Gone are the days of the best vegan option on a menu being rice and a side salad! In 2018 the difficulty in being Vegan comes from being spoilt for choice and the wine industry has been taking notes. More and more vineyards are moving towards a style of winemaking that takes the environment into consideration with it’s production.

At The New Zealand Cellar we’re proud to offer over 50 vegan wines of varying grapes and we would love for you to try some of these wines at your next vegan dinner party.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris & Spicy Vegan Tacos.

Mt Difficulty now owns some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. The vine age gives the wines extra complexity and concentration. This can be found in the Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, where it’s creamy texture and subtle sweetness will balance the spice and diversity of flavours from the tacos wonderfully. Don’t forget a salsa that has some kick!

Millton La Cote Pinot Noir & Mushroom Bolognese.

The savoury flavours and dark cherry & juniper berry of the Millton Pinot Noir will work nicely alongside the garlic and salty aspects in this dish. Millton happens to be the first producer in New Zealand to gain Bio-Gro certification for organic wine production in 1989, and later gained the biodynamic certification Demeter in 2009.

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc & Green Vegetable Salad.

The Seresin philosophy is to work with the natural elements in their wine production. When Seresin Estate began in 1992, organics was a founding principle, with the entire estate now farmed biodynamically.

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc goes well with so many meals, so make it a healthy one by combining asparagus, zucchini and broccoli salad with pine nuts, pomegranate and a sesame seed dressing. The zest and crispy nature of this wine will go down a treat with the herbaceous flavours of the veges.