Vancouver restaurants serving natural and organic wines

In the wine world, natural wines are controversial; many dispute what makes a vino natural. Sommeliers will argue about biodynamic and organic growing techniques, and what chemicals are permitted. As for the rest of us, we know natural, local wines reflect where they come from and are a fitting companion to a farm-to-table meal. Here’s where to make the most of your conscious sipping experience in Vancouver.

Grapes and Soda

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1541 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1

When it comes to natural and organic wines, Grapes and Soda is peerless in Vancouver. The intimate Fairview wine bar serves natural wines exclusively, which makes it the perfect place to geek out on wild yeasts and expound on terroir. With just 25 seats, drinking at this tiny restaurant is a special event to be savoured. Sip and snack on small plates created with the unique wine list in mind.

Wildebeest Restaurant

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A-120 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8

Wildebeest’s wine program has something for everyone with more than 50 international wines available by the bottle. The wine director and sommelier also worked with Okanagan winery Road 13 to create a private blend only available at the restaurant. Enquire with the staff about which wines are available on tap, and for a knowledgeable discussion of what makes a natural wine.

Stable House Restaurant The

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1520 13th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 2G4

After a day of shopping in South Granville, the Stable House Bistro offers a happy respite. The small wine bar is an intimate neighbourhood haunt that offers some snacks and a small selection of larger entrées. The main event is the wine list, which offers several organic and sulphite-free options.

Farmer's Apprentice Restaurant

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1535 6th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1

Owners David Gunawan and Dara Young are seriously committed to their farm-to-table dining philosophy. The Farmer’s Apprentice is a cozy and intimate room where diners enjoy an ever-evolving menu. Seasonal produce and locally sourced protein come together on artfully presented plates, which pair beautifully with an unparalleled selection of natural, organic and biodynamic wine.

Salt Tasting Room

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45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7

Tucked away from Gastown’s main strip, Salt Tasting Room is the perfect place to wile away a rainy evening in Vancouver. International cheeses and charcuterie tasting plates are featured along with an extensive wine list with a heavy emphasis on B.C. wines. Ask your server for natural and organic selections.

Campagnolo Restaurant

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1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1

Campagnolo is a favourite of pasta lovers in Vancouver, but fewer foodies know about the neighbourhood bar on top of its Main Street location. Known for its greasy and delicious dirty burger, “Camp upstairs” also features a carefully selected wine list. Bar manager Peter Van de Reep is a fan of natural wines; his list includes small-batch, artisanal selections imported from France.

Burdock & Co Restaurant

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2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8

Owner and chef Andrea Carlson is one of the city’s pioneers and champions when it comes sustainable, local food. Burdock & Co. is a celebrated expression of Carlson’s food philosophy, which cares for the community and environment. Wine director Matt Sherlock has geared the restaurant’s compact wine list around ‘naturalist’ wines.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

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2741 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9

The Oakwood’s wood-panelled room has a warmth that makes sipping wine there extra cozy; the roaring fireplace at one end of the restaurant doesn’t hurt either! The neighbourhood bistro blends fine-dining techniques with seasonal, Canadian fare. Wine lovers and locavores will appreciate the beverage list — B.C. wines, available by the glass and bottle, are the stars.

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