Most vinegars are gluten-free. Some examples of gluten-free vinegars include:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Distilled vinegar/grain vinegar/spirit vinegar/white vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Wine vinegar/grape vinegar

Note that plain distilled vinegars are gluten-free even when made from gluten-containing grains. Gluten is removed during the distillation process rendering the final product gluten-free.

Malt vinegar, which is usually made from barley but may also be made from rye  and called rye vinegar, is not gluten-free. Malt or rye vinegar is not safe for those with celiac disease. It is not distilled and contains gluten.

Other vinegars that may contain gluten include:

  • Flavored vinegars – may contain malt or wheat, read the ingredient label carefully
  • Asian rice vinegars – may contain wheat, will be listed on the ingredient label


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Reviewed October 14, 2022.