Vegan in the Vineyards – Vegan Wine Australia – the Tamar Valley

Vegan in the Vineyards – Vegan Wine Australia – the Tamar Valley

We just came back from a 3 month trip to Tasmania, where we had the chance to taste some incredible vegan wine. Australia has some of the best wines in the world, but unfortunately many vineyards choose to use animal products in the manufacturing process, making them off-limits to those on a cruelty-free diet.

Vegan Wine in Australia

If you were surprised to read that wine could be non-vegan, join the club. I was horrified to discover that some of my favourite drinks were off limits, as I added wine to my ever growing ‘why the hell do they add animals to that anyway’ list (alongside toothpaste, orange juice and Worcestershire sauce…)

The reason that there is non vegan wine in Australia is due to fining, a late stage process of wine-making where things are added to the end product to remove impurities and to produce a clearer finish. The wine industry use eggs, dairy and fish products for this step, and although no traces of the fining agent remains in the finished product, animals were exploited along the way.

Vegan wine in Australia - the Tamar Valley
Tamar Valley vines

The good news is that it’s not at all necessary to use these products in wine making. When winemakers use alternatives to animal products in the fining process what occurs is not only a drink of kindness, but quite often an all round superior, organic product.

Tasmania has arguably some of Australia’s best cool climate wines, with Pinot Noir being the local specialty. The Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s oldest wine growing region and surrounds Launceston in the northern part of the state.

There are lots of vineyards and cellar doors in the area, producing some of the best vegan wine in Australia. On our way around the region we contacted as many as possible to find out what their vegan offerings were. The results are below (drum roll please…)

Joseph Cromy Wines
Award winning restaurant and cellar door presenting one of Tasmania’s best food and wine experiences. Their Pinot Noirs are vegan-friendly and their chef will prepare vegan food if notified in advance.

Stoney Rise Wine Company / Holyman
Joe Holyman, the winemaker at this vineyard, is regarded as one of Australia’s best. He also produces some of the best vegan wine in Australia. All the wines at this vineyard are vegan, delicious and need to be tasted! The view from the cellar door is beautiful, and Lou looked after us like royalty at the cellar door.

Vegan wine in Australia - the Tamar Valley
The view from Stoney Rise

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard
A family-owned vineyard, all white wines are produced without fining agents so are vegan-friendly. Their restaurant in the century-old cottage also has a dedicated vegan menu.

Dalrymple Vineyards
Producing cool climate wines for over 30 years, all the wines at Dalrymple vineyards are vegan, and the views are as outstanding as the drinks! Cellar door by appointment.

Sinapius Vineyard
Sustainable grape growing and traditional techniques are used at this beautiful family owned vineyard, with many vegan choices on offer. You can choose from their 2017 Chardonnay, 2018 Rosé, 2018 Esmé Rouge (Gamay) and their two close planted 2016 Pinot Noirs (La Clairiére and The Enclave). These wines are all made from grapes grown on their small 4 hectare estate without any additions and are un-fined and un-filtered.  No food on offer at this venue – it’s all about the wine!

Moore’s Hill
Visit Tasmania’s first off-grid winery and taste two incredible vegan wines – the 2018 Pinot Gris and 2018 Rosé which use plant-based fining agents.
They can serve a vegan tasting platter at the cellar door by request, using organic micro salad, walnuts, olive oil, pickles and relishes with sourdough bread. 

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Non-vegan Vineyards
The following vineyards do not offer any vegan wine or food – Sharmans, Providence, Wines for Joanie, Brook Eden, Delamere, Bay of Fires, Jansz. All of their wines use animal products in the fining process. Hopefully they soon catch up and join the growing legion of vegan wine in Australia!

You can read more about the Tamar Valley Wine Region on this website. The vineyards listed above all have vegan-friendly options, omission from this list does not mean non-vegan, as some vineyards did not get back to us. Call ahead to double check.

There are 3 more wine regions in Tasmania, stay tuned as we find out more of the best vegan wine around the state.

If you’re looking for vegan food in Launceston don’t miss Veg Out on Charles, who serve incredible 100% plant-based food and treats.

If you’re touring Tasmania then a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a must for all animal lovers. Run by vegans, they do incredible work around Tasmania for native wildlife, and are helping the endangered Tasmanian Devil.

Looking for your next holiday read? Check out some of these must read books for vegans.

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