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New Year, New You, New Wines?

Posted: 11.1.2023 by The Crafty Vintner

New Year, New You, New Wines?


It’s that time of year again when we all pledge to become better versions of ourselves, vowing to live in the gym and only eat lettuce for the foreseeable. Our reinvigorated health kicks usually involve a post-Christmas detox of alcohol and all of life’s pleasures that are bad for us. If you are taking part in one of the annual January health fads, like Veganuary or Dry January, we want to support you the best way we know how, with wine!


You might be thinking this is completely counter-productive to your New Year’s goals, but with our varied range of vegan, non-alcoholic, organic, low-sulphite and biodynamic wines, we have the perfect selection that will allow you to indulge yourself while remaining focused on your health journey. So still new year, new you, but just more fun and easier to maintain!





Vegan Wine


According to approximately 50% of those who participated in Veganuary 2022 reported improvements to their health, with improved mood and energy levels. With this in mind, we have selected a few of our favourite wines from our large vegan selection to help get you through the month.  




Forrest Estate, Albarino is full and textural, yet refreshing and nicely balanced, with pure New Zealand fruitiness.



Delheim, Sauvignon Blanc is light-toned with an expressive nose of citrus, passion fruit and lime zest notes.



Both wines are the perfect pairing for your vegan salad dinners.





 D’Arenberg, Mouvedre has a creamy texture with hints of dark cherry and bitter chocolate that partner the traditional raspberry, and herb de Provence notes, both on the nose and palate.


Finca Sophenia, Malbec is smooth with complex aromas of plums, ripe cherries and violets, embellished by hints of dried fruits and minty nuances. 


Dreissigacker, Pinot Noir is soft with abundant cherry and strawberry aromas with hints of spicy cinnamon. 



All three wines match perfectly with dark chocolate, for those cosy January nights in.  



 Domaine of the Bee Pink, Grenache is dry and refreshing, with delicate fruit flavours of raspberry, nectarine and sweet melon. 


Lunaria Ramoro Pinot Grigio is intensely fresh, floral and fruity with ethereal hints. 


Both wines pair well with bean and root vegetable dishes, ideal for your vegan Sunday Roasts. 






Petit Guiraud Sauternes is light, floral and feminine, packed with fresh flavours of grapefruit, passion fruit and pineapple; superb with any January sweet treat you allow yourself.



Shop our full Vegan Range


Non-Alcoholic Wine


Following the over-indulgence of the festive period, many of us embark on an alcohol detox known as ‘Dry January’. Here at Crafty we have a selection of non-alcoholic wines, meaning your social life doesn’t have to suffer at the hands of your sobriety.





Dr Loosen Alcohol Free Riesling is fruity and refreshingly crisp.


McGuigan Zero Sauvignon has hints of gooseberry and citrus fruits with tropical flavours and a generous body and length. 








McGuigan Zero Shiraz has subtle spice and vanilla notes to compliment the sweet forest berry characters delivering a sweet and balanced finish.




McGuigans Zero Rose is aromatic and vibrant, with scents of garden flowers and fresh strawberries and citrus fruits. 





Freixenet 0.0% is light and fresh with aromas of citrus, apple and flowers.


Sobr Sparkling is a delightful crisp and fresh sparkling reisling.  


Organic Wine


Organic produce is the best way to maximise the benefits of your new year’s health journey, and we have a varied selection of organic wines to help ensure you’ve got every aspect of your diet covered.


Organic wine is made using organic grapes. This means that during the winemaking process there are no chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers or genetically modified grapes used.






Nuevo Mundo Sauvignon Blanc has hints of smokiness with potent aromas of lemongrass and cucumber.



Domaine du Grapillon, Vacqueras Blanc is fresh and complex, with fruity notes of peach, pear, vanilla and honey expressions.






Piedra Negra Alto Malbec is soft and smooth with flavours of ripe red fruits and coffee.



Finca Antigua Organic Red Blend is complex, fresh and fruity with currant and blackberry, and aromas of clove and pepper.



Shop our full Organic Range


Low-Sulphite Wine


Our selection of low-sulphite wines are ideal for those trying to lower their in-take of preservatives. Given the nature of low-sulphite wines our list comprises of mostly red wines.


Here are a few of our favourite low-sulphite wines that we think will fit perfectly into your January health kick.




Trinity Hill `Homage` Gimblett Gravels Syrah is beautifully aromatic with five spice, blackberry and intense red fruits combining with notes of roasted nuts and toasted brioche.


Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, Heirloom Vineyards is well-balanced with aromas of cherries, red berries, plums and notes of forest floor, mint and spice.


Lunaria Civitas Pecorino is rich, with nutty flavours and a crisp finish, with blossom, white fruits and hints of herbaceousness on the nose.



Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon `Côte du Py` has intense aromas of fresh red cherry and plum fruit and a rich and deeply concentrated palate with finely-tuned tannins and a long mineral finish.


Pike and Joyce Rapide Pinot Noir has flavours of fresh strawberry and dark cherry fruits with just a hint of oak, and “foresty” notes of damp earth.



Shop our full Low-Sulphite Range


Biodynamic Wine


If as part of your new year new you mantra you are taking care of the environment’s health as well as your own, then we have a selection of wines that will fit perfectly with your new eco-consciousness.


Biodynamic wine is free of any synthetic or foreign agents and is therefore the most natural of all wines and the most representative of the vineyard.


Our Lunaria range is vegan, organic, low in sulphites and biodynamic. We stock four types of this range; Ramoro Pinot Grigio; Civitas Pecorino; Bucefalo; Coste de Moro.




Bucefalo is rich, warm and fruity with beautiful hints of red fruit and black cherry jam aromas with hints of almonds. The palate is slightly sweet with a lot of depth and almond flavours.



Coste di Moro has hints of black cherries and toasted oak. Flavours of cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla with chewy tannins.



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