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Wine Shop

Ardor Natural Wines is a Natural Wine shop. It is located at 729 SE Morrison St and houses a comprehensive list of natural wine available for retail purchase and drinking on site. Our mission is to increase accessibility of natural wine for everybody.

Contact

By Phone: 818-645-8595
By Email: info@ardornaturalwines.com
Location: 729 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Website: www.ardornaturalwines.com
Instagram: @ardornaturalwines

REGULAR HOURS

Wednesday – Friday 2-8
Saturday 12-8
Sunday 12-6

MISSION STATEMENT

Ardor Natural Wines builds community around small-production natural wines. We appreciate character-driven wines that focus on terroir and receive minimal intervention from the winemaker.

We sell unique wines from all over the world. The selection is frequently changing based on the wines available to us that we are vibing with. Our selections are produced and imported in very limited quantities so frequent changes to our list should be anticipated.

Our wines run the spectrum from inexpensive vin de soif to hard to find boutique producers. Ardor aims to remove the pretense often associated with wine — it is a delicious beverage. Wine began as, and should continue to be, an accessible drink for all people.

WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?

Courtesy of Jenny & François Selections
What we call natural wines are wines made with the least possible use of chemicals, additives and overly technological procedures. This includes chemicals in the field, such as pesticides, as well as the things in wine like sulfur or any of the almost 200 allowed additives that are legally permitted in wine. It includes many technological manipulations of wine that we think erase the individuality of the product and the place it comes from — the terroir. Our definition of natural wine is very similar to the German purity laws of beer making, which say that beer can be made only of water, barley, and hops. Purely natural wine, to us, is made of grape juice and little else.

There are a lot of ways one can get to a wine we would consider natural. They include organic and biodynamic grape growing. But grape growing is just that: what is done in the fields. For a wine to really be natural for us, the same philosophies must continue into the winery up until bottling occurs.

It must also be vinified as naturally as possible. This means that after it has been cultivated organically or biodynamically, there must be a minimal use of additives and technological manipulations. Examples of additives include sugar, acidifiers, and powdered tannins. Manipulations can include the use of spinning cones to remove alcohol, micro-oxygenation to accelerate aging, and the use of laboratory cultivated yeast.

*The key aspects of what we consider to be a natural wine are:

  • Vineyards farmed organically and/or biodynamically
  • Use of indigenous yeast
  • Handpicked grapes
  • Low to no filtering
  • Low to no sulfites
  • Winemaking that respects the grapes
  • No chaptalization

This style of winemaking for us represents an excellent way to express terroir. We do not eschew modernity, but we favor techniques that help to express a sense of place, rather than new-fangled modern ones that tend to homogenize wine styles and erase individuality.