What do you mean wine isn’t vegan, isn’t it just grapes?
Although that might be oversimplifying it just a bit, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that some wines are off limits if you’re living a vegan lifestyle.
Which is why, if you’re a vegan or just trying out a vegan diet for Veganuary, you’ll be pleased to learn that Laithwaite’s has a huge selection of vegan wines.
From the gold-medal winning Portuguese block-buster Aluado Alicante Bouschet to the superb artisan Champagne Delmotte, we’ve got a wine to suit all tastes in our vegan range. And don’t forget about our gins, whiskies, beers and ciders that are also suitable if you’re sticking to a vegan diet.
How do vegan wines differ to non-vegan wines?
Animal products are often used to filter out any impurities in wine. If the thought of that is enough to put you off wine for good, don’t worry. While casein (milk protein) and gelatine are used in the process to make wine, they aren’t actually included in the finished product.
The good news if you’re hoping to cut animal products out of your diet is that other things that can be used to the same effect, including plant casein and limestone.
What’s even better news is that you can enjoy some of Laithwaite’s best-selling bottles, so take a look at what’s in our range of vegan wines.
Aluado Alicante Bouschet
Our best-selling vegan wine. Doubters called winemaker José Neiva Correia aluado (loony) when he decided to give the velvet black fruit Alicante Bouschet centre-stage in this red wine. But he has proved them wrong with his intense, almost black red Aluado Alicante Bouschet, winning five Golds and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast over two vintages . Super rich, this wine pairs brilliantly with herby casseroles.
The Waxed Bat
Named after the bat which knocked over a candle and left prints all over winemaker Opi Sadler’s grandfather’s cellar, The Waxed Bat is a true customer favourite. With thousands of dedicated fans, this wine is super smooth making it perfect for drinking by itself, but bold enough to pair with big flavours.
The debut vintage of Opi Malbec really made a name for itself when it was crowned best Malbec in Argentina. Known by his peers as “the magician,” Opi (aka Rodolfo) Sadler has two wines permanently in our Top 20! Drink it alone or with a rich pasta dish.
Viña Tarapacá Sauvignon Blanc
Customers leave five-star reviews for every vintage of this zesty Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Being grown in a high-up vineyard brings out all the aromatic intensity from the grapes and makes this white ultra-refreshing. Viña Tarapacá Sauvignon Blanc goes brilliantly with Far Eastern flavours so it’s perfect for pairing with Malaysian and Thai curries.
Champagne might be one of the most romantic drinks you can think of, but this takes love to another level. It’s made by fifth generation wine maker Julian Fourrier, whose father, Philippe, created this special cuvée in honour of his wife, Brigitte. Her maiden name was Delmotte. The Pinot Noir grapes used in Champagne Delmotte are taken from vineyards first planted by Philippe and Brigitte – that’s romance for you.
Il Papavero Pinot Grigio
This Sicilian white is one of the best examples of Pinot Grigio you will find. Winemaker Scipione Giuliani tracked down the grapes for this wine a few years back and has found nothing to beat them since. Try Il Papavero Pinot Grigio with a light risotto for the ultimate luxury evening in.
Nelson Bay Pinot Noir
On New Zealand Pinot Noirs, Decanter wrote: “An essential port of call for all Pinot lovers on their quest for the perfect glassful”. And with Nelson Bay you can head out that quest without breaking the bank. This intense and spicy example would go brilliantly with a simply roasted cauliflower steak.
The Gooseberry Bush
This fruity South African white is made extra juicy thanks to its blend of two grapes – Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc. The Gooseberry Bush is a great white for a party thanks to its refreshing flavours of lime zest and gooseberry but it would also go brilliantly with a spicy stir-fry.
The Huguenot Chenin Blanc
Dazzling lemon and pineapple freshness give this South African Chenin an extra-fruity kick. Due to droughts the 2018 vintage is concentrated and so is bursting with flavour. Try pairing The Huguenot Chenin Blanc with spicy Thai dishes or colourful salads to really make it pop.
Castel del Lago Bianco
The grapes used to create the brilliant 95-point Castel del Lago Bianco are grown in a vineyard which slopes down towards the stunning Lake Garda. Winemaker Matteo Bernabei is a consultant for pricy top wineries by day but in his spare time creates this delicious creamy, peach white. He recommends pairing it with a melon starter or a crisp salad.