Vegan wines are simply wines made with no animal products. During the winemaking process, sediment is often removed from the wine by filtration and fining agents, some of which are made from casein, a protein found in milk. Winemakers can either choose to use plant-based fining agents, or not to at all, as is the case with some natural wines that take on an unusual cloudy appearance.
Vegan wines - Timo Mayer
Timo Mayer left Germany years ago for the Yarra Valley, where he farms his own 2.5 hectare plot and also works as head winemaker at renowned producer Gembrook Hill. All his wines come from his Bloody Hill vineyard, named for its incredible steepness (making it bloody difficult to work). Timo’s style promotes elegance and purity over muscle and showiness, and his are some of Australia’s best Pinot Noirs. He likes to refer to himself as “just a farmer”, but he’s pretty legendary, and those who have met him agree.