Quartzwood Vidal Pet Nat 2020
Producer: Quartzwood Farm
Varietal: 93% Vidal Blanc, 7% Petit Manseng
Region: Lucketts, Virginia
The first skin contact sparkling wine to christen Virginia's tables. Although technically an orange wine and a pet nat, this vintage is surprisingly reserved, sidestepping the sometimes abrasive funk and cider-like qualities that define the genres. Vidal Blanc takes center stage, a hybrid varietal crossed between Ugni Blanc and Rayon d'Or, a French/American hybrid itself.
Quartzwood holds a special place in our hearts. Winemaking and veteran viticulturist, Ben Sedlins, acted as a mentor to Kelly during her early days in the world of wine. He has continued to offer guidance through the development of Artemisia Farm and Vineyard, and remains a friend after many years. Ben is a strong proponent of hybrid grapes. After over a decade working managing vineyards throughout Virginia and witnessing first hand the immense chemical burden that European grapes require in order to tolerate our humid climate, he embarked on a journey to challenge the common narrative.
His work redefines expectations of Virginian wine in and beyond the region, proving that we can, indeed, carve out an identity that marries both wine and sustainability.