Pet Nat

Pet Nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is a sparkling wine made by bottling still fermenting juice allowing it to finish its fermentation in bottle.

Unlike Champagne or other sparkling wines there isn't a second fermentation started by adding sugar and yeast. It is a simpler process and is made to be light and refreshing. It is made to be drunk young as an aperitif or on a picnic and for me it takes the place of a cider or light beer - goes with the same kinds of foods. When introducing people to it in the shop I sometimes refer to it as a grape cider though of course it is fully a wine.