So you think your know your organic wines from your sustainable ones? Natural wines have been rising in popularity in Malaysia in recent years – and it’s easy to see why. They’re delicious, unique in flavour, and may even be a more sustainable for your lifestyle depending on which winemaker you purchase from.
Whether you’re just starting out on discovering the wonders of natural wines, a sustainable connoisseur, or someone who’s looking to go au naturel for their next lockdown date night, here are seven best places you can procure your natural wines from.
Of course, no one does natural wines better than the O.G, Puro KL. Based in REXKL, Puro boasts the widest selection of natural wines in KL – where you can find everything from your usual red and white, to more unique rosés and orange wines. Expect to find renowned winemakers such as Can Sumoi, Momento Mori, Clot de l’Origine, and Domaine Catherine & Pierre Breton. W purovinokl.company.site
And if you’re a newbie to natural wines and need a bit of help deciphering the differences between organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines – check out our guide to natural wines here, where we spoke to the co-founder and sommelier of Puro, Gerald Chua.
While you’re probably more familiar with Joloko as KL’s main go-to for exciting Afro-Caribbean cuisine, the restaurant also offers a selection of natural and organic wines at reasonable prices. They even features wine made with lesser-known grape varieties, such as the citrusy Albarin – which is a perfectly refreshing option to complement Joloko’s bold, spicy flavours. W joloko.beepit.com
Small Shifting Space
Perfect for snacking or your next apéro, Small Shifting Space curates a selection of “Bags” which includes their delectable snacks, ciabatta bread, mimolette cheese, and wine. Alternatively, you can also pick up individual bottles of their natural wine selection online. To really stock up at home, you can even opt for one of their bundle sets if you already have a favourite wine in mind. W smallshiftingspace.com
Tucking into the unique, contemporary Asian flavours of ChoCha will always call for a good bottle (or two) of the restaurant’s selection of natural wines. Whether you’re looking for a full-bodied red or crisp white, you’ll certainly find a good curation of vino to go with your meal. And if wine’s not really your thing, you can even opt for a bottle of Korin Yuki Jumai – a refined, low-acidity sake that’s made using 100% organically grown sake rice. W chochafoodstore.beepit.com
Known and beloved by KL-lites for their unique takes on brunch and comfort food, Alta Café at Bangsar’s cosy Bangkung Row provides their curation of natural wines to accompany their dishes. To brave the hot weather, try Deliniquente Screaming Betty for its crisp texture and fruity notes, or opt for the more effervescent Between Five Bells Petillant Naturel. And if you’re someone who has no problem finishing a whole bottle on their own, look out for Alta’s Burger & Wine set, where you can select a bottle of natural Delinquente wine of your choice to go with your burger. W altacafe.beepit.com
Planning a boozy brunch (or an afternoon delight) with some of Dou Dou’s highly sought-after pastries? Fortunately, this PJ-based bakery also offers their own curation of natural wines – ranging from biodynamic to organic options. If you’re looking for a full yet refreshing white, give the L.A.S VINO Wildberry Springs Chardonnay a go. W doudoubake.com
Here’s a little something for our Penangites – Wine Not is home to a wide variety of natural wines, including world renowned labels across different price points such as Pete’s Pure, Momento Mori, Smallfry, P.U.R, and Domaine du Clos. If you’ve ever wondered whether you should splurge on several bottles of natural wine – this is the time to really ask: wine not? W winenotpg.com
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