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The best vegan wines for Veganuary

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It’s no secret that the vegan movement is gaining momentum year on year with over half a million participants pledging to go vegan in 2021, and that figure set to rise significantly in 2022. The plant powered pledge promoted through Veganuary each year sees people commit to exploring the wonderful world of veganism for 31 days throughout January, with many choosing to continue after. Now, a vegan lifestyle is easier than ever to enjoy, with new vegan friendly products landing every week, more and more restaurants launching plant-based menus to tempt even the most avid meat eaters, and big names sharing the vision for a vegan world.

As the benefits of a vegan lifestyle become more widespread, more and more people are opting to cut out, or reduce, their meat and dairy consumption. Reasons cited for this range from animals and the environment to health benefits, but whatever your reason you’ll be making a difference. It’s exciting discovering new products, trying new recipes and visiting new eateries, but it can also be a minefield when you first make the switch.

 

Knowing key ingredients and products to look out for when shopping really helps. Whilst wine may not be the first thing that springs to mind as potentially non-vegan, there are a couple of things to look out for. Read our handy guide below to find out more and discover which of our award-winning wines make the perfect vegan friendly tipple.

Wine is just made from grapes though – isn’t it?

Yes! The ingredients in wine are usually vegan friendly, however the winemaking process isn’t always so. In order to clean the juice before fermentation, some wineries use gelatine to remove suspended solids post pressing of the grapes. However, here at Bolney we are making an ongoing effort to ensure we have a range of vegan friendly wines to choose from.

Many wines will be labelled as vegan or vegan friendly on the label now, and for those that aren’t, a quick check on the producer’s website or an email to them will clarify this so you can pour yourself a glass and enjoy!

So which Bolney wines are vegan friendly?

Plenty of our English wines are suitable for vegans, as well as our Bolney Estate Gin. Read on below to discover our vegan range, as well as the perfect food matches for each.

Lychgate Red

 

A medium-bodied dry red wine with earthy aromas, hedgerow fruits and black cherry. The palate shows ripe blackberry and black pepper flavours held together with soft tannic structure.

 

Pairs perfectly with mushroom stroganoff and BBQ root veg.

 

 

 

Cuvée Noir

 

A unique, traditional method, sweet sparkling red wine. Aromas reminiscent of red fruits, especially red cherry, redcurrants, and sweet blueberries. On the palate, this sparkling red has a wonderful creamy richness and full-bodied mousse, packed full of ripe summer fruits, with a hint of sweet spice on the finish.

 

Makes a mouthwatering match for dark chocolate mousse and fruit cake.

Winemaker’s Edition

 

A well-balanced, medium-bodied red wine with smoky aromas, black pepper, and dark cherry. The palate shows earthy notes complemented by blackberry and dark chocolate, offering a good tannic structure making it a perfect wine for ageing.

 

Goes well with beetroot ragu lasagne.

Pinot Noir

 

A beautiful cool climate Pinot Noir. This rich English red is well-balanced with ripe red fruits, coffee, and smoky aromas. Leather and earthy notes complement cherry and dark chocolate, with a complexity that makes this red perfect for ageing.

 

Try with sautéed sprouts, chestnuts and orange zest, served over a quinoa salad.

Bolney Estate Gin

 

A classic, dry English gin. Its vibrant freshness of lemon oil and fennel is delicately balanced with hints of bay and juniper. As richly scented as a country hedgerow, it has an earthy, floral depth and a spiciness on the nose and finish. It gives a natural zing to a G&T and a satisfying heart to any cocktail.

 

Wonderful in a G&T or Espresso Martini.