Have you heard of the new Cava de Paraje Calificado, signalling the quality-focused ambition of Penedes leading sparkling winemakers.
There are Cava de Paraje classification’s production rules. These include minimum vine age, single parcel wines, vinified on the estate and aged for a minimum of 36 months in the bottle – an initiative designed to enshrine and showcase the best that Cava can offer and help tip perception of Spain’s favourite fizz by bringing greater focus onto such higher quality wines.
Cava sales and its image have been suffering in the UK and Ireland, with the onslaught of Prosecco often sidelining its Spanish rival. But Cava’s champions have been increasingly vocal in highlighting the quality and true value that Spain’s traditional method sparkling wines are capable of delivering.
The DO Cava and it’s leading producers are clearly confident that Cava de Paraje Calificado will help reinforce such quality messages at a time when Cava sales have been faltering.
Many producers have the ability to [make wines that meet the criteria of Cava de Paraje Calificado, said Bonet the president of the DO Cava. “So this means more quality, more excellence, and this is better for the premium image of the wines.”
It has been highlighted both the geographical and climatic variety of Catalonia’s Cava heartlands, along with the indigenous and international varieties that may be used to produce a wide range of styles, meaning that the new classification folds in both quality and variety.