Where are the best places to drink Natural Wine in Berlin?

where are the best places to drink natural wine in berlin?Where are the best places to drink Natural Wine in Berlin?

There are now many great places to drink Natural Wine in the capital city of Berlin. However, compared to other capital cities in Europe, for many years Berlin has felt somewhat, well,  ‘lagging’ in the wide availability of low intervention wines. 

This extensive article of favourite places is divided between notable shops & Berlin wine bars and restaurants, which include the awesome places to drink natural wine in Berlin like JaJa, Viniculture, Rocket Wine, Bar Sway, St Bart, Holly, MORE Natural Wine and Bar Normal.

What are the Best Natural Wine Shops in Berlin?

The 5 best natural wine stores in Berlin, Germany are:

  • Rocket Wine
  • Viniculture
  • 8greenbottles
  • Cantine Sant’Ambroeus
  • MORE Natural Wine

 Viniculture Berlin


Whilst pioneers such as Viniculture took the initial step forward many years ago, progress from others in the early days was limited, with importers distributing wines mainly only to forward thinking, fancy restaurants and relying on their own shops selling to private customers to survive with natural wine.

Viniculture in the west of Berlin, in the rather swanky Charlottenburg district which feels quite different to the more raw side of Kreuzberg and Neukölln offer a large range of wines from producers like Lapierre, Anders Frederik Steen, Franco Terpin and Wasenhaus. 

Expect cleaner, crisper wines from Viniculture which are still raw and vibrant, alongside some producers that veer more on the conventional side.

 Cantine Sant'ambroeus

Cantine Sant’ Ambroeus

There are other early adopters too, such as Cantine Sant’ Ambroeus, run solely by charming owner Marco Callegaro. 

His vast Italian wine knowledge combined with his small, yet homely Italian shop & bar is home to Cantina Giardino, Radikon, Lino Maga and more classics. The great selection of Italian wines should in our opinion be sipped accompanied by Marco’s wonderful Panino sandwiches. This place feels wonderfully Italian, like a rustic Enoteca you would find in Bologna or Milan.

 Rocket Wine Berlin

Rocket Wine

The excellent and deservedly popular Rocket Wine in central district Mitte has recently upgraded to a larger, newer location to become a bar as well as a shop - bridging the two in perfect harmony which we really admire.

At Rocket Wine in Berlin Mitte you can enjoy a great range of European wines including Jean-Pierre Robinot, Costadilla, Milan Nesterec, and Koppitsch whilst nibbling on quality bread and cheese, as well as occasional more sophisticated food takeovers from local chefs.

 8greenbottles Berlin


Most of these shops, including more recent but now very locally-established and reliable 8greenbottles make the majority of their income from B2B sales, and this is common throughout the Berlin wine scene: so unlike other European capital cities like Paris, Copenhagen, London or a multitude of other places where it is common for natural wine shops to buy from a range of importers, the vast majority of Berlin wine shops are actually run by the importers themselves, showcasing pretty much exclusively their own producers, rather than offering a range of everything from everyone. 

This can be advantageous to visitors in the city, whereby, if you feel like a certain style of natural wine, from refined to the more raw, you can discover those wines based on the taste of the local importers who own the shops, and likewise with specific countries you may have an interest in.

 Berlin Natural Wine Best MORE

MORE Natural Wine 

Our own shop in Neukölln, MORE Natural Wine, is unusually one of the very few in the city that offers both imported wines as well as a wider range from many other local Berlin importers and further afield. This offers us a large range of both affordable and premium natural wines in Berlin, and from all over the world too.

Whilst not a natural wine bar, at our own MORE Natural Wine shop there are also options to drink great wines inside as well and the range is broad from rare Jura bottles like Labet & Ganevat to weekday wines from Claus Preisinger, Patrick Bouju, Les Vins Pirouettes & Matassa, as well as some less mainstream gems like Strekov 1075, Gabrio Bini, Benzce, Timo Mayer and Hiyu Wine Farm.

We are happy to be told MORE Natural Wine is a favourite place in Berlin for Natural Wine - it makes us proud!

 naturvin berlin

Where else can you shop natural wine in Berlin?

Treat Berlin in Neukölln are the only natural wine importer specialising in Portuguese wines (alongside others), and are based in the charming Schillerkiez near Tempelhofer Feld park.

Passion Vin in Kreuzberg not too far from perhaps Berlin’s hottest food hub, Markthalle Neun (also with some naturals available at stalls) deal with a more refined, clean French selection and you will find quality natural gems there from Jura to the Loire, mixed in with more conventional, organic producers. 

This is the same for non-exclusively Natural Wine importer shops like Suff, also in Kreuzberg - a popular Berlin neighbourhood.


 Berlin Natural Wine Bar

What are the 15 best Natural Wine Bars in Berlin, Germany


  • Bar Sway
  • St Bart
  • Bar Normal 
  • JaJa
  • Ora
  • Material
  • Motif 
  • Michelberger Hotel Bar
  • Julius
  • Cafe Frieda
  • Holly
  • ITA
  • Rocket Wine
  • Konträr
  • Lager Lager


These natural wine bars are covered in the section below

To understand the Berlin natural wine scene best, heading to the various bars and restaurants is the best way forward, for which separating by region makes the most sense - especially as the regions in Berlin differ so much from each other in terms of vibe.

 michelberger natural wine

Natural Wine in Friedrichshain, Berlin

In Friedrichshain, whilst there is hardly anything else noteworthy in the area, the immensely popular and hip Michelberger Hotel features an excellent wine list of all styles, previously formed by Sommelier Emily Harmann, and now well updated by her predecessor Josh Fine. 

Here a vibrant courtyard with a cosy firepit makes for a very unique place to share a bottle, whilst inside the hotel lobby feels anything but what you expect from a hotel lobby to be, and drinking continues until the early hours on their sofas, as DJs keep the atmosphere going. For those looking for something slightly romantic, a dinner at Briefmarken Weine set in an old Post Stamp shop may be now somewhat pricey but an excellent vibe none-the-less.

 Cafe Frieda Berlin natural wine

Natural Wine in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

In Prenzlauer Berg, there have been some excellent additions recently for natural wine lovers. Bar Normal, under now the wine management of knowledgeable & welcoming Alexander Kanastab, features both glouglou bangers, refined gastronomic sips and some rarer unicorn bottles sure to impress. Nearby mini-restaurant Otto has been a buzz of the city for some time now, and the owner has also just started a new joint venture focusing on traditional-meets-modern German cuisine, Trio, over in nearby Mitte. Casual sharing plates at affordable prices can be enjoyed at neighbourhood joint Estelle (of which their pizzas to share are a must-try).

Cafe Frieda Berlin wine

Cafe Frieda, from the owners of more upscale Mrs Robinsons (where unicorns can also be found), is of notable distinction - armed with excellent sharing plates, hospitality and an all-day hangout vibe that is both cool and fun. Newcomers Ita are the hype of the moment in the city, with a focus on South American plates and affordable bottles, with the wines managed by Micaela Longo who previously was the Somm at restaurant Remi in Mitte, run by Stijn Remi of Lode & Stijn fame. 

Material 'Berlin

Besides other bars in Prenzlauer Berg such as Dr Maury, Rhinoçéros and Konträr (the latter is well worth a late night visit for a special bottle…), one of the most impressive new openings is another all-day hangout, Material, which is co-run by Germany’s main Spanish natural wine importer Carlos Rodríguez-Santamarta. Small, hip and casual - this pretty new space offers exquisite home-baked pastries, snacks and Spanish wines to go or drink in including Vinos Ambiz, Clos Lentiscus and La Perdida. The joy of their insanely good quality sardines on homemade bread with tomatoes paired with a refreshing glass is a real pleasure.

Rocket Wine Berlin

Natural Wine in Mitte, Berlin

A little further south from Prenzlauzer Berg is Mitte. This is the central district of Berlin and the tourist centre with sights such as the TV Tower and Berliner Dom drawing crowds from around the world. The obvious higher rents in this area is apparent with the lack of notable natural wine establishments. Other than the renowned Cordo bar, there are casual eateries such as Standard Serious Pizza which come armed with more Gut Oggau than most in Germany are even allocated, whilst previously mentioned Rocket Wine is a top spot for pre-dinner drinks and well located too. 

Whilst in Mitte, don’t miss swinging down to wonderful bakery SOFI in Mitte for some of the city’s best pastries, and grab a bottle there for the park. Those interested in mega-sustainable, hyper local vegan dishes will be impressed with the Frea way of working (although the wine-list leaves a quite a bit to be desired in the world of natural wines) and a modern take on classic German dishes can be found at newly opened Trio.

 Bar Sway Berlin Neukolln

Natural Wine in Neukölln, Berlin

Neukölln and Kreuzberg are where most of the city’s hotspots reside, and this part of town is often complete with raw Berlin vibe that many admire. Neukölln is great for walking around, and you can enjoy bottles by the canal picked up at Mosto, whose owner Olaf Schindler imports a range of Georgian wines including Pheasant’s Tears as well as soulful Spanish natural wines like Escoda Sanahuja & Mendall.

Pretty much next door is slightly larger bar The Rad and not too far away you’ll find Motif - which acts as a shop in the afternoon and a casual wine hangout at night with a range of affordable bottles and usually one of the better casual vibes to be expected. Owner Ossi has fused music and wine well in this spot, and it’s not unusual to find a pretty great atmosphere on warm summer nights


Close to the MORE Natural Wine shop, another bistro is making waves…

Holly Gastrobar is gaining an army of loyal followers with their excellent cooking and winelist of lesser known,yet very interesting producers you will unlikely find elsewhere in Berlin. We are constantly amazed how they can make a Baked Camembert actually incredible by dry aging the cheese, stuffing it with Beetroot jam and serving with a freshly baked to order, homemade fermented potato roll. Simple and impressive.

JaJa Berlin

Of course, JaJa in Neukölln is perhaps one of the most famous wine bars in the city and since it was sold by the original owners, it's fair to say most prefer the charming new team, who have upped the bar’s food game and somehow stocked the cellar with even more rare gems than before. Whilst JaJa has the hip factor, meaning they feel fully booked with travellers keen to get some cool Instagram kudos drinking natural wines by the glass, make no mistake - the wine list here is 100% excellent and wine nerds will be impressed. Expect to nudge shoulders with the city’s Somms later in the evening and if you’re in luck, some tasty bottles being shared amongst natural wine fanatics table to table, depending on guests that night of course.

It is worth noting however, that such wine ‘bars’ in Berlin usually feature a much more gastronomic focus, and often with the smaller, refined portion sizes. This is the reality of most wine bars in Berlin: modern dishes are seemingly a requirement for their success.

So, that aspect, coupled with a plethora of quality restaurants where fine dining merges with small plates and fancy bottles, such as the always popular Barra (advance booking essential) alongside nearby Sacre Bleu & La Côte and there is now a much-welcomed more casual vibe of actual wine bars coming into play…

Close to the lovely canal bursting with young Berliners in summer, is the bisto Sorrel, which for sure deserves its own visit for their well-sourced range of tasty bottles and scrumptious food for brunch and dinner, of which some claim has the best Schnitzel in Berlin..

Bar Sway Berlin Neukölln wine

However, the most exciting addition to Berlin as a spot to go mainly for drinking  (with food being secondary) is Bar Sway.

Whilst many head to Bar Sway for the vibe was created by DJ owner Jamie Tiller (who sadly recently passed away) and the affordable wide choice of naturals by the glass, take note that some of the wines dotting the walls here really catch the eye, at very fair prices too. Wine nerds can enjoy sipping Gabrio Bini, Julie Balagny, Robinot, Tschida and many more bangers whilst nibbling on actual bar food - simple Saucisson with pistachios on the side, Grilled cheese in Brioche served with a pickle, Sardines on toast…and even casual packets of crisps! This is exactly the sort of wine bar Berlin was missing - and a must-visit for those not afraid of a loud vibe to enjoy on a night out. Watch a video here


On a similar level, Lager Lager not too far away may sound seemingly exclusive to beer, however, this is a decent neighbourhood bar to enjoy natural wines at good prices too. And shout out to Le Balto too, who like Lager Lager and Bar Sway, are more drink focused than food - although take note their Jewish style bar snacks work a real treat with their mainly Eastern European wines, served from the bottle and tap.


Natural Wine in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Over in neighbouring Kreuzberg, notable spots to visit include perhaps Berlin’s prettiest restaurant & winebar, ORA. This historic space used to be a wooden Apothecary, and is still adorned with the cupboards and shelving. Candlelit dinners amongst green leather seating and intimate side rooms make this a truly beautiful experience, and the wine list is similar to Michelberger, who also own it - refined wines with a sense of place. Seasonal produce is cooked well by the passionate team and service is some of the best in town.

St Bart Berlin Wine Pie

Perhaps one of our personal favourite wine joints in Berlin, is the wonderful St Bart. Located in the Gräfekiez of Kreuzberg, this gastrobar originally inspired by casual London eatery St John offers simple bistro fare with a British influence, great outdoor seating and a bar feel inside too. Expect food to be served ideal for drinking with, such as Scotch Eggs, Oxtail Pies, Fish & Chips, Brick Chicken with Capers, Onglet Steak with Chummichurri or Bacon Sandwiches - all made in house with a lot of love.

 Whilst the original owner very recently sold St Bart on, at the time of writing the high standards and good vibes remain, and this is a strongly recommended place to eat and drink for all, with a decent wine list too by Front of House manager Danny. Watch a video of the place here and do not miss their British-style Sunday Roast for serious feasting…


Vegetarian Restaurants in Berlin with Natural Wine

Vegetarians in search of more upscale dining should head to Michelin starred restaurant Cookies Cream (hidden in perhaps the most Berlin-esque location ever!) where vibrant Sommelier Camille Darroux pairs wines excellently with their innovative plant-based dishes. 

There is also much praise around Sri Lanken vegetarian restaurant Sathutu too, which also features a big love for natural wine.

Lesser visited areas like Wedding, Schöneberg and Charlottenburg leave much to be desired in the way of natural wines, however, for those willing to travel a little outside of the usual districts there is certainly a buzz about new opening Julius in Wedding thanks to a rather impressive wine cellar owned by themselves and big sister hangout of Michelin-starred 8 seater restaurant Ernst, which is now due to close in December 2024.  Natural Wines found at Julius include Tony Bornard, Lefort and many more harder-to-find bottles in Germany.

Natural Wine Guy

Is Berlin a good city for Natural Wine?

Yes, and no. Whilst Berlin may be a little behind other capital cities in regards to the range of natural wine and its distribution - there is for sure a solid scene here, led by a small handful of passionate importers bringing in quality bottles. 

Don’t expect the Berlin natural wine scene to be thriving like Copenhagen or Paris, but for sure expect to see some naturals on the hip restaurant menus and some great bottles if you know where to look…

Like the majority of importers who are foreign, credit for the natural wine awareness and progression in the city could strongly be argued as coming mostly from the many immigrants from around the world who have brought their innovative gastronomic ideas to Berlin, pushing boundaries compared to what was ‘normal’ before and with a certain desire to always keep things improving.

In fact, quite a few bars and restaurants are now often competing with each other to have the bottles no-one else in Berlin gets, by sourcing from importers based in other countries. 

Whilst good for consumers choice in the city, this increasing yet somewhat frowned-upon tactic, could prove concerning for the business of local importers in the future. 

Perhaps that’s the thing with natural wine, isn’t it?

It can become an obsession. 

After a few years of tasting, we’re all on the hunt for the next ‘high’. 


That feeling of sipping something unlike anything else.

Squealing with delight as we spot rare bottles to devour. It’s somewhat surreal.

Almost like we’re ‘Chasing the Dragon’...


Maybe Berlin is Chasing the Dragon too.