29th July 2021
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.
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.
£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.
£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'.
£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'.
£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'.
£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'.
£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.
£8.25 for a 75cl bottle
This Australian bottle of white wine from Morrisons brings together hints of white jasmine and grapefruit.
£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'.
£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.
£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'.
£19 for a 75cl bottle
This bottle of Les Pionniers champagne could be yours for just under £20.
£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'.
£23 for a 75cl bottle
Take a sip of this champagne and you'll pick up on hints of marzipan and butterscotch.
£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.
£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'.
£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'.
£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.
£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.
£9 for 75cl
This Italian sparkling wine brings together hints of citrus blossom and freshly squeezed lemon with fine bubbles.
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:
Prices correct as of March 2020.