Christoph Hoch

'Kalkspitz' Pet Nat NV

  • Biodynamic
  • Organic

This pet-nat from 12th generation Austrian winemaker Christoph Hoch is packed with flavor and energy. Refreshing and savory, with notes of lime zest, apple, green walnut, grass, and hay.  Stop looking. This is the perfect pet nat sparkler. Pair with appetizers, park hangs, even fried chicken! Biodynamic.

Staff Pick: "Little bubbles and lots of flavor! This pet-nat is my favorite for a refreshing and savor addition to a spring party. It's balanced, bright, and an easy choice for the night!" -- Katelyn

Christoph Hoch

Christoph Hoch is the twelth generation, since 1640, to make wine in his hometown of Hollenburg, Austria, on the south side of the Danube. He doesn't simply want to make 'good' wine, his main goal is to make a wine that inspires emotion, ideally for the wine! Christoph has mostly Grüner Veltliner planted, along with Riesling, Zweigelt, Weissburgunder, Blauer Portugesier, and Muskat Ottonel. He studies his terroir and after discovering the level of active limestone in his vineyards, he had the idea to focus on sparkling wine, which represents 75% of his production. 

Today Christoph has 12 hectares total, all in Hollenburg, and all farmed biodynamically and certified by Demeter. Throughout all of his vineyards, you find a mix of mustard, rye, and phacelia. He categorizes his parcels in four ways: dry, chalky, nutrient-rich, or holds water. Depending on the category, he will plant the herbs and grains accordingly. Mustard brings sulfur to the soil, which protects the plants and transfers it naturally to the wines, so that he can use as little as possible at bottling. Rye brings carbon to the soil. The carbon from the rye works with the phacelia and creates nitrogen. Hoch is constantly innovating and makes his own compost to use in his vineyards. He also works with the wine school in Krems, hosting workshops to teach biodynamic farming.


Hollenberg, Austria

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