Chëpìka Catawba Pét Nat


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Vintage: 2020
Region: Finger Lakes, New York, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Catawba

Chëpìka Catawba Pét Nat is produced by Pascaline Lepeltier MS and winemaker Nathan Kendall in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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About Chëpìka Catawba Pét Nat

Chëpìka Catawba Pét Nat is produced by Pascaline Lepeltier MS and winemaker Nathan Kendall in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region.

About the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes wine industry began around 1820 when native North American grape varieties thrived. By 1860 the first bonded winery in America was in the village of Hammondsport on Keuka Lake. The sparkling and fortified wines made from the native varieties had great respect throughout the world. Prohibition and changing tastes for European grape varieties made the native, or “Vitis labrusca” grapes, a distant memory.

The name chëpìka comes from the Lenape word for “roots”. Lenape is the language spoken by the Delaware tribe. The winery chose the name as a tribute to the history of northeastern America. Especially the presence of the Native Americans, and the wild American grapes growing in this region. A history that is unfortunately often overlooked. The Delaware grape variety was a major component of the world-renowned sparkling wines that emerged from the region in the 1800s. The grape thrived long with the Catawba grape, and others. A century and a half ago they were some of the most prized cultivars of northeastern North America. These grape varieties are currently used in the mass production of sweet table wines and fruit juices.

About Chëpìka Winery

Chëpìka is the project of winemaker Nathan Kendall and Pascaline Lepeltier MS. They began with the 2016 vintage. The Chëpìka sparkling wines are in the ancestral method. The wines rely only on natural yeasts without anything added. Since 2018 they also make a still version of the Catawba, also with no additives. The Delaware and Catawba grapes are organic from a vineyard near Keuka Lake.

The goal of the project is to work diligently and respectfully with the land. To use the native varieties to recreate the traditional wines of the Finger Lakes. To produce a delicious, affordable, local wine made from the natural and historical resources of the region.


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