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Everyone knows someone who doesn’t eat meat. You may even have drunk veggie wine before without even realising! People reduce their consumption of animal products for a number of reasons and as a result, herbivore-friendly wine has rocketed in popularity and can be found across many supermarket and wine shop shelves.
Many people assume that all wine would be herbivore-friendly, you’d think so as it’s made from grapes. There are in fact many methods used in the wine-making process which use animal products such as For a wine to be vegetarian-friendly then the processes can’t use any animal-based ingredients. Many people in the last few decades have been cutting out meat from their diet and as a result, winemakers have adopted new methods to create delicious wine to cater for those tastes.
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There are a number of different fining (filtering) methods winemakers use to clarify and stabilise wine, including using animal and fish extracts.
Even though the product used to fine the wine cannot be tasted in the end product, studies have reported that trace amounts can still be found in the wine.
One of the ways to create veggie wine is to simply not filter it, letting it rest and separate naturally. This is a process that originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and wine made like this is referred to as natural wine.
Another alternative is to use non-animal products. Unlike vegan wine, which can’t use any type of animal product or by-product, veggie wine can use them and still be suitable.
Any wine has the potential, it just depends on the choices made by the winemakers during the production process.
Many types of veggie wine can be aged just as well as others. The one thing you need to look out for is if your bottle is preservative free, as these wines typically don’t age well.
If you don’t eat animals you might feel like you’re forgotten about when it comes to wine pairings, suggestions ranging from red meats, to fish and chicken based dishes. If you’ve come searching for veggie wine and you’d also like a meat-free dish to work with it, we’ve got you covered.
As with any wine pairing, the things to consider are the basic wine characteristics: acidity, sweetness, body, tannin and alcohol content. Experiment with different pairings and find what works for you and your palate.
We work hard to find stunning wines that cater to all palates and dietary requirements. Our vegetarian selection includes wines from the world’s most renowned wine-making regions such as Rioja, Sicily and Marlborough to name just a few.
If you’re after a delectable red wine, why not try our Franschhoek Cellar ‘Baker Station’ Shiraz? With deep ruby notes of mulberry and plum and soft, ripe tannins, this award-winning wine complements mature cheddar and other hard cheeses. If white wine is more to your taste, our Torres San Valentín from Catalonia is a delightful off-dry white which brings out the wine’s floral aromas and a ripe, fruity character. These beautiful, diverse wines are just a selection of our elegant collection.
With over 100 years of experience between us in the wine industry, you could say we know our way around a wine cellar. We want all our customers to be able to enjoy wines, no matter their budget, taste or dietary requirements.
A huge variety of wines we stock you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the UK. We work exclusively with vineyard owners and wine producers, building close working relationships and sourcing only the highest quality products. You’re in safe hands with us, there’s no better place to buy vegetarian wine online.
If you’d prefer a face to face chat with one of our friendly experts, we would love to see you in our shop in Cardiff where we can discuss what wine would suit you best.
On top of our outstanding veggie wine selection, we also offer a fantastic array of biodynamic and organic wines. We know how difficult it can be to choose when faced with such a diverse collection, which is why we also offer mixed cases. Our experts can curate the perfect range to suit your tastes, and you’ll discover new and exciting wines in the process.