Founded in 2017 by long time vegan & wine expert Frances Gonzalez. Vegan Wines and Despacito Distributors focuses on providing high quality vegan wines from soil to bottle.
For our founder Frances, it all started during a trip to France. During a wine tasting tour, Frances noticed the guide mentioned egg whites were used during the fining process of the wine. For the first time she learned that animal products are often used in wine making; particularly in the soils and fining process.
During industrial wine production, some growers may utilize soil fertilization sources from slaughterhouses.
Byproducts such as bone meal, blood, and manure may be used
Green Manure is comprised of cover crops, last years harvest, and other vegetal sources that are used to enrich and fertilize the soil.
Vegan Wines ensures that producers do not use animal products in the soil. This is not a standard practice in the Plant Based wine niche.
This process removes the cloudy look, so the wine is clear and vivid.
Fining agents have typically been derived from albumen which contain:
- egg whites
- milk protein called casein
- fish oil and bladders
- chitin from crustacean shells
- gelatin — a protein obtained by boiling the skin, bones and tissues of
Feeding massive amounts of frain and water to farmed animals and then killing themm and processing, transporting, and storing their flesh is extremely energy-intensive. And forest — which absorb greenhouse gases — are cut down in order to supply pastureland and grow crops fro farmed animals. FInally, the animals themselves and all the manure that they produce release even more greenhouse gses intro our atmosphere.
Organic wines are made from grapes grown without chemical additives (and certified as such by government agencies).
Natural wines are fermented without commercial yeast or chemicals.
Biodynamic wines are grown under a set of holistic biodynamic principles and ractices that regard the vineyard as one big living organism.
Sustainable wines are similarly governed by production practices that are ecologically responsible and economically viable.
Vegan wines are free from contact with animal products during production, such as egg white or gelatin used in the fining process. (At Vegan Wines, we consider the fertilization of the soil as well when determining whether wines are vegan.)