What are these “pet nat” sparkling wines my trendy friends keep talking about?
Recently dubbed as ‘hipster bubbles’ by wine lovers, Pet Nat (short for Pétillant Naturel) is a natural sparkling wine. Being a fully naturally made wine this means it has been made with minimal intervention from the winemaker – during production, who instead leaves nature to do its job and develop the finished product. Despite its recent surge in popularity, Pet Nat is actually far from being the new hipster kid on the block. Like many of the wines being brought into popularity at the moment this sparkler actually dates back pre-Champagne, and has been enjoyed by the French for centuries. The pét-nat method is not limited to a specific region, but the current leading areas include the Loire Valley, Limoux in France, and Italy, where Prosecco pet nat practitioners call it “col fondo.”
How is Pet Nat Made?
Like any wine naturally made they are produced with low alcohol (usually 10-12% abv) and with no added sugars or preservatives, essentially making it a healthier alternative to prosecco – which is usually loaded with sugar. As reported by Bloomberg; Pétillant-naturel (natural sparkling) is a catch-all term for practically any sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished, without the addition of secondary yeasts or sugars. (This is in contrast to méthode champenoise, the method used to make Champagne and other more-common sparkling wines, in which a finished wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle with additional yeasts and sugars).
How does Pet Nat differ from Prosecco or Champagne?
The Pet Nat method produces a simpler, more rustic sparkler than Champagne, one that is traditionally cloudy, unfiltered, and often bottled with a crown cap – like a beer, rather than a cork and a muselet. Like many natural wines the end product is usually unpredictable: Opening each bottle is a surprise, evocative of the time and place where it was bottled and although we shouldn’t promote it, it’s the perfect breakfast wine!
To look at the bright side, the benefit is that Pet Nat’s are affordable, especially compared to some of the astronomic prices of the various Champagne’s out there. You can easily find a number of different bottles all under £25.00, so get on board and try some of the below options available now through us!
4 of the best Pet Nat Wines To Try Now
Costadilà Col Fondo 280 SLM 2017 – £22.00
This small producer in the Treviso area of the Veneto has been one of the pioneers in bringing the pét-nat spirit to prosecco. Ernesto Cattel’s col fondo bottles are recognised by many for the style.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in your PJ’s at home, or at a summer picnic, Pet Nats make the perfect companions!! Basically, if you’re in a place where you can eat everything with your hands, you’re golden.