Updated February 7, 2023
I was introduced to natural wine last year by my dear friend Samantha at Regions of Italy. Since then, I’ve been to a few tastings, a bunch of natural wine bars in Rome, and have enjoyed many (many) glasses of the good stuff.
As these things tend to go, after I tried natural wine for the first time, I started seeing it everywhere. Even since I started putting this post together, more places that serve natural wine have popped up.
I’ve written this ultimate guide to natural wine in Rome so that you know exactly where to get it. Bookmark it for your next trip to the Eternal City, and cin cin!
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The ultimate natural wine guide to Rome
What is natural wine?
In a nutshell, natural wine is produced with no pesticides, additives or chemicals. In other words, the winemaking process is “natural” from grape to bottle.
The farming practices are organic. The grapes are picked by hand and then juiced, and the fermentation process makes use of yeast that’s floating around naturally in the air or found on the skin of the grapes. Nothing is added to start or manage the process of the grape juice becoming wine.
Many people refer to this type of wine as being “alive” or “living,” because it’s full of naturally occurring microbiological life.
Is natural wine organic?
Yes. According to Isabelle Legeron, who founded the RAW Wine Fair, “All natural wines are organic, but not all organic wines are natural.” This is because certain interventions can be made that don’t occur when making natural wine, such as adding something to start or manage fermentation or to clarify organic wines.
It’s all a bit confusing, because some people put organic and biodynamic wines under the “natural wine” umbrella. Indeed, I notice that when ordering wine online, searches for natural wine often turn up organic and biodynamic ones. According to purists, that’s incorrect, but these wines are very often all lumped together without specifying what’s organic vs. biodynamic vs. 100% natural.
What does natural wine taste like?
As you can imagine, because natural wine is produced differently than conventional and organic wines, it often tastes different too.
My favorite natural wines are pet nats, short for the French pétillant naturel (naturally sparkling). The fermentation of these wines continues once they’re bottled, so the CO2 given off by the yeast gets trapped, giving the wine some fizz. The taste of pet nats can change as they age and the yeast consumes the sugars, meaning that young ones can be sweet but get drier as they age. Some pet nat rosés bring to mind a fruity sour beer and whites often have a tangy kick. If you like kombucha or cider, you might love these kinds of natural wines.
To be fair, I have had a few natural wines that were appalling, particularly a still white that was poured into my empty glass by a friendly drunk before I could catch the server’s eye to order more of the lovely rosé I had been drinking. I have also had a natural orange wine that I would not like to encounter ever again, if possible. Both of these wines were acidic and bitter, like drinking liquid heartburn, and they dried my mouth out.
Don’t be scared, though! Natural wines aren’t for everyone, but try before you dismiss them!
What do natural wines look like?
Some natural wines are cloudy, because of the lack of additives to clarify them. Some have sediment, called a “fondo” in Italian, which means “bottom”. Others look just like conventional wines.
Where to find natural wine in Rome
So, how can you get your hands on some natural wine in Rome? You have three choices – go to a natural wine bar, dine in a restaurant that serves natural wines, or shop and bring a bottle (or two) home!
Wine bars and restaurants that serve natural wines in Rome generally focus on high-quality, seasonal and local ingredients. After all, if you’re going to consume wine that doesn’t contain a bunch of chemicals and additives, why should you eat food that does?
I’ll do my best to update this list as necessary. As I said above, that’ll be quite a job, because new restaurants and bars that serve natural wine in Rome are opening up all the time!
Natural wine bars in Rome
Note that you can purchase bottles to take away at many, if not all of these bars.
Tibibbo – Via Poggio Ameno 52 – +39 370 374 1308
Wine bar with a kitchen that focuses on high-quality local ingredients.
Enoteca Peccati – Via delle Albizzie 12 – +39 06 6477 1389
Beers and liquor are available at this natural wine bar in Centocelle, which also has a delivery service.
Enoteca Wine Concept – Via Capo d’Africa 21 – +39 06 7720 6673
The wines at Enoteca Wine Concept are 100% from small producers, and 90% of them are natural.
I haven’t been to Metà, but I just looked at their Instagram (linked above) and started drooling, so it’s going on the list.
Mostò – Viale Pinturicchio 32 – +39 392 257 9616
Shop around or sit, snack and stay awhile at this beloved natural wine bar in the north of Rome.
La Mescita – Via Luigi Fincati 44 – +39 333 301 5847
The first natural wine bar I ever went to! During aperitivo, each glass comes with a plate of nibbles.
Bar Bozza – Via Giulio Rocco 27 – +39 348 897 0047
Bar Bozza is a relative newcomer to the natural wine scene, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. Read my full post about Bar Bozza here.
Naturavino – Via Federico Enriques 25 – +39 06 9799 3937
Naturavino serves natural wines and sells bottles to go. They’re open for aperitivo, dinner and after dinner drinks.
oWine – Via Guido de Ruggiero 64 – +39 06 9593 8970
Natural wines, cocktails and food are all on offer at this wine bar/bistro.
Litro – Via Fratelli Bonnet 5 – +39 06 4544 7639
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT
Open for aperitivo and dinner, Litro’s Insta bio says “Only natural wine and natural food.” What more could you want? They also have a big mezcal selection.
La Barrique – Via del Boschetto 41B – +39 06 47825953
Open for lunch, aperitivo and dinner, the menu at La Barrique changes daily according to what’s fresh.
Enoteca Bulzoni – Via dei Parioli 34 – +39 06 8070494
Enoteca Bulzoni has been open since 1929. In 2017, it was transformed from a wine shop to a tasting room with a kitchen.
Caffè Sospeso Enoteca – Via Gentile da Mogliano 172 – +39 328 562 9789
Cider, natural wines and food are available to accompany your aperitivo or dinner, or you can pop in late night for a postprandial tipple.
SO2 – Via Ettore Giovenale 62a – +39 346 749 8568
SO2 is a lively natural wine bar and distributor. (It’s also where the aforementioned friendly neighborhood drunk filled my glass with some pretty ghastly wine, so watch your cup.)
Vigneto – Piazza dei Condottieri 26/27 – +39 06 21710136 – +39 328 3131018
Vigneto is a natural wine bar that has a delivery service. Sip at the bar, or order a few bottles right to your door.
Barnaba – Viale della Piramide Cestia 45-47 – WhatsApp +39 3516618020
PERMANENTLY CLOSED (pretty sad about this – it was the closest natural wine bar to my house!)
Barnaba’s natural wine selection is divided into thirds – Italian, non-Italian (mostly French), and Champagnes. Their menu offers a lot of small plates that are great for sharing, and full meals, too.
Ultimo Banco – Via dei Prati della Farnesina 22 – +39 06 8667 3287
One of the newer natural wine bars in Rome, Ultimo Banco has food and a nice selection of wines by the glass and bottle.
Il Franco – Via Cesare Bosi 18 – +39 345 467 1890
Natural wine and cicchetti are served at this enoteca.
Spaccio Grosso – Via Ancona 40 – +39 0689014684
According to their Insta bio, they’re your “personal good wine and natural food dealer.”
Fischio – Piazzale degli Eroi – +39 342 529 0533
Fischio is a kiosk that serves natural wines and craft beer near the Cipro metro stop. Seating is limited, but the hip crowd that flocks there takes over the area behind the bar, leaning on a low wall and chatting away. They’ve got a bathroom now too, so it’s a lot easier to stay and keep drinking.
Giufà – Via degli Aurunci 38 – +39 06 4436 1406
Giufà is half natural wine bar and half bookshop, so you can browse and booze at the same time.
Beer is the emphasis at Mashroom, but they also sell natural wines, and their menu looks verrrry interesting (*adds to never-ending list of places to go in Rome*).
Vinificio – Piazza dell’Emporio 1 – +39 389 179 8451
Another newish kid on the block, I couldn’t have been happier when Vinificio opened because it’s so close to my house! The sister of Pastificio in San Lorenzo, Vinificio’s slogan is “vino vero cibo funky” or “real wine funky food”. I love the cool interior and the food I’ve had there has been great.
Enoteca L’antidoto – Vicolo del Bologna 19 – No reservations
Keep an eye on L’antidoto’s Instagram account – they often have special tasting dinners where they bring producers in and pair small plates made by guest chefs with natural wines.
Latteria Trastevere – Vicolo della Scala 1 – +39 06 5833 2008
Tiny outdoor tables and twinkly lights make this the perfect spot for a romantic evening in Trastevere.
Looking for more ROMAnce? (See what I did there?) Check out my post on where to go on a dinner date in Rome!
Restaurants that serve natural wine in Rome
Must! – Viale Aventino 83 – +39 368 340 6733
A large selection of natural wines can be found at Must!, a bistro/watering hole that serves up food and drinks from 6pm – 2am Tuesday through Saturday. If you’re hungry, try the chicken nuggets.
Legs GO – Via Giovanni da Empoli (Ostiense) – +39 06 8395 7506
Their Instagram bio reads “Italian fried chicken, local craft beer, raw wine.” Sounds good to me! The original Legs is in Centocelle, but they opened a takeaway spot in Ostiense!
Centorti Osteria Culturale – Via dei Glicini 46a/b – +39 333 613 1021
Recently included in a list of Puntarella Rossa’s best modern trattorie in Rome (which, incidentally, corresponds pretty closely to my post on where to eat in Rome – I guess I’m a modern trattoria kind of girl), Centorti pays strict attention to its wine list and features many recipes and products from the Lazio region.
Cocktails, an impressive menu, and of course, a natural wine list are all available at this 1900s-style bistro.
Opened by the same crew behind Trecca (one of my favorite restaurants in Rome), Circoletto serves up what might be classified as Roman pub food. The menu’s always changing, but on my recent experiences there, the highlights included a tramezzino with house-made beef tongue pastrami, pizza bianca with a pile of mortadella, baccalà fried golden brown, oh and, some great natural wines, of course!
“Non basta che sia buono!” (It’s not enough to be good!) says the wall of this modern trattoria, which strives for food to be more than just good, but also ethical and sustainable.
Marzapane prides itself on creating simple, delicious dishes using the highest-quality ingredients from small producers. Their wine list boasts 100 labels with an emphasis on Sicily.
5e28 – Via Costantino 34 – +39 329 2665213
A combination of Roman food and non, 5e28 mixes innovation with tradition, with a glass of natural wine on the side.
TukTuk Ride – Via Giovannipoli 125 – +39 06 8901 1631
Alongside craft beers and clever cocktails is a nice selection of natural wines at TukTuk Ride, which serves up a variety of traditional Thai and Thai-inspired dishes.
TukTuk Ride is on my list of the best non-Italian restaurants in Rome!
Asian Inn – Viale Guglielmo Marconi 586 – 06 9259 2048
Craving something besides cacio e pepe? Head to Asian Inn for Chinese food and Italian natural wine!
Cesare al Casaletto – Via del Casaletto 45 – 06 536015
Not only does Cesare have a huge natural wine list, they also have FRIED GNOCCHI CACIO E PEPE. Come hungry, and wear your stretchiest pants.
La Gatta Mangiona is well loved and well known for its thick-crust pizza, which you can wash down with craft beer or natural vino.
Uve e Forme – Via Padova 6/8 – +39 06 4423 6801
An enoteca/bistro, Uve e Forme sometimes hosts aperitivi with natural wine producers. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
Il Franco – Via Cesare Bosi 18 – +39 345 467 1890
Marigold is one of my favorite places to eat in Rome, so I was thrilled to discover that they have natural wines, too. The friendly staff and the coffee, brunch, lunch and baked goods offered can’t be beat. They do seasonal dinners, too, so check their website or Instagram account to keep up with the latest.
Fratelli Mori is a cozy, convivial spot for Roman classics paired with natural wine. Don’t miss the desserts, either. They’re some of the best in the city.
Trattoria Pennestri – Via Giovanni da Empoli 5 – + 39 06 574 2418
Trattoria Pennestri serves up modern Roman cuisine and has earned a spot in the Michelin guide.
Fuorinorma – Via Giuseppe Giulietti 5 – +39 9436 6835
Sustainable, local, fresh ingredients are on the menu at Fuorinorma (and so is natural wine).
I love Armando al Pantheon, so much so that I have a whole post dedicated to it. Go. Eat the gricia, fettuccine with chicken giblets, saltimbocca, cicoria ripassata, whatever else sounds good (because it will be), and wash it down with some natural wine. By the way, I’m not the only one who loves it – so book well in advance.
The menu at Retrobottega changes seasonally, but it always looks interesting, and their wine list is HUGE. If you’re looking for a splurge for your time in Rome, this might just be a good place to do it.
Vegetarian and vegan food are served in this osteria.
Food from Abruzzo and natural wine. Yes, please. Pastorie has a special place in my heart, because I went there to celebrate the day I got my Italian citizenship!
La Santeria Bistrot – Via del Pigneto 209 – 06 64801606
A mix of Roman and international cuisine are served at this recently reopened bistro.
La Santeria di Mare – Via del Pigneto 213 – 06 89230730
The sister restaurant of the bistrot, La Santeria di Mare, specializes in seafood (and natural wines, of course).
Écru – Via Accaioli 13 – +39 0668804282
Considering that Ècru specializes in raw, organic vegan food, it would make sense that they serve it up with natural wine!
Galbi – Via Cremera 21 – +39 06 884 2132
If you’re tired of Roman food, head to Galbi for Korean and natural wine.
I recently went to Barred for the first time, and it was stellar. The food was inventive, taking classic ingredients to new heights (e.g. traditional Roman beef tongue paired with ponzu sauce and apricots), and they have a killer natural wine selection.
A massive wine list (1,000 labels, according to their website) accompanies a menu that has something for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans.
Santo Palato is one of my favorite restaurants in Rome. The menu changes, but you can always find a few classics, a few specials, some innovative quinto quarto dishes, and excellent natural wines.
Trattoria Epiro – Piazza Epiro 26 – +39 06 6931 7603
Natural wines pair with a small menu that’s boosted by seasonal specials at this well-loved spot in San Giovanni.
Farinè was recommended to me by a friend who works in the world of natural wine in Rome, so on a hot summer night when I found myself unexpectedly in San Lorenzo, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been back several times since. The wines are great, and the pizzas come in three sizes, so that means you can try a bunch of different ones! After all, the only thing better than pizza is more pizza, right?
Located in an old pasta factory, Pastificio San Lorenzo combines retro vibes with a modern twist.
A cozy Roman/Pugliese restaurant in San Lorenzo with the best. fried. anchovies. ever.
A bistro that serves natural wines and craft beers located on a lively strip near San Paolo.
Trecca – Via Alessandro Severo 222 – +39 06 8865 0867
I love Trecca. The staff is great, the food is dynamite, and the natural wine is always flowing. If you’re in Rome, don’t miss it.
Collettivo Gastronomico Testaccio – Largo Dino Frisullo 1 – +39 389 248 8413
This spot behind the Mattatoio is open for lunch, aperitivo and dinner on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The wine list isn’t all natural, so this is a great option for mixed groups of natty fans and non.
Sip natural wine while enjoying the sunset at Jacopa’s dreamy rooftop space.
Loving the Roman rooftop experience? Check out my complete guide to rooftop restaurants and bars in Rome!
From the warm, friendly staff to the natural wine to the hearty dishes on the menu (they make their lasagna in a wood-fired pizza oven), dining at La Tavernaccia is a delight.
Most people go to this pub for burgers and beer, and rightly so, but if you prefer wine like me, check out their list of naturals.
The menu at Proloco Trastevere specializes in ingredients sourced locally from Rome and Lazio.
One of Rome’s most creative pizzerias, you’ll find seasonally rotating toppings at Seu that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Their summer 2021 menu included pizzas topped with prosciutto e melone and chicken SEUsar salad, just to name a few.
Eufrosino Osteria – Via di Tor Pignattara 188 – 348 588 3932
The menu changes monthly and showcases specialties from all over Italy.
A great wine list complements an eclectic menu at Osteria Grandma. By eclectic I mean that when I ate there I had injera, a traditional bread from Ethiopia, with lentils and vegetables, and my friend had picchiapò, a Roman classic of boiled meat with onion and tomato.
Natural wine shops in Rome
Ciao – Vicolo di San Celso 8 – +39 3791732598
This self-described grocery store sells farm-fresh food, natural wines and craft beers and plays music. I haven’t been to Ciao yet, but I can’t wait to check it out.
Fermentazioni – Via Giovan Battista Gandino 16 – +39 328 035 4293
Natural wines, craft beers and snacks are all available at Fermentazioni.
Solo Vino – Via Rialto 25 – + 39 347 990 0589
Don’t let the tiny size of this shop fool you – they’ve got a great selection! As an added bonus, they deliver in Rome and ship all over Italy.
Enoteca Vetro – Via Emilio Faà di Bruno 69 – Order at: +39 3278113166
This spot offers same-day delivery all over Rome.
Les Vignerons – Via Goffredo Mameli 61/62 – +39 06 6477 1439
One of the better-known natural wine shops in Rome, Les Vignerons focuses on small producers, and also sells food items and beer.
Other places to have natural wine in Rome
Campo de’ Fiori
Rimessa Roscioli – Via del Conservatorio 58 –+ 39 06 6880 391
In addition to the Roscioli family’s salumeria, bakery, and bar, Rimessa Roscioli is a restaurant that also offers a few different culinary experiences, including wine tastings, cooking classes, a restaurant and even a wine club!
VinoRoma – Via dei Selci 84G – firstname.lastname@example.org
With a motto of “Drink wine. Not too much. Mostly Italian.” VinoRoma offers a new way to experience natural wine in the Eternal City. They specialize in wine education at their studio and cellar. Sign up for their newsletter to learn about upcoming events (see the bottom of their homepage).
Natural wine fairs in Rome
Vini Selvaggi is an annual natural wine fair in Rome. Check out their website for dates and details.
This is another annual wine fair in Rome. Their next session will be held in January 29 and 30, 2022.
VAN has a yearly fair and also does tastings in various enotecas, wineries and restaurants, too.
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