Please order from your table and, once you’ve had your fill, pay at the bar.
BY THE GLASS
Silvaner 2020 / Schloss Schönberg / 100% Silvaner / Hessische Bergstrasse, Germany / €6
The tiny German wine region of Hessiche Bergstrasse is nestled up against Odenwald mountains enclosed by the Rhine, Main, and Neckar rivers, which serve as natural heat reservoirs and allow for long growing seasons, in turn producing this dry, medium-light bodied wine with a generous amount of acidity, a touch of minerality, and flavors of orange peel and cinnamon.
Esch Hab Di Garn (Natural Wine) / Rohrer / Gewürztraminer & Auxerrois / Alsace, France / €7
Feeling adventurous? Alsacian for "I fancy you," this unfiltered wine is a blend dominated by the above two grapes with just a little Riesling and Muscat, all of which have been hand-picked. The wine is lively on the palate, with notes of ripe pear, and is all around a fresh and funky wine.
Champetre Blanc (Natural Wine) / Laurent Cazottes/ 100% Mauzac / Gaillac, France / €6,5
Mauzac is a very old white grape, that is widely unknown outside the Languedoc-Rousillon region, its native home. It is also reportedly the first grape ever to be made into sparkling wine (by accident, of course). Don’t let its obscurity fool you: it is worth exploring for its peachy taste and green apple skin aromas.
Grivò / Volpe Pasini / 100% Pinot Grigio / Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy / €8
At the heart of this vineyard lies a villa that dates back to 1596, and they have documents to prove they have been producing wine there since the 17th Century. This fruity Pinot Grigio undergoes maceration without skins, giving it a balanced taste that is perfect for all palates. If you are interested in Italian wines and other Italian foods, please visit our neighbors, La Scoperta (Hopland 50)
Achtkantig Blauer Spätburgunder / Schumann / 100% Pinot Noir / Baden, Germany / €7
Schumann is a project of Bettina Schumann, who has been involved in the wine world since the 90’s and her wife, Melanie Panitzke, a sommelier. The Pinot Noir that they produce, which is grown on volcanic soil, is aged in barrels for ten months, so on top of the cherry notes, you’ll get a touch of oak. It is a reductive wine, so it is best to let it breathe a bit, or as they say at Schumann, “Einschenken! Hinsetzen! Abwarten!”
Nouvelle Lune 2020 (Natural Wine) / Rohrer / 100% Pinot Noir / Alsace, France / €7
The Rohrer family has been growing wine for eight generations in the Alsace region, which is better known for its whites, but global warming has pushed them to branch out, and this young Pinot Noir is juicy, light, chock full of red fruit notes, and definitely worth trying out.
Mon Ross / Forteto della Luja / 100% Barbera / Barbera d’Asti, Italy / €7
Barbera is famous for high acidity, juiciness, and velvety structure, which combine to make it a very drinkable wine. In fact, it is said that Barolo is what everyone talks about from Piedmont, but Barbera is what everyone drinks—here’s you chance to find out why! If you are interested in Italian wines and other Italian foods, please visit our neighbors, La Scoperta (Hopland 50)
Saboteur Red 2017 / Luddites / Shiraz Blend / Botrivier, South Africa / €8
Our brothers from South Africa have been making Luddite wines since 1999 and, as their name would suggest, do it as low-intervention and old-fashioned as possible.
They are famous for their Shiraz, and this Shiraz blend has been aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months, adding just a touch of vanilla to the red fruit, black fruit, and cinnamon tastes you will notice once on the palate.
Mulatschak Weisser (Natural Wine) / Meinklang / Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Welschriesling / Burgenland, Austria / €6,5
This dry, unfiltered wine from Meinklang is a great introduction to orange wine—the redheaded stepchild of the wine world; it is aromatic and funky, with notes of grapefruit on the palate and, of course, pale orange in color.
Rosé Brut 2017 / Vaux / Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc & Chardonnay / Rheingau, Germany / €7
A sparkling, dry, and refreshing rosé with aromas of wild strawberries from a storied vineyard in Germany that has been producing sparkling wines ("sekt" in German) since 1868. It is simply an unparalleled aperitif.
La Surprise (Natural Wine) / Philippe & Nicolas / Grolleau & Gamay / Hauts-Baigneux, France / €6,5
Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier are two longtime friends who started a vineyard on just 12 hectares in Azay-le-Rideau back in 2016. This lovely, fresh rosé from the Hauts-Baigneux region of the Loire valley is perfect for sipping on a summer’s day.
Tradition Riesling Brut / Griesel / 100% Riesling / Hessische Bergstrasse, Germany / €7
The Griesel cellars, dating back to 1904, reach deep into the Griesel mountain, and were vacated when Hessian State Wineries moved out. They were saved by Niko Brandner from becoming land for apartments in downtown Bensheim, and for that reason the city gave him complete creative control in making his sekt. This sparkling Riesling is picked young, made using traditional bottle fermentation, sitting on yeast for at least 20 months, so the taste of Riesling in your glass of bubbly is nuanced.
Rosé Brut 2017 / Vaux / Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc & Chardonnay / Rheingau, Germany / €7
BY THE BOTTLE
(Vineyard / Varietal / Region / Price)
- Hannes Sabathi / 100% Sauvignon Blanc / Südsteiermark DAC, AT / €30
- Furmint-Hárslevelü Blend / Gizella Pince / Furmint & Hárslevelü / Tokaj, HU / €24
- Silvaner 2020 / Schloss Schönberg / 100% Silvaner / Hessische Bergstrasse, DE / €21
- Kestener Trocken 2020 / Meierer / 100% Riesling / Mosel, DE/ €21
- Tantaka Blanco / Juanjo Tellaetxe / 100% Ondarrabi Zuri / Txakoli De Alava, ES / €24
- *Champetre Blanc / Laurent Cazottes/ 100% Mauzac / Gaillac, FR / €26
- Aux Bois d’Allier / Cordier Père et Fils / 100% Chardonnay / Mâcon, FR / €32
- Esch Hab Di Garn / Rohrer / Gewürztraminer & Auxerrois / Alsace, FR / €26
- Grivò / Volpe Pasini / 100% Pinot Grigio / DOC Friuli, IT / €29
- Achtkantig Blauer Spätburgunder / Schumann / 100% Pinot Noir / Baden, DE / €28
- Gipskeuper Bonnigheim / Weingut Dautel / 100% Lemberger (or Blaufränkisch) / Württemberg, DE / €29
- *Nouvelle Lune 2020 / Rohrer / 100% Pinot Noir / Alsace, FR / €29
- Mon Ross 2020 / Forteto della Luja / 100% Barbera / Barbera d’Asti DOC, IT / €27
- Saboteur Red 2017 / Luddite / Shiraz Blend / Botrivier, ZA / €32
- Shiraz 2014 / Luddite / 100% Shiraz / Botrivier, ZA / €45
- *Pour L'Instant / Bel Air / 100% Syrah / Ventoux, FR / €27
- *Mulatschak Weisser / Meinklang / Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Welschriesling / Burgenland, AT / €25
- *Putes Féministes / Vins et Volailles / Muscat & Gewurtztraminer / Bergholtz, FR / €34
- Vaux Rosé / Spätburgunder / Rheingau, DE / €30
- *La Surprise / Philippe & Nicolas / Grolleau & Gamay / Hauts-Baigneux, FR / €24
- Tradition Riesling Brut / Griesel / 100% Riesling / Hessische Bergstrasse, DE / €30
- Barth Rheingau Extra Brut / 100% Riesling / Rheingau, DE / €29
- Vaux Rosé Brut / Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc & Chardonnay / Rheingau, DE / €30
*A quick note about natural wines: natural wines are not simply organic. Generally, the term is applied to vineyards who reject today’s sophisticated winemaking technology, and seek to produce wine in the same manner they did a century ago. This means the yeast they use tends to be wild, sulfites are usually not added, and the vineyard’s environmental impact is minimal.
LIQUIDS THAT AREN’T WINE
- Rex (6,9% ABV) - 4,5
- new blonde beer from Van Tricht Kaasaffineurs which has a fresh, fruity, and hoppy taste
- Triple d'Anvers (8% ABV) - 4,5
- a strong blond beer brewed with a slightly sweet taste and spicy aromas, brewed just two kilometers away in the famous De Koninck brewery
- Orval (6,2% ABV) - 4,5
- the distinctly fruity and bitter taste of this dry-hopped Trappist beer, first created in 1931 to finance the reconstruction of the abbey, is great in any season
Our beans are brought to you by Crossroast/Caffe Mundi (Oude Beurs 24, 2000 Antwerpen)
- Espresso - 2,2
- Double Espresso - 2,5
- Americano - 2,5
- Cappuccino - 3,2
- Flat White - 3,7
- Latte - 3,5
Hot Chocolate & Chai
- Dark/Puur Chocolate – 3,5
- Milk/Melk Chocolate – 3,5
- Chai Latte – 3,5
- Dirty Chai Latte – 4,5
Our teas are brought to you by Songbird/Caffe Mundi (Oude Beurs 24, 2000 Antwerpen)
- Earl Grey (Black) - 3
- English Breakfast (Black) - 3
- Orange (Black) - 3
- Steamed Zomba (Green) - 3
- Peach & Ginger (Green) - 3
- White Hibiscus (White) - 3
- Rooibos - 4
- Chamomile – 4
- Fritz Cola (20 cL) - 2,5
- Fritz Cola Light (20 cL) - 2,5
- Fritz Rhubarb Soda (20cL) - 3
- Ginger Ale (20 cL) – 3,5
- Ginger Beer (20 cL) - 3,5
- Apple Juice (20 cL) - 2,5
- Sparkling (20cL) – 2,3
- Still (20cL) – 2,3
- From the tap – Free
OH YEAH, FOOD IS A THING
- Hummus - 6
- Served with crackers
- Olives - 4,5
- Bella Cerignola olives from Italy
- Italian Salami with Fennel – 7
- Brought to you by La Scoperta
- Cheese of the Month - 8,5
- Brought to you by Van Tricht
- Cookie by Cookiele - 3,5
- Check the stand
Luddites is bookstore, wine bar and a safe haven for people who want to evade the digital world, in pursuit of quietude or Bacchic bliss. Housed in a historic building in the center of Antwerp, we offer the largest selection of English books in the city, as well as a great selection of Dutch books. Hidden just up the stairs is a wine bar where customers can enjoy an exceptional but affordable glass of wine.
Luddites is a project dreamed up by Richard Bolte and Jorien Caers on one dark, stormy night. We think was also the Ides of March or something—but, like, in October of 2018. After more than a year of planning, renovating and deciding we're never ever coming near a can of paint again, Luddites officially opened its doors on the 5th of March 2020.
Luddites is not a French word and is not pronounced like “crudités.” Luddites believed in Luddism and claimed to be followers of Ned Ludd, a largely fictional character probably based on King Lud of Britain, who was also largely fictional. Thus, it is pronounced luh-daits, just like supporters of King James II’s claim to the throne were called Jacobites (ja-kub-baits).