Catalan cava is a sparkling wine produced according to the traditional or champenoise method in the pleasant, temperate climate of Catalonia. It is regarded as one of the products from our country that has earned the greatest prestige and renown on the world wine market.
Denomination of Origin Cava
Cava website: www.crcava.es
With its own DO, the origin of cava is associated with the splendour of Catalan viticulture in the middle of the 19th century. Its production area includes 160 towns. The wine-making county of El Penedès contributes more than 95% of the total, and its highlight is the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia that turns out more than 75% of the almost 200 million bottles produced per year. The first bottles came out in 1872, and in 1972 the Sparkling Wine Regulatory Council was established, to be followed in 1993 by the first Cava Regulatory Council. A good way of finding out about how cava is made is to visit one of its numerous production facilities.
If Vilafranca is the wine capital of the area, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the cava capital. Here and throughout El Pe-nedès, a large part of the land is furrowed for vineyards. The wineries, or cava-production centers, are scattered around the countryside and offer the visitor the opportunity to gain insider knowledge of what happens to the grapes from when they arrive at the winery to the time they are pressed, left in the cellars and bottled.
The castle was bought in 1923 by Mr. Miguel Mateu and since then the Suqué-Mateu family has turned the Perelada Group into one of the leading wine producers of Spain.
Castillo Perelada is nowadays a prestige reference, backed by the numerous international prizes won throughout the years by wines and cavas.
Learn more at www.castilloperalada.com
Gramona, our family winery, is located in the region of Barcelona, and lies at the foot of the Montserrat mountain range, on the shores of the Mediterranean in the heart of the Penedès denomination of origin.
For more than 125 years our family has been making cavas -- very unique and highly appreciated sparkling wines and wines with character. Both express the original personality of our winery and the traits of the special soils that nurture our wines.
Learn more at www.gramona.com
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