Best Natural Wine Brands, Ranked

Natural wine has no official definition. Ask five sommeliers what "natural wine" means and you'll get five different answers. Some will give you many reasons to drink natural wine and its benefits. Others might pooh-pooh it as an overhyped fad. Though either or both of those answers may be true, neither of them gets to the heart of the matter (though there is a natural wine documentary you can watch to learn more).

A broad summary of natural wine is: nothing added, nothing taken away. That means winemakers follow organic farming practices and eschew additives on their vineyards and in their final product. They grow fruit without the help of pesticides or herbicides and often rely on rainfall rather than irrigation to water their crops. During the vinification process, they use native yeasts rather than lab-cultured ones, and they skip preservatives and stabilizing agents (or use them sparingly). Many producers also elect to bottle their wines unfiltered, leading to higher sediment levels and a cloudier appearance. If you see some flecks floating around in your next natural wine, don't worry — they're supposed to be there! In short, natural wine is just fermented grape juice and nothing else. Simple as that.

Below, we've compiled a list of our favorite natural wine brands using quality, consistency, availability, and price as metrics. These brands are masters of the craft whose wines prove "natural" is no mere buzzword — it's a holistic ethos responsible for the most exciting bottles on the market today.

Clot de l'Origine

Founded by Marc Barriot in 2004, Clot de l'Origine earned its Agriculture Biologique (AB) certification in 2009 and has delighted consumers by producing natural wine of great quality and variety despite modest land holdings. According to its website, the domain's success is due in part to the diversity of terroir its grape-growing parcels enjoy. Low-altitude sites like its Salses le Château and Espira de l'Agly vineyards abut the sea, lending freshness and salinity to the wines. Other inland vineyards sit at higher altitudes and have different soil types like brown schist and black shale that result in wines that are totally different from their seaside siblings.

Marc Barriot has run an organic shop since the beginning. Much of the domaine's labor is done by hand, including manual harvest that uses no modern machinery. Grapes are de-stemmed and placed in concrete vats to macerate and ferment, and all bottling is done without fining or filtration.

These natural wines are a delightful cross of new-age sensibilities and old-school elegance. Clot de l'Origine is known especially for its blanc de noirs, a white wine made from red grapes. These often present as more textured, fuller whites that pair well with food.


Everything about Brand Bros is fun. Its labels, its website, the wine itself — all of them evoke a sense of playfulness and joy that reminds us winemakers needn't be stuffy, old-school gatekeepers. Founded by brothers Daniel and Jonas Brand in 2014, the winery sits in the far northern reaches of the Pfalz region of Germany, a place that enjoys little attention from either the German or international wine community. (Note that Pfalz itself is quite famous, but most of the "good" stuff happens far south of Brand's  operation.) This semi-obscurity doesn't dampen the moods of Brand Bros, however. On the contrary, it energizes them.

According to Brand Bros' U.S. distributor Vom Boden, the brothers are excited to introduce their small pocket of Germany to the international wine community. The website details organic practices, including the use of herbal extracts and tea to strengthen the vines and a reliance on bees and insects to create biological diversity that benefits their vineyard sites. The brand follows the general natural wine tenet of spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, and all bottling is done without fining or filtration.

Next time you're at a wine shop, look for German bottles with scratchy ink drawings. The brothers' grandmother Oma Helga pens these label illustrations, and they look as good on your wine rack as they taste in the glass. Expect wild, funky, and lively wines that should be drunk young. 

Les Lunes / Populis

This one's a twofer. Les Lunes and Populis are two California wineries run by friends Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig. Though both brands follow the natural wine tenets of organic farming and no additives, there are marked stylistic differences in the final products of each. At Les Lunes, Shaunt and Diego grow their own grapes and produce more elegant and refined wines. You can think of these as natural wine's nod towards "traditional" winemaking, without any of the over-the-top funk factors that natty wine has become known for. These wines are, on the whole, classically styled and age-worthy.

Populis is just the opposite. At this brand, Shaunt and Diego purchase grapes from Mendocino County winegrowers and produce fun, flirty, meant-to-be-drunk-right-now wines. Expect chillable reds, whites, and roses within the $20-$30 range with cute branding that are perfect to bring along to any party. Try Les Lunes and Populis together if you want to figure out which side of the natural wine coin you prefer; funky and fresh or refined?


The idea for Ampeleia was conceived by famed Italian winemaker Elisabetta Foradori and her friend Giovanni Podini in the winter of 2000. Though Foradori already enjoyed much success with her main label, Azienda Agricola Foradori, she and Giovanni wanted the freedom to break Italian tradition, farm unusual varietals, and produce wines that lived outside the stereotypes of what Italian wine "should" be. The two friends traveled through Italy searching for suitable land, and in 2002 they settled in the Tuscan village of Roccatederighi. Thus, Ampeleia was born.

Today, Ampeleia produces amazing wine by biodynamically farming grapes, which is highly unusual in the Italian wine world. The foundation of the brand is the famous cabernet franc, a grape common to France and the United States but not often found in Italian wine. Ampeleia also revived the ancient variety alicante nero and includes French grapes carignane and mourvèdre in its arsenal as well. These wines are fun, unusual, and affordable. 

Travis Tausend

Travis Tausend is both the man and the brand. According to the website of his U.S. importer Tess Bryant, Travis does nearly all the winery's work completely on his own, from bookkeeping and bottling to marketing and design. He accepts help only during harvest season when friends and family lend a hand to help him get grapes from vineyard to cellar. The Tausend winery is located in the Adelaide Hills of Southern Australia and produces wines from merlot, riesling, and sauvignon blanc. 

Travis considers his winemaking an art and believes that changes in taste and style from vintage to vintage come as much from external factors like seasonal climate as from internal variables like emotion, intuition, and personal growth. Travis Tausend wines are often wildly different from what one might expect of a given grape. His sauvignon blanc, for instance, might present as tangy, fresh, and citrus-driven one year and offer a funky, almost nutty quality the next. The ever-changing nature of the Tausend wines is what makes them so fun. If all you've experienced from Australian wine is Yellowtail, it's time to try something better. Give Travis Tausend a shot.

Andrea Calek

There are conflicting mythologies surrounding Andrea Calek's arrival into the world of wine. One distributor we spoke with claimed he was a defector from the Czech army, fleeing to France after his mother threatened to turn him in. Others, like Gergovie Wines, said he was merely avoiding military service, not actively defecting from it. Wine Terroirs reports he was traveling to Brazil but was waylaid in Nice after meeting a woman. Whatever origin story might be true, this much is certain: Calek is a self-described "lazy bum" who lives in a trailer by his vineyards in the Ardeche region of France's Rhône Valley.

This romantic portrait squares with the wines Andrea produces. According to Raw Wine, he is uncertified but practices 100% natural winemaking techniques, and the wines we've tried are funky, wild, and every bit as iconoclastic as their mysterious producer. These are not your average everyday drinking reds and whites. These are wines of seductive substance that are — much like their maker — truly off the beaten path.

Le Clos du Tue-Bœuf

Le Clos du Tue-Bœuf is a centuries-old estate located in France's Loire Valley. According to Louis-Dressner Selections, brothers and Tue-Bœuf owners, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat, were instrumental in helping the natural wine movement migrate from Paris to the Loire in the mid-to-late 1990s. The men were early adopters of what would become no-brainer natural wine tenets: organic farming, use of native yeasts, and no additives at bottling. The brothers were also thought-leaders in unburdening themselves of France's strict AOC system, instead deliberately declassifying their wines and selling them as the "lowest" tier Vin de France to skip restrictive rules about which grapes they could or couldn't use in their wines. The Puzelats were trendsetters for this practice, which is now common among many natural winemakers in France and Italy who would rather play by their own rules than bend to bureaucratic wine doctrine.

Tue-Bœuf makes this list for its important historical contribution to the world of natural wine, yes, but also because their wines are consistently excellent. The brand produces reds, whites, and rosés, with a focus on sauvignon blanc, romorantin, chardonnay, pinot noir, and gamay. Expect a touch of the wild in these natty wines, but with excellent balance and intriguing flavors.


Aslina is one of the younger players in the natural wine world, but it's taken very little time to establish itself as a serious presence. The South African winery has made a big splash in international wine circles thanks to founder and winemaker Ntsiki Biyela, who, according to Aslina's website, has earned many accolades for her work, including 2017's "Top 10 Most Innovative Women In Food and Drink" from Fortune's Food & Wine. Biyela was raised in a rural village and attended Stellenbosch University, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology). She spent time working during harvest seasons in both France and Italy, which spurred her to reconnect with the land where she grew up. Aslina winery was created.

The winery produces reds and whites from sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot. All farming is done organically, and Aslina's wines are beautiful, precise expressions of the grapes Biyela chooses to use. Not a whole lot of the natty funk-bomb styles here, but that's okay — sometimes, the classics are classics for a reason.

Las Jaras

Wine professionals — and most alcohol professionals of any stripe — are usually wary of celebrity brands. Indeed, a cynic might posit that many celebrity booze brands are passionless cash grabs lacking the TLC necessary to make something truly great. (Not us, of course. We wouldn't say that. But a cynic might.) Enter Eric Wareheim's Las Jaras Wines, a natural wine brand whose wines are as hype-worthy as their makers.

Wareheim got famous for his goofy Adult Swim show "Tim & Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job!" But, there's very little to laugh at when you pop a bottle of Las Jaras Wines. Wareheim is a serious oenophile, and he partnered with his friend and California winemaker Joel Burt to bring Las Jaras Wines to life. The brand's vineyards are farmed organically, and the wine it makes is just as good — and often better — than any of the "real" natural wine brands out there. Las Jaras Wines' output is prolific, with a portfolio that offers red (both chillable and not), white, rosé, sparkling wine, and a selection of canned wine for on-the-go fun.

Don't turn your nose up at this just cause you've seen the guy on T.V. Eric Wareheim and Joel Burt are the real deal.


Chances are if you've been in a natural wine shop, you've probably seen the famous Meinklang cow. It's ubiquitous these days — and with good reason. The Demeter-certified Meinklang brand, owned and run by the Michlits family, is an east Austrian operation whose popularity has grown since natural wine became the cool thing to do. It's no accident, either — the winery produces great stuff. If you've got an itch for the "natty" end of the natural wine spectrum, Meinklang's funky and full-flavored wines can scratch it. 

So what's the deal with the cow on the label? Well, it's a nod towards the Michlits family farming operation and belief in the power of biodynamic practices. In addition to cultivating vineyard land, they also grow ancient grains, tend to their apple orchard, and raise cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and chickens. It's a unique little ecosystem with careful stewards who honor and respect the land, crops, and animals. This is natural wine taken all the way, and the results speak for themselves.

Claus Preisinger

Claus Preisinger's simple labels belie a complex and exquisite product. The Burgenland-based winemaker focuses most of his efforts on traditional Austrian grapes like blaufrankisch, sankt laurent, zweigelt, and gruner veltliner, and it's hard to think of a better ambassador for the country's wine scene than Preisinger.

According to Soil Air Selection, the Claus Preisinger brand was founded in 2002 on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl in Austria's Burgenland region. From the beginning, Claus always farmed naturally and used native yeasts in the fermentation of his wine. In 2004, he joined Pannobile, a collective of area winemakers who meet monthly to exchange ideas and opinions about the development and production of natural wine. And, in 2006, the Claus Preisinger brand fully converted its vineyards to biodynamic practices.

Claus's wines are silly, yet serious. He has bottles he calls "FruitLoops" and "DOPE.," but these aren't the cheap gimmicks of lesser winemakers who might slap a cute label on a mediocre bottle. Claus Preisinger wines are well-balanced and bursting with flavor, and make for a great party trick if you've got guests who are sleeping on Austrian wine.


Amplify Wines is owned by Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team who were born and raised in Santa Barbara County. In the early days of their romance, they bonded over their love for both wine and music, and Amplify Wines is the natural manifestation of those shared passions. The Porters — who farm and vinify according to natural wine tenets — sum up their winemaking philosophy by saying on their site, "We embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with our creative spirit and palates as our primary tools."

The wines themselves are as fun and flashy as they are delicious. The name Amplify is a reference both to music and to amplification of vineyard sites' voices, and the bottles themselves are christened with music-related names like "Mixtape," "Sympathy for the Strawberry," and "Four on the Flor." Our personal favorite is Amplify's "Carignane," a single-varietal wine that celebrates the underused carignane grape in the form of a quaffable chilled red. Yum!

Martha Stoumen

Martha Stoumen is the de facto queen of California natural wine. Though there's no official coronation for this sort of thing, it's hard to imagine anybody who's plugged into the California natural wine scene more than her. Stoumen's "Post Flirtation" series of wines has become famous throughout the United States for its cute labels and unbelievably consistent performance vintage after vintage. And Stoumen's lineup doesn't stop there. She's got whites, rosés, and reds aplenty, and has even branched out into bottled wine spritzers and piquettes for your next picnic.

After traveling the globe for eight years and apprenticing with different winemakers, Stoumen settled in Northern California and began her own operation in 2014. The Stoumen brand is committed to farming practices that encourage soil and vine health rather than high yields, and it makes use of natural predators to handle pests instead of chemical deterrents. This is hyper-popular natural wine that doesn't compromise its practices to meet demand. The brand puts out exactly what its land allows each year, and no more. We'll take it.

Laurent Lebled

Another Loire Valley entry! Like its neighbor Clos du Tue-Bœuf, Laurent Lebled is a tastemaker in the French natural wine scene, and the popularity of his wines among the natural wine crowd in the U.S. is hard to understate. There wasn't a whole lot of good to come out of the 2008 recession, but a small silver lining is that it robbed Lebled of his 30+ year career as a wood merchant. At the insistence of his friends Patrick Corbineau and Sébastien Bobinet, the freshly unemployed Lebled tried his hand at winemaking — a realm in which he had zero prior experience. 

It turns out that Corbineau and Bobinet's instincts were right, as Lebled quickly found his winemaking voice. The natural wine scene is richer for it today. Though reds made from gamay, cabernet franc, and pinot noir were what first drew our attention to Laurent Lebled wines, our most recent fascination is with La Sauvignonne. Made from 100% sauvignon blanc, this is a white-meets-orange skin contact wine that has puckering acidity and incredible length. Keep an eye out for it.

Arianna Occhipinti

In some of the more bohemian wine circles, wine appreciation often becomes a competition to see who can "enjoy" the funkiest, most technically flawed natty wines out there. This is a dangerous game, as it's apt to turn off would-be drinkers who try it and think all-natural wine is this barnyard-y, stinky swill. 

Roundly rejecting that school of thought is Arianna Occhipinti, whose wines present as elegant, gorgeous masterpieces that hold their own against any of the precise traditionalists in Italy or France. Located in Sicily, the Occhipinti brand is committed to organic farming and natural winemaking. Occhipinti champions local Sicilian varietals like nero d'avola and frappato, and produces white from the muscat of Alexandria and albanello grapes.

There's no such thing as a "best" natural wine brand, but Occhipinti embodies everything we love about this genre: a deep respect for the land, low intervention in the cellar, and wines of quality that prove "natural" doesn't always mean "weird" and certainly doesn't mean "less than." In fact, it's often the best stuff available.