I don't know you, but I find fascinating how much history related to wine we could find in Europe and how old wine regions could be there. At the North East of Spain in the Region of Catalonia, there is one of the oldest wine regions you could find in the area, the region of the Penedès.
Numerous civilisations have passed through this region, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Iberians, making it a region where vines have been cultivated since immemorial times. In fact, it is believed that the Penedès region was born 2,700 years ago, thanks to the archaeological discoveries of carbonised seeds at the Iberian site at Font de la Canya (Avinyonet del Penedès). Thought to be remains from pressing grapes, the team was thus able to establish a start date for the birth of this wine region.
This Region with such a long history in wine making is nowadays recognised for a more "modern style" of wine, its Cavas. And what is Cava? you might ask. Cava is a very interesting sparkling wine produced using a similar process than the process of production of Champagne but using three different grape varieties instead: Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parrellada, all of them early harvested to keep high acidity. There is also a base wine fermentation from predominantly free run juice and a second fermentation in the bottle.
We have prepared this guide to introduce you in the world of Cava so you can compare it with other Sparkling wines that you may know and increase your knowledge about wine.
We have created two mixed cases to help you discover this Wine Region and its wines:
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