What You Need To Know About Blue Wine
Spanish company Gik Live is behind this special drink, producing it through a pigmentation process. A base is created by mixing red and white grapes, and then two organic pigments (indigo and anthocyanin) are added. The latter is actually taken from the skin of the grapes used to make the wine – which seems nicely waste-conscious to us here at Pure Spain.
There’s no added sugar in the wine, with the Gik team explaining this is because sugar ferments and turns into alcohol inside the bottle, as well as the fact that excessive fast carbs can lead to weight issues but non-calorific sweeteners are a healthier choice.
As they say on their website: “We are not vintners. We are creators. So we sought the most traditional and closed minded industry out there. Once having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the colour to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.”
According to the New York Times, however, the tipple has caused a few regulatory problems in Spain, with the creators being hit with a fine from the Agriculture Ministry because it violated wine regulations.
Since production began, more than 120,000 bottles have been sold – but more than half of these have been outside the EU in places like Brazil, South Korea and Japan. In the EU, however, blue is not an approved colour of wine!