Spier is on a mission to make all their wines Vegan and they are the first winery in the world to receive the Control Union Vegan Standard certification. So far, four of their six ranges (Seaward, Creative Block, 21 Gables, and Frans K Smit) are certified Vegan.
Spier vegan wine
Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest winefarms, with a focus on sustainable farming practices. The Spier farm is organically certified, as the fruit, vegetables and vines on the farm are all grown free from artificial fertiliser or pesticides. Spier also recycles their black- and grey-water, and 98% of their solid waste is recycled.
Veganism is a lifestyle motivated by one or more of the following reasons: health, environment (carbon footprint reduction), and ethics (preventing animal exploitation and suffering). When you consider Spier’s current practices, moving to vegan wines is a natural progression. And Spier wanted their customers to be assured that the wine really is vegan, by getting a Vegan Standard certification from the Control Union.
The Control Union is an international certification and inspection company. It has certified the Spier Vegan Wine, since the Control Union has inspected the wine making process from beginning to end, and their certification assures me that no animal products were used during the making of the wine!
To celebrate their recent Vegan Certification, Spier sent me a bottle of their Vegan 2019 Seaward Chardonnay and a bottle of their Vegan 2019 Creative Block 2 which is a 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Sémillon.
Many people assume (I did once too) that all wine is vegan as it is made from grapes. What people don’t know is that many wineries still use animal ingredients (casein, egg whites, gelatin, fish bladder protein, etc.) during the winemaking process, in order to make the wine clear and bright. Luckily for us Vegans, there are wineries like Spier, which have moved to vegan friendly alternatives instead, which do not alter the taste of the wine.
Where to buy?
You can buy Spier wine at most liquor stores, as well as at the Spier Winery in Stellenbosch, and on their website, where you can get 15% off if you join their wineclub. I’m planning on going for a wine tasting at the Spier Winery soon, so that I can try the rest of the vegan wines!
Have you tried any of the vegan Spier wines? What is your favourite? Let me know in a comment below. If you’d like to see more of the food & beverage products I have tried, have a look here. Or look at my directory for a list of all the awesome green vegan products I use and love.
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