Cheers to raw wine in Montréal

Montréal’s blossoming raw wine scene is something to boast – and toast – about. And where better than at Raw Wine, a two-day celebration of all things oenophile? This weekend fair, at Le Salon 1861 on October 24 and 25, 2019, honours some of the best wine talents in the world. Come on down to learn, taste and purchase some amazing vintages, all produced according to low-intervention organic and biodynamic techniques.

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What exactly is raw wine?

Raw wine – also known as natural wine – might be a trend right now, but it uses techniques that date back to the dawn of wine. Natural wine is farmed organically without the use of artificial chemicals and made (or rather transformed) without any additives or processing aids. Prepared by hand using artisanal techniques, it keeps interventions in the naturally occurring fermentation process to a minimum, meaning neither fining nor tight filtration are used. The result is a living wine – wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology.

About the Raw Wine fair

Raw Wine is an international fair that’s also taken place in Berlin, Miami, New York and L.A. in past years. The Montréal edition is happening October 24 and 25, 2019, at Le Salon 1861 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair was created by world-renowned natural wine advocate Isabelle Legeron to be an independent wine event that celebrates what she calls “wines with emotion” and bring together its growers, importers, trade professionals and wine amateurs from far and wide.

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Where to enjoy raw wine in Montréal

Before and after the Raw Wine fair, where can you taste raw wines in the city? Um, everywhere! Raw wines are a rising trend all over Montréal restaurants, as well as some of the best-known wine bars. Here are a few of our favourite places to enjoy some stunning natural wines year-round.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an arts and lifestyle writer based out of Parc Ex. When she isn't dragging her one-eyed pug around the neighbourhood, she's busy scoping out art shows, shopping for vintage finds, hiking urban trails or designing jewelry for her brand Gré. 

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