For those of us who don’t spend time behind the scenes at wineries, it would be easy to think that all wine was vegan. I mean, it’s simply crushed grapes, right? Wrong. Here’s a little-known fact. Wine is in fact often not vegan, but is instead made with animal derived products to create a smoother drop.
Years ago, some wineries were well ahead of the curve and got on board with the vegan wine band wagon, but it’s taken quite w while for GOOD vegan wine to show up in abundance.
Luckily for good wine lovers everywhere, great vegan wine is not only widely available now, it’s also enjoyed by both vegans and non-vegans alike. Dinner parties have never been easier. And going out to dinner with a mix of vegan and non-vegan mates, is also easy. Wine is meant to be shared, and now with such great options, we can do just that. It’s no longer a them and us scenario.
Some of South Australia’s best wineries have your back, and have stopped using animal products in their production process.
We’ve got quite the list of vegan wineries building here, and we’ll update this from time to time – plus we’ve included some great venues at the bottom, that have some stellar vegan wines on their menu. Enjoy!
With a wide range of vegan-friendly wines in their portfolio, 919 Wines from the Riverland produce everything from vegan Petit Mansengs, to Sangiovese, 919 Reserve Collection Vermentino, Durif 750mL, Shiraz, Tempranillo 750mL, Chardonnays and more.
Alpha Box & Dice in McLaren Vale.
Alpha Box & Dice is a boutique McLaren Vale winery who are embarking on an Alphabet of Wine, where a different wine style is created to reflect each letter of the alphabet. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but their wines are seriously good and seriously vegan!!
Based in McLaren Vale, Angove pride themselves on being an organic and sustainable winery. Their wines are as nature intended, crafted with just the gentlest touch from their winemakers. And, of course, this means they’re vegan friendly.
Battle of Bosworth Wines
The Battle of Bosworth family vineyards are located in McLaren Vale and boast a selection of vegan friendly wine. Note that all of their whites are vegetarian and all of their reds are vegan.
Found in the picturesque McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg are happy to confirm that most of their wines are vegan as none of their red wines undertake fining prior to bottling. Their white wines are fined with bentonite only, which is vegan friendly – with the exception of a number of The Stump Jump white wines in 2013, which were fined with gelatin.
First Drop Wines
First Drop Wines bring you a diverse, deliciously exciting and thought provoking line up of flavours from the Barossa Valley. And all of their wines are entirely vegan friendly, so everyone can enjoy their flavour, texture, and splash of funk!
Fox Creek Wines
Set up in McLaren Vale, Fox Creek Wines are proud to say their wines are free of any animal product and as such are suitable for vegetarian or vegan consumers.
Gemtree Wines all have purity and brightness, which is a reflection of their vineyards in McLaren Vale. They’re wholeheartedly organic and vegan friendly.
Heartland is located in Langhorne Valley, “that place between the vines with the best view of the gum trees”. It’s also that place that produces wines suitable for vegans!
The Hedonist wines, produced in McLaren Vale, adopt a minimalistic approach to winemaking, believing that good wines are “made in the vineyard.” This means their wines are also unrefined and unfiltered and therefore perfect for vegans!
As the oldest certified organic and biodynamic winery in the Barossa Valley, Kalleske Wines also jumped the bandwagen to ensure all their products contained no animal products, so they could be enjoyed by everyone, no matter your diet!
Found in the beautiful Clare Valley, Kilikanoon produces wines that are unfiltered and unrefined, meaning they do not use any egg or milk product in the winemaking process.
Ngeringa Vineyards produce fine wines from a certified biodynamic vineyard set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Ngeringa wine (which is vegan) is available for purchase online, direct through the cellar door or through a range of independent cellars.
Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
Visit one of the best McLaren Vale winery and cellar doors in the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Best of all you can head to Oliver’s Taranga 7 days a week for wine tasting and cellar door sales!
Paracombe Wines are all about family, passion and producing exquisite Adelaide Hills wine made with a soft footprint on the environment. All their wines are vegan friendly with no animal products used in their creation. Check out the full range at their online shop at https://www.paracombewines.com/shop/
Coming up, there’s also the chance to discover their delicious vegan food option at the Paracombe Wines Spoilt event at Paracombe cellar door as part Winter Reds Festival, July 28 & 29. Email them at [email protected]paracombewines.com to book or find out more.
Paxton is a family owned wine company in McLaren Vale with an approachable collection of wines that showcase McLaren Vale’s fruit quality, natural diversity and varietal expression. They’re happy to say that all their wines are vegan friendly and don’t contain any animal product.
Located in McLaren Vale, the majority of Serafino’s wines are vegan friendly. If you’re not sure, have a look a the label because they clearly mark all the varities which may contain egg product!
Temple Bruer Wineries
Temple Bruer Wineries in the Barossa Valley is one of the only Australian wineries to be both one hundred percent organic and carbon neutral. Their wines focus on hitting the perfect balance between a top quality taste and taking care of Mother Earth. They’re also proud to be completely vegan friendly.
Tomfoolery Wines have a fantastic range of vegan friendly wines on offer. Located in The Barossa, this lovely winery has just the right mix of vegan options to keep everyone happy!
Perched on the gentle rugged slopes of Marananga, Western Ridge, in the Barossa Vale, Tscharke pride themselves on being entirely vegan friendly!
Yalumba Family Vignerons c.1849
Thriving in the Barossa Valley since 1849, Yalumba have been creating vegetarian and vegan friendly wines since 2011. Many of their older and back vintage wines are also vegan and vegetarian friendly, but a few may not be, so check the label if you’re keen on one of those.
Yangarra Estate Vineyard
The McLaren Vale continues to bring the goods, with Yangarra Estate acknowledging that all their wines are vegan friendly. They don’t use any finning agents as all their wines are wild fermented!
Might not be wine but we love this Adelaide cider and they deserve a shout out. Crafted in the Adelaide Hills the ciders are vegan friendly with a Big format 750ml specialty bottles also being bottle conditioned. Completely sulphite and preservative free.
WHERE TO DRINK
Well other than the obvious (at the cellar doors for the above wineries), there are some great local venues with incredible vegan wine lists.
2KW, 2 King William Street Adelaide
2015 BK WINES ‘REMY’, ADELAIDE HILLS
2017 BK WINES PINOT NOIR ROSE, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 GENTLE FOLK ‘POSITIVE VIBRATION’ ROSE, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2014 SMALLFRY GRENACHE ROSÉ, BAROSSA VALLEY, SA
2017 OCHOTA BARRELS ‘WEIRD BERRIES GEWURZTRAMINER, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 UNICO ZELO ‘RIVERSAND’ FIANO, RIVERLAND, SA
2017 UNICO ZELO ‘SLATE FARM’ FIANO, CLARE VALLEY, SA
2017 OCHOTA BARREL ‘KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE’ RIESLING, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 BK WINES ‘ONE BALL’ CHARDONNAY, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2016 BK WINES ‘SWABY’ CHARDONNAY, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2016 BK WINES ‘ARCHER BEAU’ CHARDONNAY, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 THE OTHER RIGHT ‘WHITE YOUNG THING’ PETNAT, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 WILDMAN ASTRO BUNNY PETNAT, RIVERLAND, SA
2017 MANON FARM GARGANEGA BLEND, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 OCHOTA BARRELS ‘SLINT’ CHARDONNAY, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 OCHOTA BARRELS ‘+5V0V’ CHARDONNAY, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 VANGUARDIST ‘CVR’ RIESLING, CLARE VALLEY, SA
2017 LES FRUITS ‘LOIRAINE’ SAUVIGNON BLANC, ADELAIDE HILLS, SA
2017 YETTI & THE KOKONUT ‘BROSE’, BAROSSA VALLEY, SA
2017 OCHOTA BARRELS ‘FUGAZI GRENACHE, MCLAREN VALE, SA
InterContinental Adelaide: Riverside Restaurant, The Atrium Lounge and Shiki. North Terrace, Adelaide
NV Alpha Box Zaptung Prosecco – McLaren Vale, SA
The Lane Block 1a Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills SA
2015 Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc – Adelaide Hills, SA
2017 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc – Adelaide Hills, SA
2016 Coriole, Chenin Blanc – McLaren Vale, SA
2015 The Lane Block 5 Shiraz – Adelaide Hills, SA
2015 Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz – McLaren Vale, SA
2017 Alpha Box + Dice Tarot Grenache – McLaren Vale, SA
2012 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz – Barossa Valley SA
2013 Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Coonawarra SA
2015 Yalumba FSW Botrytis viognier – Wrattonbully, SA
Plus Vegan Champagne You Need To Know About (also available at InterContinental Adelaide)
2005 Dom Perignon – Champagne, France
NV Krug Grande Cuvee – Champagne, France