We can always find a good reason to pop open a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine to celebrate but are those joyous bubbles vegan? Some may find that an odd question, how is sparkling wine not vegan? Are they secretly adding cow to these lovely libations?
Well, not quite; some wines are made with non-vegan clarifying agents during the production process, including gelatin and egg whites.
It will be nearly impossible to determine which wine is processed with such ingredients by just looking at the bottle, making your shopping trip frustrating. But, have no fear; we have the perfect vegan sparkling wine and champagne guide to help ease your shopping woes.
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A Little Background on Sparkling Wine
Great sparkling wines come from all over the world, but a few countries shine above the rest. It is important to note that not all sparkling wines are “Champagne.” To have this designation, the sparkling wine must come from the Champagne region of France. France is undoubtedly known for wine — there are 11 dominant wine regions. Winemaking is an art in France with a long history, definitely worth a trip for further exploration.
In Italy, sparkling wine is referred to as Prosecco; in Spain, it is called Cava; and in Portugal, it is called Espumante. Italy is a fascinating country when it comes to wine. There are around 2,000 different native grade varieties in the country, so it is quite a task to master Italian wines. Less than 400 varieties are used today to produce wine commercially. Nevertheless, for many reasons, Italy is home to some interesting wines.
While different regions use different grapes and names to describe their sparkling wine — one thing they all have in common is the bubbles.
These bubbles make this beverage the perfect accompaniment to any meal or celebration. The bubbles serve as a universal palate cleanser which helps make it more approachable for various types of cuisine.
And, who doesn’t like bubbles?
This is a bit of a generalization; of course, some of these bubbles will be sweeter, like a Prosecco, and some a bit more yeasty/savory, like a Champagne. But, in general, bubbles are a safe bet when you’re struggling to find the right wine to pair with a meal.
To help you on your next shopping trip, here is a list of vegan Champagnes from France and vegan sparkling wines from Spain, Italy, and Portugal that you should consider picking up!
French Vegan Champagne
If you’re looking for a vegan Champagne, you can’t go wrong with one of these five. You will pay more for Champagne — $50 per bottle and up.
- Lanson Black Label Brut
- Moet & Chandon Imperial
- Tattinger Brut Réserve
- Veuve Clicquot Brut
Italian Vegan Prosecco
Expect to pay anywhere from $10 and up for a bottle of Prosecco. The more approachable price point doesn’t mean you will have a lower value. These wines are just more approachable because of their production methods.
- Costellore Prosecco Spumante DOC
- Fillipo Sansovino Millesimato Prosecco Brut
- Dino Prosecco DOC
- Bellissima Prosecco
- La Farra Prosecco DOC
- Zardetto Prosecco
- Ziobaffa Prosecco
- Bartenura Prosecco
- Canti Prosecco DOC Frizzante
- Borgoluce Lampo Prosecco
Spanish Vegan Cava
Like a Prosecco, expect to pay anywhere from $10 and up for a nice bottle of Cava. Again, you won’t be sacrificing flavor as these wines use different methods from Champagne. However, one reason for such a variance in price is that Cava, Prosecco, and Espumate do not have the same credibility as Champagne and fall victim to not being as fancy. Therefore, they are less in demand, and the price point reflects this.
- Brut Nature Sparkling from Kind of Wild Wines (only available online)
- Cava from Jaume Giro i Giro
- Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose
- Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva
- Freixenet Organic Cava
- Albet i Noya Cava Brut Nature
- Dibon Cava Brut Reserve
- Vallformosa Organic Cava Brut NV
Portuguese Vegan Espumante
I am a massive fan of any wine from Portugal. This is a wine region from the old world that is often overlooked. Wines from Portugal are a bit more challenging to find, but they are a great value and delicious when you do.
- Avesso Espumante Bruto
- Casa de Vilacenthino Espumante Bruto
- Casa de Vilacenthino Espumante Meio Seco
Check Out The Vegan Wine Lineup from Kind of Wild
Additional Vegan Wine Resources & Where to Shop
- Trader Joes — this is one of my favorite places to go for any type of wine because they label which wines are vegan on the wine signs!
- The Tree Kisser — a great resource to find all types of vegan wine
- PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) — vegan wine guide
- Barnivore — interested in more than just vegan wine? Barnivore has a great guide to vegan beer, wine and liquor.