a 'mouth-watering freshness'.

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To see our full selection of white wines of test, head over to our best white wine for 2020 guide.

Waitrose Earth, Vine and Sun Semillon 2018

£7 for a 75cl bottle

Waitrose is convinced that this vegan wine of South Africa offers a 'delicate and vibrant blend' of sauvignon blanc and semillon.

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The best vegan champagne

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Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut

£12.49 for a 75cl bottle

This budget-priced vegan champagne is labelled as a 'bestseller' over on the Aldi website. It's a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier that has been aged to 'enhance its complexity'.

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Co-op Les Pionniers Champagne Brut

£19 for a 75cl bottle

This bottle of Les Pionniers champagne could be yours for just under £20.

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GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne

£35 for a 75cl bottle

Sourced from more than 100 different crus, this bottle of champagne sits for 20 months in Maison Mumm cellars. It's described by its maker as 'fresh' and 'bold' with 'intense ripe fruits'.

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Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne

£23 for a 75cl bottle

Take a sip of this champagne and you'll pick up on hints of marzipan and butterscotch.

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Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut

£32 for a 75cl bottle

This vegan-friendly champagne serves up hints of toast and honey. It's one of the priciest champagnes in our list, so we put it in front of our taste test panel to see if it's worth the money.

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More vegan champagne on test

  • Lidl Comte de Senneval Brut Champagne (£12.49 for a 75cl bottle)
  • M&S Delacourt Brut Champagne (£25 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne (£35 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Morrisons The Best Premier Cru Champagne (£19 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne (£22 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Blanc de Noirs Champagne (£19 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Spar Marquis Belrive Brut Reserve Champagne NV (£18 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne (£35 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (£20 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne (£40 for a 75cl bottle)
  • Waitrose & Partners Brut Champagne (£20 for a 75cl bottle)

To see our full selection of champagne wines of test, head over to our best champagne for 2020 guide.

The best vegan sparkling wines

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Morrisons The Best Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

£8 for 75cl

Here's an Italian sparkling wine to add to your 'maybe' list if you're shopping for vegan-friendly fizz. Morrisons says the drinks brings together flavours of 'vibrant green apple and pear'.

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Crémant de Loire

£11.50 for 75cl

This sparkling wine has made the journey from Loire Valley in central France. It's described as an 'elegant' sparkling wine with a 'zesty apple freshness'.

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Spar Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco

£10 for 75cl

This prosecco is exclusive to Spar and comes from the Veneto region of Italy. The supermarket is convinced it's a 'premium bottle' that manages to compete with the best sparkling wines on the market.

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Tesco Finest Prosecco Brut

£7 for 75cl

This light and simple prosecco treats you to fruity, floral notes. It's the cheapest vegan-friendly prosecco on test, making it a good pick if you're shopping for a party and trying to keep costs low.

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Waitrose & Partners Sparkling Pecorino NV

£9 for 75cl

This Italian sparkling wine brings together hints of citrus blossom and freshly squeezed lemon with fine bubbles.

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To see our full selection of sparkling wines of test, head over to our best prosecco and sparkling wine for 2020 guide.

How we test vegan wine

When deciding on which red wines to test, we asked a selection of supermarkets to suggest drinks suitable for both summer and winter. These recommendations had to be own-label or exclusive to the supermarket. Our white wines were nominated by supermarkets that deemed them suitable for summer drinking. Again, these had to be own-label or exclusive.

Each bottle was disguised before being placed in front of our panel. Once each member of the panel had sampled all of the drinks, ratings (including Which? Best Buy titles) were discussed as a group.

Our experts tasted eight supermarket own-label and exclusive non-vintage (NV) champagnes, as well as seven top-selling big-name champagnes. Not all of them were vegan-friendly, however.

To score the best sparkling wines, we disguised the bottles before they were chilled. Each expert tried the wines in a different order.

For all types of drink, our experts were looking for character, depth, and complexity.

Our experts were:

  • Charles Metcalfe wine taster and co-chair of the International Wine Challenge (IWC)
  • Kathryn McWhirter wine taster, author and translator
  • Peter McCombie Master of Wine, speaker, consultant, co-chairman of the IWC
  • Richard Bampfield Master of Wine, European Champagne Ambassador 2009
  • Sam Caporn Master of wine, wine consultant, speaker, writer and IWC judge
  • Helen McGinn International wine judge and award-winning author
  • Peter Richards Master of Wine, writer, presenter and broadcaster

Prices correct as of March 2020.