Most winemakers use substances called fining agents during production, but not all of these are suitable for vegans. To help you find a vegan wine worth a place at your table, we've rounded up the best vegan wines available from our taste tests below.
Whether you're in the mood for a rich red or a delicious champagne, our expert taste tests will help you pick the perfect option for your budget.
These results are from Christmas 2020, but we'll be updating this page soon with our 2021 results. Prices and availability last checked in August 2021.
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 and champagnes.
£14.99 for a 75cl bottle
This vegan red wine from the southern Rhone Valley promises plenty of warmth and spice, with flavours of black fruits and pepper.
£9 for a 75cl bottle
Asda says this Italian wine takes it's name from the 'ripasso' technique, which involves adding the skins of semi-dried grapes to the blend, resulting in a deeper, richer and more full-bodied wine.
£8 for a 75cl bottle
This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley is one of the cheapest vegan red wines we tested.
£26.99 for a 75cl bottle
This organic, vegan-friendly champagne, made with pinot noir grapes, is described by Aldi as 'light and elegant'.
£19 for a 75cl bottle
One of the cheapest vegan champagnes we tested, this bottle of bubbly costs less than £20 per bottle.
£38 for a 75cl bottle
This premium brand is By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Purveyors of Champagne.
Glass bottles can usually go in your household recycling bin. If your council doesn’t accept them, you can take them to a local bottle bank. Make sure to empty out all the liquid, give the bottle a quick rinse and put the lid back on to reduce the chance of it getting lost during the sorting process.
Synthetic corks, which are made of plastic, can’t be recycled or composted. They should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Our experts tasted 18 champagnes and 10 red wines (not all of them were vegan-friendly so here we've only included the vegan ones) in September 2020.
We disguised all the bottles before serving so that they didn’t know which brand they were tasting. Each expert assessed the drinks in a different order. At the end of the tasting, they discussed their ratings and agreed on a score for each bottle.
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