Where to drink good natural wine in Montreal

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The title of this article should have been “where to drink good wine from winemakers who practice in a low intervention way and produce quality wines”, but it just didn’t have the same vibe.

We also wrote an article about the difference between organic, biodynamic and natural wines with biologist Alex Campbell of the private import house Deux Caves. We didn’t tell you where you could drink them, though. So here are establishments that offer natural and organic wine.

But what’s the difference between natural and organic?

In a nutshell:

  • An organic wine is made with no chemicals or synthetic products. Organic wine is also the broadest category. A biodynamic wine and a natural wine must be organic, but an organic wine is not necessarily natural or biodynamically processed.
  • A biodynamic wine is an organic wine which uses biodynamic processing. Biodynamics does not only apply to wine, it applies to how the entire vineyard is farmed.
  • A natural wine is an organic wine where only a small amount of sulfites are added. The winemakers let the grape juice ferment and do its own thing—that’s it!

For more details on what goes into processed wines, we invite you to read this article.

To find out which establishments serve good natural wine in Montreal, continue reading right here.

Cheers!

Denise

The beloved café-buvette in Parc-Extension serves very good natural wines that go wonderfully with light Asian dishes. A perfect combination to enjoy on Denise’s sunny terrace (in summer) or inside in their intimate space.  

386 Avenue Beaumont
Montréal

BarBara Vin

Under the same roof of this popular Saint-Henri address, you’ll find a café with Italian flair, a well-stocked dispensa, and a wine bar where natural wine flows freely at very affordable prices. We love it!  

4450 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Buvette Pastek

A visit to Pastek is an excellent reason to come down to Old Montreal. Located in the lobby of a boutique hotel on St. Paul Street West, you’ll discover excellent natural wines. They go well with the menu filled with dishes to share!

209 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Montréal

Bar Henrietta

Bar Henrietta is one of the best places to enjoy natural wines at reasonable prices. The list changes frequently and they often have magnums for your group outings!  

115 Avenue Laurier Ouest
Montréal

Buvette Chez Simone

Buvette Chez Simone feels like home, but better! It’s in a warm space that you can drink good organic and natural bottles at reasonable prices. We also invite you to pair your wine with a charcuterie and cheese platter.  

4869 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Bar à Flot

Next to the Buvette chez Simone, Bar à Flot completes the offer with a short but interesting menu of cocktails and beers, as well as nice bottles from small producers.  

4857 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Mitch Deli

The famous Mitch Deli—which serves some of the best sandwiches in Montreal—also offers a selection of natural wines and microbrewery beers! Just like the ingredients used in the kitchen, all the wines on offer are organic.  

2660 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

vinvinvin

Lovers of good natural wine must add vinvinvin to their address book. In the image of the lively and colourful decor of the space, they serve natural “living” wines from northern climates.

1290 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Bar Mamie

Known for its varied selection of natural wines and mouth-watering cheese and charcuterie boards, Bar Mamie is a haven for locals in Petite Patrie. For those who want to bring the fun home, La Cave de Mamie has just opened next door. Complementing the bar’s offerings, the cellar features a huge selection of bottles in all price ranges.

328 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Bistro Tendresse

Festive at all hours of the day and night, this bistro in the Village is the place to be as much for a boozy brunch as for happy hour. Plus, whether on the plate or in the glass, everything on the menu is vegan and compostable. Their selection of natural wines is a must-try!  

1259 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

Hélicoptère

Run by former Bouillon Bilk employees, this little gem in Hochelaga Maisonneuve offers superb organic and natural wines. Their list is replete with great discoveries by the glass or bottle, and pairs wonderfully with their menu of beautiful dishes to share.

4255 Rue Ontario East
Montréal

Oregon bar à vin

Located in Laval, the Oregon Wine Bar is a great option to enjoy a good natural wine on the North Shore of Montreal. The menu is made up of favourites from the owners and the sommelier, with an emphasis on thirst-quenching bottles.

241 Boulevard Curé-Labelle
Laval

Gia

The beautiful and much anticipated new address of the Elena and Nora Gray family offers a tempting wine list curated by sommelier Lawrence Fiset. The list consists of natural wines, with an emphasis on Italian wines. However, Gia is also bringing back some wines that are less funky, and more robust; a different style from the owners’ other addresses.  

1025 Rue Lenoir
Montréal

Pichai

Another new player and big brother of Pumpui, Pichai is an evolved formula of the Thai restaurant on St-Zotique Street that we love so much. On the wine side, Elisabeth Racine—sommelier at Nora Gray and Pumpui—manages the list composed mainly of natural, organic and biodynamic wines.  

5985 Rue Saint-Hubert
Montréal

Candide

Candide is a great place to discover very good natural wines and to taste a gastronomic menu in a former presbytery. The team also makes sure to collaborate with producers who practice the kind of agriculture that is in harmony with nature.  

551 Rue Saint-Martin
Montréal

Foxy

Looking for a subdued, gourmet and romantic evening? Foxy is the perfect place. You’ll enjoy comforting food and great drinks! We come here for a cozy, gourmet and romantic evening where we enjoy comfort food and drink well! We’re talking about privately imported natural wines, especially from Dame Jeanne, Oenopole and Rézin. A nice list for wine lovers.

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

larrys

Larrys is a small café-resto-bar that is a staple in the city. The place offers a menu full of delicious small plates as well as a carefully crafted wine list featuring mostly natural wines from private imports. You can enjoy it all in a relaxed atmosphere or take a good bottle home.  

5201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Le Majestique

We love Majestique. Here you will find a great menu as well as a fine list of organic and natural wines. The wine list changes every week or so and is largely made up of private imports. The place is also, in our opinion, one of the best oyster bars in town.  

4105 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Le Petit Alep

Le Petit Alep is still one of our favourite places in town. We come here to drink very good wines at affordable prices and enjoy Syrian and Armenian cuisine in a lively atmosphere.

191 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal

Nora Gray

Nora Gray is one of the best Italian restaurants in Montreal and is a fixture in the city. Their service is impeccable, the Italian menu is outstanding and the wine list, composed of organic and natural wines, is thoughtful and varied.      

1391 Rue Saint-Jacques
Montréal

Pullman

Pullman is one of the OG wine bars in Montreal. We love going there to spend an evening in a beautiful and original space, and to enjoy their fine selection of natural wines. A must-try.  

3424 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Rouge Gorge

Rouge-Gorge is a great wine bar in the Plateau with a warm and charming atmosphere. Their wine list includes many natural wines and changes regularly. If you want to spend an evening in a more cozy and romantic setting, ask for a table in their hidden bar downstairs.  

1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal

Buvette Pompette

Buvette Pompette is very much like a small Spanish counter. The dynamic wine list will feature new arrivals every week and is filled with funky natural wines. Also, enjoy their in-kitchen menu which includes classics and a few whimsical items.  

414 Rue Saint-Zotique East
Montréal

Nolan

We love going to Nolan any time of day, but we especially love going there for happy hour. Their wine list is composed mainly of French and Italian references. Although not considered a natural wine bar per se, the team is still committed to the idea of a production that respects the product and nature.

1752 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Vin Mon Lapin

The restaurant on Saint-Zotique Street has distinguished itself since its opening by offering refined cuisine, personalized service, an exceptional wine list and a unique atmosphere. One comes here for a complete dining experience. Their wine list is diversified, filled with organic and natural wines, and complements their menu perfectly.  

150 Rue Saint-Zotique East
Montréal

Vin Papillon

Neighbouring Joe Beef, Liverpool House, and Vinette, Vin Papillon is a paradise for lovers of vegetables, comfort food, and organic wines. All the wines on the menu are natural and come from small producers and small agencies in Montreal. Plus, they are affordable!  

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Anemone

If you knew the restaurant Manitoba, you will find the same simple and wooded decor and the same friendly atmosphere. Here, only natural wine is served. Elena, the sommelier and co-owner of the restaurant, is in charge of the wine list. She works hard to offer a selection of bottles for all tastes. Thus, you will find wines that tend more towards classic tastes, as well as thirst quenchers.  

271 Rue Saint-Zotique Ouest
Montréal

Supernat

Supernat has a solid and regularly changing wine list of mostly natural wines: a dozen products by the glass, a nice selection of bottles to drink on the spot or to take away, as well as kegs! That’s right, seven lines of wines in kegs. A red, a white, a rosé, an orange and even ciders. Perfect to enjoy natural wine at a good price!  

4316 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

L'idéal bar & contenus

L’idéal bar & contenus is a hybrid and inclusive space with a wine list in their image! There are classic references and juicy natural bottles, by the glass or by the bottle, divided into five categories: bubbles, macerated, thirst-quenching, de course, and signature. There is something for everyone.

151 Rue Ontario East
Montréal
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