Skin fermented white wines, or orange wines, are made from white or pink grape varieties fermented in contact with the grape skins. In order to be certified by VQA, the wine must be fermented on skins for a minimum of 10 days. Due to the skin contact fermentation, orange wines have more tannin and often feature herbal notes and tea-like characteristics.
Pét-Nat, or Mèthode Ancestrale, is a method of sparkling wine production. Unlike the traditional method, in which sugar and yeast are added to the bottle to begin secondary fermentation, pet-nat is created b bottling partially fermented wine. The first and only fermentation occurs in bottle and traps the CO2, creating pét-nat’s bubbles.
A Vegan wine uses no animal products in the winemaking process. While some wines are made with traditional practices, using animal-derived products for various processes during winemaking, vegan wines use vegetable-based alternatives for these processes (e.g. fining or de-acidifying). The best way to confirm a wine is vegan is to contact the winery directly.
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