Altano Douro Red is Not Vegan Friendly

by Symington Family Estates
Address: Travessa Barão de Forrester 86 Apartado 26
Vila Nova de Gaia, 4431-901
Phone: +351 22 377 6332
Fax: +351 22 377 6301
Checked by: Simon
Double checked by: Carolyne, Sundar, Rebbekah, Rache, Steve
Added: 6 months ago

Note: Cockburn's is owned by Pernod Ricard, a major funder of bullfighting.

Company email (November 2017) re: Cockburn’s Special Reserve
"No, we don’t use or have any animal or animal ingredients in our production process... All the Wines are bottled exclusively in Vila Nova de Gaia – Portugal."

Company email (July 2017) re Atlano
"Regarding your question about the use of animal products in the fining process, we are pleased to inform you that Altano Douro DOC Red may be fined with pork gelatin. All the other Altano wines are suitable for the consumption by Vegan and Vegetarians."

Company email (December 2015):

"Regarding your question about the Port wines suitable for a Vegan diet we are pleased to introduce you to a portfolio of wines suitable for consumption by Vegans and Vegetarians, whose price quality ratio is very satisfactory and that You will surely appreciate.

"You can try and appreciate:

* Vintage Ports from all our brands: Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s, Warre’s, Smith Woodhouse and Quinta do Vesúvio
* Single Quinta Vintage Ports
** Graham’s - Quinta dos Malvedos
** Dow’s - Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira and Quinta do Bomfim
** Warre’s - Quinta da Cavadinha
** Cockburn’s - Quinta dos Canais
** Smith Woodhouse - Madalena
* Crusted Ports – Graham’s and Dow’s
* Warre’s and Smith Woodhouse – Bottled Matured LBV Port (Late Bottled Vintage Port)"

Company email (October 2015):
"...we are pleased to inform you that, except Bottled Matured Ports, namely Vintage Ports, Single Quinta Vintage Ports and crusted Ports, Port wines may be fined with Pork Gelatin and Bentonite. Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port may be fined with Pork Gelatin and Bentonite."

Company email (August 2015):
"In response to your query, two of Cockburn’s Ports, Cockburn’s Vintage Port and Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais Single Quinta Vintage Port are suitable for vegans. All other styles of Cockburn’s Port (ruby, tawny, white, LBV and Special Reserve) could potentially contain traces of products unsuitable for vegans."

Company email (April 2013):
"Regarding your question we would like to inform that during the production of Dows Fine Ruby Port more precisely at the fining step it is only used Gelatine from porcine origin. Please note that this is not an ingredient but a processing aid. No other product from animal source is used."

Company email (December 2011):
"In fact, some of the premium Ports (modern LBV, Reserves, Aged Tawnies) are fined with egg components. Those are suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

Almost all the standard Ports are fined with animal products (Ruby, Tawny, White).

Anyway, you can enjoy all the Bottle Matured Ports, those are not fined, clarified or filtered:

Vintage Port
Quinta Vintage Port
Bottle Aged Late Bottled Vintage (also designated as Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage)

Examples of very good Ports you can drink:
Dow’s Vintage Port
Warre’s Vintage Port
Cockburn’s Vintage Port
Graham’s Vintage Port
Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port
Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port
Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais Vintage Port
Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port
Warre’s Bottle Aged LBV
Smith Woodhouse Bottle Matured LBV

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