Pét Nat is short for Pétillant Naturel, a French term used to describe a naturally sparkling wine.
It’s not Champagne because it’s not made there, and it’s not simply a sparkling wine because of its unique production process.
A Pét-Nat is made using the méthode ancestrale, whereby the wine is bottled just before the fermentation is complete. The active yeasts continue to ferment the remaining sugars in the bottle, et voilà—you’ve just carbonated your wine!
The yeasts eventually die and settle to the bottom of the bottle. We then hand riddle each bottle, forcing the yeasts into the neck. A few weeks later we submerge the neck of each bottle in dry ice to freeze the yeast. We use an ancient and manual method called à la volée to disgorge the yeast plug, top the bottles back up with more of the same wine, and put a closure on it. Lastly, we hand label these beauties. It's a true labor of love, but once you try it, you'll see why it's worth all the work.
Pét-Nats are lively, fizzy, crisp, and fun. Ours is made from a distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with notes of fresh pear, green apple, and brioche.