Is This Wine Vegan?

Shawn Arron
August 10, 2017

With many of us becoming more health conscious these days, here at MCS we have fielded several inquiries regarding whether our wines are vegan or not. It so happens, many of our wines are, indeed vegan, and most vegetarian.

Wait, you may be saying to yourselves, I thought wine was made from grapes!

Of course it is. However, animal products can potentially come into play during the filtering and fining process. Isinglass (derived from fish bladders) is a common fining agent in the making of quality sparkling, rosé and white wines. Egg whites and casein are often used in the making of red wine to soften bitter phenolics.

Then there is the issue of biodynamic wines. Perhaps the wine is unfined and unfiltered and therefore vegetarian and vegan, but what does one do philosophically about the cow horns that are used in the silica and manure preparations? Does this fall within acceptable parameters? And what about the use of draught horses? Does the use of a horse in the vineyard for work violate violate any tenets?

We do not have the answers for these questions, but we did ask many of our producers about their fining and filtration agents. It turns out, that among those who do filtration and/or fining, many of the MCS producers prefer diatomaceous earth (called kieselguhr in French), plaque (a plant derived material) or a simple micron filter.

Here is a partial list of wines that vegans and vegetarians should feel comfortable drinking:



Champagne Michel Gonet

Champagne Joseph Perrier



Domaine Emile Beyer-(Cow horns used for biodynamic prep, wines are vegan)

Domaine Camille Braun-(Cow horns used for biodynamic prep, wines are vegan)


Rhône Valley:

Domaine Nicolas & Marlène Chevalier

Domaine Raspail-Ay

Domaine Chamfort

Domaine du Grand Tinel



Château Sainte-Eulalie-(Vegetarian only- use egg whites for fining)

Secret de L'Enfer (Vegetarian only, egg whites used in fining)



Domaine Jacques Girardin

Domaine Guy Amiot & Fils

Domaine René Leclerc

Domaine Gille

Domaine Jean-Marie Bouzereau

Domaine Marc Colin (Uses horses for ploughing)

Domaine Gilles Noblet

Domaine des Vieilles Caves

Domaine Les Fines Graves

Domaine M. Lapierre


Loire Valley:

Thierry Delaunay-La Vignette and Le Grand Ballon

Domaine Roger & Christophe Moreux

Domaine Dozon/Eric Santier

Domaine de la Racauderie/Jean-Michel Gautier

Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau-(Cow horns used for biodynamic prep, wines are vegan)

Domaine des Quatre Routes/Henri Poiron



Château Armandière

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