Many wine lovers the world over don’t realise that traditional winemaking practices mean that most wine isn’t actually vegan. And who can blame them? It’s not something winemakers readily talk about.
Animal by-products are commonly used in the wine clarification process, known as fining. Typical fining agents include fish bladder protein, egg whites, gelatin and milk protein. While the ingenuity of winemakers of nearly two centuries ago never ceases to impress us, we’ve found a more sustainable way forward.
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