Allergens, Vegetarian & Vegan Products

There are a few products that are used in the production of wine that you need to be aware of should you be allergic to them or are vegetarian or vegan. Click the links below to see our range.

Vegetarian Products - Vegan Products

Information on Allergins

Milk & Eggs Milk and egg whites can be used to filter wine or remove tannin. These may be used in the production of vegetarian wines, but vegan wines will not contain them. 

Isinglass This is made from fish swim bladders and is used to fine wine. This will not be used in either vegetarian or vegan wines.

Nuts Sometimes winemakers will add tannin to a wine, and this may be derived from nuts.

Sulphites 'Sulphites' is a term for sulphur dioxide (SO2) which is a preservative widely used in winemaking but is also a natural by product of the yeast metabolism during fermentation. Therefore, even a wine that has not had SO2 added can still contain sulphates.

Am I allergic to sulphites? Well we aren't doctors, so we'd suggest that you visit one. However, if you eat any of these foods and are fine, it is unlikely you are allergic to sulphites as they contain far more SO2 than wine does: dried fruits, fruit yoghurts, bottled lemon juice, fruit juices and jams. Also breads and food items containing vinegar such as mayonnaise, pickles or sauces, processed potatoes, potato starches, anything containing stock cubes or dried onions, dried mushrooms or dried garlic.

The main symptoms of sulphite allergy include wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea, stomach cramps, low blood pressure, tingling sensations, shock and loss of consciousness - very rarely a headache.

So what am I allergic to? The likelihood is that you are allergic to Amines. These are formed by the breakdown of proteins in food and if you are allergic, these can cause sever headaches. Wine can contain higher concentrations of these than foods like cheese (particularly aged), horseradish, chocolate and fish.

ALL allergen advice given on this website is based on the information given to us by our suppliers and producers. We advise that you independently research each product fully yourself before you purchase from this website to protect yourself from consuming a product you do not wish or are allergic to.  By purchasing wines from St Andrews Wine Company, you acknowledge that St Andrews Wine Company Ltd and any of its affiliated companies are not liable for any allergic reaction and/or consumption of a product that goes against any lifestyle or dietary choice.
Sold outChateau Haut Rian Rouge 2016 37.5cl
"A bright fresh red with sweeter blackberry fruit. The palate has the cabernet noticeable with earthy, veggie fruit coming through. Very soft, gentle tannin and a little spice on the finish." Peter's Points: 88 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle...
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Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2019 37.5cl
"Bright with lovely apricot aromas and then some peach skin and citrus on the palate. A really lovely fresh and clean style of white Bordeaux" Peter's Points: 88 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle originate from Champagne and Alsace and...
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Sold outLa Jara Baby Rosato NV 37.5cl
This organic estate nestled in the gentle slopes surrounding the river Piave is distinguished by the soil that lends the estate its name: ‘Jara’, the gravel lining the riverbed and the surrounding hills. This soil absorbs the warmth of the...
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Sold outLa Jara Baby Prosecco NV 37.5cl
This organic estate nestled in the gentle slopes surrounding the river Piave is distinguished by the soil that lends the estate its name: ‘Jara’, the gravel lining the riverbed and the surrounding hills. This soil absorbs the warmth of the...
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Sold outCa di Ponti Nero d'Avola 2016 75cl
Deeply coloured, full-flavoured, spicy red with aromas of wild plum and black cherry accentuating savoury, liquorice characters. The palate combines dark fruit flavours with lightly smoky notes, a hint of bitter chocolate and structured tannins.
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Sold outCa dei Ponti Catarratto 2016 75cl
A delicious and characterful dry white, from a very under-rated grape variety. A ripe, versatile and approachable dry white from western Sicily. Attractive aromatics of floral peach, tropical fruit and a hint of fennel. The rounded and gently honeyed flavours...
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Sold outBorsao Garnacha 2017 75cl
We love the bigger brother of this wine, so we thought we'd find out what the entry offering was from Borsao. It was fab - a medium weight spicy red that is super cheap! Contains Sulphites
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Sold outAraldica Barbera 2017 75cl
"A juicy red with aromas of blackberries, plums and black cherries. These characters follow through to the palate, which has considerable fruit weight along with soft tannins and a savoury spiciness. Refreshing acidity on the finish."  
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Sierra Grande Chardonnay 2015 75cl
Ripe white peaches and mango with a touch of vanilla creaminess on the nose with elegant, tight almost mineral flavours on the palate, no oak, very pure, clean and crisp. Contains Sulphites
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Only 1 leftSierra Grande Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Produced from old vine Sauvignon Blanc grown on the cool, hilly farm of the Martin family, this has fresh, crisp, ripe citrus fruit and is packed with lime zest and kiwi fruit flavours. Think of cool glacial streams and enjoy...
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Sold outFalse Bay "Bush Vine" Pinotage 2014 75cl
Perfect Pinotage - youthful, vibrant and fruity. This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance. An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay...
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Sold outFalse Bay "Old School" Syrah 2017 75cl
Very smart varietal Shiraz, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas and cream, cassis and black cherry flavours on the palate...
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Sold outFalse Bay "Slow" Chenin Blanc 2016 75cl
Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby Fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by...
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Sold outLucha Rocosa Carignan 2018 75cl
This wine is edgy, with good acidity and tannins but also has a lovely purity of blackberry and mulberry fruit. It has a long, fresh finish leaving you wanting more! A cassoulet pairing with this will work brilliantly.
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Sold outThe Listening Station Shiraz 2017 75cl
Soft supple Victorian Shiraz, dangerously moreish by the glass. Bright, aromatic and juicy on the nose with just a touch of naughty bacon fat and white pepper. True to the varietal. This vintage is our brightest, most dangerously drinkable Shiraz...
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Sold outThe Listening Station Malbec 2017 75cl
Intense ripe blackcurrant aromas with aromatic spices, tarragon, then clove and vanilla. Black current and black berry fruit flavours are backed by fine, well structured tannins . The ripe fruit is sumptuous and lingers on the palate with a touch...
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Sold outAlasia Moscato d'Asti 2018 75cl
"Sweet and gently sparkling with delicate aromas of honey, flowers and fresh grapes. On the palate the wine reveals ripe apricot, grape notes and a soft mousse. Delightful refreshing acidity on the finish to balance the sweetness."
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Casa Santos Lima Azulejo Red 2017 75cl
"The aromas are of ripe red fruits with a good balance of oak which is the result of 4 months in oak barrels. It is a very well balanced wine that has a long and pleasant finish." Casa Santos Lima...
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Casa Santos Lima Azulejo White 2017 75cl
"Extremely fresh and aromatic, with tropical and citrus fruit character. It is light-bodied, with crispy fresh lemony and citric notes, fruity balance, excellent definition and fine acidity." Casa Santos Lima is a family owned (4th generation) business with more than...
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Sold outMesta Organic Tempranillo 2017 75cl
A vibrant and juicy, unoaked Tempranillo showing great purity and typicity from high altitude vines. Expressive and well-defined aromas of red berries, rosemary, and a touch of liquorice are echoed on the palate. Fresh, with a rounded texture and excellent...
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Sold outMesta Organic Verdejo 2017 75cl
A crisp, aromatic wine, showing great purity of aromas and a precise expression of the Verdejo variety. Fresh notes of grass, fennel and white pepper lead to a dry and refreshing palate, with excellent balance and a persistent finish with...
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Le Fou Pinot Noir 2018 75cl
Le Fou means 'The Madman', possibly because they are trying to make Pinot Noir in southern France. Thing is, this is fab! No oak, all fruit, lovely. Contains Sulphites
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Emiliana Adobe Carmenere 2019 75cl
Rich cherry fruit, hints of capsicum, clove and black pepper on the nose with a palate of smooth berry fruit, robust and full-bodied with ripe well-balanced tannins and a refreshing sappy flavour to the finish. Contains Sulphites
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A blend of Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Touriga Nacional, this wonderful wine from the Dao is full of ripe cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. One of Portugal's most progressive producers,making wine in five regions from the Douro in the...
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