"en vie d'éphémère" awarded as "Best Champagne" with the "Vegan Food Award 2020" by PETA.
Since 2019, the Vegan Food Award has honored innovative plant-based products that are rarely found in vegan-friendly versions. "en vie d'éphémère proves that animal welfare, health and environmental protection can be combined in a delicious end product." (Frank Schmidt, Head of Corporate Affairs bei PETA) .
But champagne is made from grapes, how can they not be vegan? We clarify the most important questions!
Is champagne not always vegan?
In most cases, no. The reason is the clarification of champagne (also called "fining" or "filtration"). Before clarification, still wine, which later becomes champagne through a second fermentation process, is cloudy.
To remove the turbidity and get a clear champagne, animal products are usually used. These products ensure that the turbid matter binds and settles at the bottom, so that the now clear champagne wine can be pumped off from the top and later filled into the bottle for the second fermentation.
With which animal products is champagne usually clarified?
Chicken protein, fish bladder and gelatin from animals such as pigs or cattle are still often used. The clarifying agents are removed again with the bound turbidity, but not without residue. For allergy sufferers, for example, with fish allergy, with fish bladder clarified champagne can be problematic.
What vegan alternatives are there?
The vegan alternatives range from vegetable protein from wheat or peas, to mineral clay to activated carbon.
What is used in the production of en vie?
We use mineral clay and cellulose.
The vegan clarification does not affect the taste of the champagne. The characteristics of the champagne (color, taste, etc.) depends on many factors and is ultimately a matter of art of the manufacturer. The vegetable and mineral products for clarification are in a different price range than animal means.
Other than that, there are no significant differences.
You don't have to be a vegan to realize that animal products are unnecessary in champagne. Or don't you find the thought of fish in your finely sparkling glass kind of absurd, too? With en vie d'éphémère you can be sure to please even your friends with allergies and alternative diets..