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WE’RE HIRING: Sales & Marketing Pro !

Are you so passionate about natural wine that you go to bed dreaming about fermented grape juice without additives?

Do you know the world of natural winemakers and domaines? Are you a master communicator? Are you up for the challenge of selling subscriptions to establishments? We are looking for a native/fluent English speaking sales and marketing professional, to serve as a Jack-of-All Trades on the Raisin team. Check out the job description here:



Do you know how many bars, wine shops, and restaurants are on the Raisin map around the world, with at least 30% natural wine to offer?

Want to take a guess at which country has the most places to drink natural wine? Have an idea of the top 5 cities for drinking natural wine?

Find out all the answers and more never before seen data from Raisin on our new page:

Thanks to Jules Maillard for the design!


Craving some Thai food while in Geneva?

Craving some Thai food while in Geneva? Soï Canteen (6 Rue du Prieuré) and little brother restaurant Suahoy (25 Rue Prévost-Martin) are now on the Raisin map. The owners make a great duo: Yuttakan is a Thai chef in love with French cuisine, and Sandrine is an Asian food and culture aficionado. They originally met in Plaza Athénée in Bangkok, and decided to spread the love for Thai street food in Geneva!

In 2017 they opened, Soï, meaning “street,” and reflects Thai street culture beautifully with its neon lights and authentic dishes: Kho Moo Yang, Kai Yang, and homemade herbal sausage Sai Ua to name a few. At first, they were selling beers to go with the food, but after a couple of encounters with natural wine, they found it to be the obvious choice to pair with the vibrant Thai flavors. From there, they spent a whole summer visiting winemakers and trying as much natural wine as they could to come up with a selection that would resemble the place and the cuisine.

This past September, they opened up their second restaurant, Suahoy, which means “hungry tiger” – a great way to describe how this enticing food makes us feel. Sandrine says, “Our intent was to create a journey across the different regions of Thailand and serve the food our grandmas would cook for us when we’re back home.” The atmosphere is inspired by a Thai temple celebration, with lots of color and touches of gold, and with an inviting atmosphere.

At both of these places, the concepts behind the wine and food are based on people, places, stories, and savoir-faire that is hard to beat. 🐯🍤


Pulp Wine of Valby!

Introducing Pulp Wine, your local natural wine shop in Valby, Denmark 🇩🇰 !

Since November 2020, sommelier Russell Schaper-Kotter has been providing this Copenhagen neighborhood with pure and authentic wine, and they were thirsty for it.

Originally from Vancouver, Russell moved to Copenhagen knowing that the food and wine scene is where he belonged. After completing several certifications in the Court of Master Sommeliers, Russell discovered a completely different world of wine that changed his whole perspective:

“Dumbfounded, I almost stopped drinking conventional wine overnight. I found it literally challenging to swallow the idea that this ‘wine’ that I was so used to was adulterated with unsure additives that weren’t grape juice.”

From there, Russell went on to work at top Michelin star restaurants such as Relæ and Noma as he continued on his natural wine journey.

Now he’s running Pulp and sharing a tasty selection of low-intervention wines from a multitude of regions! Pulp is the first in this corner of Copenhagen on the Raisin map, so make sure to check it out.


Le Cellier Nantes!

Meet Adélie and Olivier! Adélie was a chef in many bistros and restaurants in Paris, and Olivier was the man in charge of the Ôdivin store in Paris for 6 years. This dynamic duo decided to leave Paris and head to Nantes.

66 Rue Maréchal Joffre is where they settled, in one of the town’s most lively and vibrant neighborhoods that reminded them of the beloved Belleville district of Paris. This is where they opened Le Cellier, a wine store, caterer, and grocery that offers the best of both worlds: cuisine based on local, organic, seasonal, and quality products AND a selection of natural wines. The wines here highlight winegrowers of the region, with a notion of pride for the Loire. As for the groceries, you’ll find fabulous products that Adélie herself loves to use in her kitchen: La Guinelle vinegars, oils from Beaujolais, Cachemire spices, La Compagnie Bretonne preserves, and so much more. These two have a great sense of humor and the best taste, making this place something special. We can’t wait to keep following them. Cheers to Le Cellier!


Terres à Vin

Behind this magnum duel is a real natural wine pioneer…

A trailblazer to say the least, Eric Demange opened the first location of Terres à Vin all the way back in 1997 in Strasbourg. A few years later and a few miles down the road, Eric opened the bar and shop’s second location in Ittenheim, in the Alsace countryside. For 25 years, Terres à Vin has offered an extensive selection of wines as natural as they come with 1,000 references at the Strasbourg spot and 2,000 in Ittenheim! The philosophy has always been about pure authenticity in all of the products they carry, from the wine down to the delicatessen.

They say:

“Above all else, for wine to be considered a success, it must reflect the talent of an accomplished winemaker and the particularity of the wine’s terroir. Therefore, natural vinification is the way to obtain a good, and especially a great wine.”

Pictured are Eric and Blondine battling it out with Mittelbergheim and Savigny- Les-Beaune magnums !