The award-winning British wine company, Proudly Vegan Wines, has announced that distribution of their 100% animal-free wines will commence this summer in the USA. The wines premiered in the US during Veganuary this year at the first plant-based Mexican restaurant in San Francisco, Gracias Madre, featuring 100% vegan wine and food pairings.
Parent company Broadland Wineries launched the brand Proudly Vegan Wines in the UK in 2018, where it has since won numerous awards and earned listings in leading UK retailers and vegan restaurants.
Master of Wine and Proudly Vegan wine director, Dr Arabella Woodrow, hosted an audience of sommeliers and vegan influencers for the American launch event In January. The 2018 vintage range of Proudly Vegan Wines includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, a Merlot from Chile’s Central Valley and a Prosecco.
Data showing a 600 % increase in the number of vegans in the U.S.A in the last 3 years and that a further 39% of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods is encouraging global vegan companies to look at supplying their products to the states. Wines often contain animal products including casein, gelatin and isinglass (a fish product), that can be used at various stages of the viticultural and winemaking processes. Broadland Wineries even ensure the ink and glue in the labels make the vegan grade.
Dr Woodrow says, “There is no reason why vegans shouldn’t enjoy great wine and be 100% confident that the liquid is in line with their diet and lifestyle, without sacrificing quality or authenticity. Vegan foods and flavours are so diverse and deserve an equally varied range of wines to pair with them, at an accessible price point.”