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LeCellier

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!

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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 !

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Corto in Clitheroe!

Meet Corto, dubbed “the bar at the end of the world” by owner Katie Mather, located in her hometown of Clitheroe in Northwestern England. Corto represents a dream turned into a reality for Katie and her husband Tom, and is equally dreamy for you natural wine lovers out there.

On a trip to Spain, Katie and Tom discovered the term “corto,” which is a traditional small beer and afternoon snack. In her article, Katie writes: “We loved the spirit of sharing and snacking we found in León (Spain). No matter what, we wanted to bring a bit of that to Clitheroe: the eagerness to try something new, the excitement of a simple thing done well, the happiness of spending stretched-out afternoon-to-evening hours with people you love.”

This vision came to life in December 2020, and Corto has been successfully sharing their fabulous selection of natural wine, real ciders, craft beer, and tapas style dishes with Clitheroe ever since.

If you’re ever at the end of the world in Clitheroe, you have to stop by Corto for all the vibes! Check them out on the Raisin map🧀🍞🍷

For more of the story, read Katie’s article here: https://www.goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2021/3/23/the-bar-at-the-end-of-the-world

Aline

Domaine Menina d’Uva : la jeune fille et le raisin.

Uva (“grape” in Portuguese) is a village in Northeast Portugal right on Spain’s edge, which reflects the impact of desertification that has hit the European agricultural world for decades. This village is where French born Aline Domingue’s family is from, where she spent her summers growing up, and now where she makes her wine.

Aline is a thoughtful, rather reserved, and extremely motivated person. It’s through her sheer force of determination that she’s succeeded in releasing her first wines. After receiving a diploma in fermentation research, working for a few months at Quinta do Romeu, and working through some harsh criticism, Aline produced her first wines in 2018. She symbolically named the estate “Menina d’Uva,” meaning “the girl from Uva,” and her production is inspired by the great potential of its indigenous grapes.

Aline tells us, “I traded Paris for a simple, rural life that has always drawn me in, with the aim of caring for and sharing the wonderful wine heritage of this region.” With the strength of her character and her arms, Aline is making waves and putting Uva on the map for natural wine. Força Menina d’Uva!

For more on her story, check out our blog here : https://jeunesnaturelles.raisin.digital/aline-domingues-menina-d-uva-EN.html

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Porto has opened its eyes to natural wine and tasty food!

While Lisbon has been seeing natural wine venues pop up over the past 4 years, it took quite a while for Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, to get up to speed. Things are finally on the move, and this city is a must visit when in Portugal. Porto is the perfect destination if you’re in the mood for a weekend trip in Europe. Even with a growing tourist scene, the city still has an authentic touch, remains exotic, and true to itself. 

While roaming around the city, you’ll discover many streets left untouched, much like postcard pictures of colored houses that you may imagine when you think of Porto. Not to mention, there’s the Douro river, Eiffel bridge, Monastery da Serra do Pilar, beautiful granite houses, and churches everywhere.

The great news? It’s easier than ever to find a nice hotel or a great place to eat and drink! There are now 13 establishments on the Raisin map where you will find farm-to-table restaurants who focus on simplicity, seasonality, local, and often organic food. These places of course champion natural wines, a majority of which are from a new wave of young winemakers who are working to change the wine scene’s traditional image. Among all of them, we’d like to list a few that you should definitely try:

As we’ve mentioned many times before, natural wine is not just a trend, but a way of life that is linked to organic nutrition and sustainability – one of the many reasons we love it!

We have also picked a few venues that are very representative of the natural wine energy and spirit. All of them are recommended on the Raisin app, meet our 30% natural wine minimum, and all of them have been tested by members of the Raisin team. Some of these venues are a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the visit. Say hi for us! 

🥂 Cave Bombarda

You’ll find a wonderful Portuguese natural wine selection in this wine shop, and it also happens to have some of the cheapest prices in Porto (some bottles as little as 8 euros)! Saràva, Menina d’Uva, Phaunus range from Aphros Wines, and many more. The owner knows all the winemakers by heart and will be able to guide you through a large variety of regions and tell you all about the very large selection of indigenous grape varieties from Portugal. If you plan on staying in the city for a few days and want to stock up on a few bottles, this is one of the places you should go!

Cave Bombarda: Rua de Miguel Bombarda 285, 4050-381 Porto / @cavebombarda

🍰 Manna Porto

Such a great wine selection, but don’t miss out on their home-made coffee! This is a breakfast & lunch venue that doubles as a bookstore as well as a yoga location in a newly renovated building! The owner, Helder, and his wife have a real sense of design and you can feel it all over the place. Manna Porto is filled with very friendly people and fabulous food in a very cozy environment. Go for the Socca dish, the soup of the day, and the homemade breads. If the weather’s nice, ask to be outside! They have a very nice patio where you can soak up the sun. We highly recommend the wonderful vegan chocolate cake, but you can’t go wrong! 

Manna Porto: Rua da Conceição 60, Porto. / @mannaporto

🧀 Cave do Bon Vivant

If you’re looking for a little piece of France in Porto, this is the place for you. Stan, the owner, has a goal in mind: convert more and more people to natural wine. Stan is a very joyful character who loves to share his discoveries and make you taste wines you’ve never had before. French, Portuguese, Italian, Georgian… there are plenty of great bottles to try, at what could be the largest natural wine selection in town. With Ganevat, Tissot, and Philippe Tessier on the shelves, it’s a good place to treat yourself. They even have cheese and charcuterie boards to enjoy. It’s a place to make yourself at home, and one that you just can’t miss. We love it!

A cave do bon vivant: Rua de Santa Catarina 763, 4000-466 Porto. / @acavedobonvivant

☕️ Época Café: 

Known for their amazing pancakes, the best bread in town, and fabulous lattes! If you’re looking for a wonderful place to have breakfast, lunch, or brunch in Porto, head to Época! Their natural wine selection started from customers who asked for it, and it’s quickly expanding. They even plan to hold wine tastings very soon! 

época café: Rua do Rosário 22, 4050-519 Porto. / @epocaporto

👍 Taberna Folias de Baco:

If you haven’t tasted Tiago Sampaio’s wines, you must, and this is the place to go for them in Porto. The winemaker opened this restaurant to offer simple and unpretentious flavors that highlight the quality of the food, made with authentic and seasonal products from local, sustainable farmers. You can taste the quality! You can also pick from 2 different menus: one made of meat specialties from the Alto Douro region, or go for the vegan menu which is just as delicious! The wines come directly from Tiago’s manually harvested organic vineyards, made with minimum intervention in the cellar, that pair perfectly with the cuisine. Vibrant and crisp are qualities that make Tiago’s wines so special.

Taberna Folias de Baco: Rua dos Caldeireiros 136, 4050-138 Porto. / @folias_de_baco

⭐ theLAB @ Catavino

The owner Ryan is a natural wine pioneer in the city, making this venue a true original: “We focus on low-intervention wines where the wine producer cares for the land, and people first.” If you want to see how loved theLAB is in Porto, just check their comments on the Raisin app. “Fab place, a much needed addition to Porto’s fairly staid wine scene. Super interesting selection of lesser known Portuguese natural wines from North to South. Ryan’s enthusiasm is infectious, and he’s a wonderful guide through not just great wine, but craft beverages of all kinds,” says Simon J. Woolf, and he hit the nail on the head! If you’re shopping for natural wine in Porto, this is another one that you can’t miss. The prices are also great!

theLAB @ Catavino: R. do Bonjardim 1206, 4000-133 Porto. / @thelab.porto