Wine can be contaminated with gluten, depending on how the wine is made. Here is a list of gluten-free wines and wines to avoid.
The reason for contamination is that some winemakers use wheat flour to caulk the wine aging barrels. Some winemakers use gluten as a clarifying agent for the wine. How much, if any, gluten ends up in the wine in either of these cases is unclear, but rather than taking the risk, you will wan to avoid these wines if you get gluten allergy symptoms or have celiac disease.
In the case of using gluten to clarify wine, note that there are alternatives, including egg whites and isinglass (made from fish bladders). Either of these would render a wine unsuitable for vegans, so I suggest you avoid wine marked as suitable for vegans.
Note that this list is not and never will be complete. The purpose of this article is two-fold:
- Inform you that some wines are gluten-contaminated.
- Provide a list of some wines you can drink and others you must avoid.
* Information about wines marked with an asterisk (*) are based on reader comments and have not been double-checked.
This article contains three lists:
Gluten Free Wine (Certified)
Gluten Free Wine (Probably)
- Yellowtail *
Gluten Contaminated Wine
- Woodbridge *
If any wine has given you gluten allergy symptoms, or if you’ve discovered a wine that you know to be gluten free, please leave a comment with the name of the wine, the vineyard, and contact information for the vineyard if known..
Gluten and Wine Further Reading
Wine-o-scope and The Problem of Gluten in Wine