Healthier food trends are on the up and vegetarian and vegan diets are at the forefront of the movement. Cutting out meat from our lives is seen as a healthy and environmentally friendly choice. But what has that got to do with wine?
Depending on the figures you read there are estimated to be over 3 million vegetarians in the UK today and the number of vegans has quadrupled in 4 years to over 600,000. When diet and lifestyle choices like these are taken into account wine could arguably be further down the list of treats than ever before. But, as these trends are widely acknowledged to be contributing to a stagnant UK wine market, highlighting the vegetarian and/or vegan attributes of wines that we import has never been more important.
What makes a wine vegetarian or vegan is down to the fining agent that has been used to finish the wine. When used they are present in extremely small quantities, but fish extract and milk can be added at the end of the winemaking process to help make it crystal clear. As agents like bentonite become increasingly popular it means whether by default or by design a solid percentage of wines being made today are already vegan friendly.
This year we have taken the time to identify the vegetarian and vegan attributes of every single one of our wines on show, something that will be easily identifiable when you come to taste on our stand.
Here are just some of the highlights to look out for:
Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Rosé NV
Château de Ruth Cotes du Rhône Villages, Sainte Cecile
Crazy Creatures Grüner Veltliner
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir
Vina Sutil Reserve Chardonnay