Pet-nat wine, short for pétillant-naturel, is a type of sparkling wine made using an ancient method of winemaking that predates the traditional method used to produce Champagne.
Pet-nat is made by bottling wine that is still fermenting, which creates carbon dioxide gas that is trapped in the bottle and gives the wine its signature fizziness. This is in contrast to the traditional method, which involves a secondary fermentation process in the bottle, with the addition of yeast and sugar.
Pet-nat wine is often unfiltered and can be cloudy in appearance, with a fresh and lively character. It is typically made with minimal intervention and little to no added sulfites, making it a popular choice among fans of natural wine.
Pet-nat wine can be made from a variety of grapes, both red and white, and is produced in many wine regions around the world. It is often enjoyed as a refreshing and casual wine, and pairs well with a variety of foods, such as seafood, salads, and light pasta dishes.