“Do you have any vegan wine?”
For anyone selling wine in restaurants, pubs and bottle shops, you’ve probably heard this question before.
And really, we shouldn’t be surprised - according to Euromonitor stats, Australia is the third fastest growing country for veganism in the world. Indeed vegetarian eating as a whole is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Roy Morgan research estimates 2.5 million people in 2019 (10% of the total Australian population) now eats all or almost all vegetarian.
Although the number of actual vegans is hard to get a fix on, Vegan Australia estimates that there are about 400,000 to 500,000 of them in the country, which translates to 2% of the total population - a not insignificant amount (and growing).
Given these stats, you can guarantee that vegan wine is here to stay.
But there’s another question to be answered here - why isn’t wine vegan in the first place?