We are quite partial to a drop of good quality red wine and in the ‘spirit’ of keeping it local we wanted to be able to sample Portuguese vegan wines whilst we were here. So on our first visit four years ago, we did some research beforehand and identified, sought out and have sampled several ever since. Here are some of our favourites (all red as that is what we prefer);
Quinto de Esteveira (Douro region) – Vegan and organic – approximately €5.50
The bonus with this one is it is cheap but that means no less when it comes to flavour as it is one of our favourites. We found this one in a health food store called BioViver in Aljezur (about 40 minutes up the west coast from Sagres).
Quinto do Coa Tinto CARM (Douro region) – Vegan and organic – approximately €10.99
Also available in white. This is one of the more expensive ones so a real treat normally but it is a very tasty example. We are able to find this in Baptista in Luz and also in the big Intermarche in Lagos. Bizarrely we found this last year in the wine shop in Wadebridge in Cornwall but it was about £15 a bottle there which kind of pushes the boundaries of treats to a once a year sheer indulgence.
Carm Classico Tinto Douro – Vegan and organic – approximately €7
Also available in rose. The second cheapest choice we have found amongst our favourites and we like to say there is ‘no harm in a Carm’! It goes down very well. We have found this in Baptista in Luz and also the big Intermarche in Lagos.
Casa de Mouraz Tinto Dao – Vegan, organic and biodynamic – approximately €8
Also available in white and rose. Probably our least favourite of our favourites but still very tasty regardless. We have found this in the big Intermarche in Lagos but also in the nearest Intermarche to our campsite at Budens.
Quinta do Crasto - Vegan - approximately €9.50
We found this only this year in the Lagos Intermarche and only sampled it this very evening. Not quite as fruity and smooth as the others but it still went down very well indeed with our evening meal.
We have also found reference to the following wines being vegan on the internet but we have been unable to find these as yet –
Quinto de Comenda
Anything from the Cooperative Cellar of Covilha