Where to get Natural Wine in Sydney
Thursday March 10, 2016·
(Alternative title: 'Natural Wine Time with Pyne')
What the fuck is a ‘natural wine’ you say? Well, generally it's a blanket term for wines that are made with nothing added/nothing taken away; this means pesticide free, hand picked, biodynamically farmed, no added yeast and made with skin contact (sexy right), they are often unfiltered and contain either minimal or no sulfur.
The terminology is somewhat debated, but whatever you wanna call them - low intervention, biodynamic, goon, plonk - whether you are smashing a few Jauma petit naturels by the beach, or knocking back a juicy and fresh Morgon Cote Du Py by Jean Foillard, you won't give a shit about the nomenclature, when the vino tastes this good. We are lucky to have some kick arse spots to drink 'em in Sydney. We even have an annual natural wine fair at Carriageworks- Rootstock, which if you like wine I urge you to visit later this year.
Now you’ve read all that you probably need a drink. This is a by no means extensive list, just a few spots you should go and imbibe/learn some more:
Photo: Mike Bennie
Bloodwood - A Newtown institution with delicious bites to go with your expertly curated wine list that focuses on sustainable, organic and natural wines by Amanda Cleal.
Mary's Newtown - Cheeseburger with your Munjebel by Frank Cornelissen, why not!? The guys from Mary's have always focused their list on natural wines.
Sixpenny, Stanmore - Beautiful, crisp vinos chosen by Dan Sharp to go with the delicate yet off the hook modern tasting menu by Jimmy Parry and Dan Puskas.
Hartsyard- some tasty drops here curated by Maddy Howes. Also get your natural drinks on at their bar The Gretz on Enmore road.
ACME - Killer wine list to go with the internationalist pasta dishes.
The Unicorn Hotel - All aussie naturals to wash down your shnitty.
121BC - Giorgio De Maria’s grotto where you can sample (and take home) some of the many wines that he imports from Italy. Giorgio is one of the founders of Rootstock along with Mike Bennie and James Hird.
Ester - Wood oven, check. Delicious and simple but surprisingly complex food, check. Amazing wine, check!
Love Tilly Devine - Over 300 different wines to try in this killer little bar just off William St.
Master - Sam Pettigrew is usually slinging the booze here (he’s away for a few weeks making wine in Orange- legit amiright?). Matching big juicy naturals to go with the mod-chinese cuisine.
Moon Park - Ned Brooks is part owner/somm here and also imports and distributes wines, so you better believe he knows which booze goes with the bulgogi beef.
The Oak Barrel - This place is dangerous, lots of amazing wines all categorised by country. Some good bargains for under $35- up to as much $$$ as you wanna spend.
Annandale Cellars- Very good selection of natural wines, also their online store is excellent.
Best Cellars, Crown St – A few good bottles to be had.