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Cava DO Cava

A sparkling wine made using the ‘traditional' or ‘champagne method' with secondary fermentation in the bottle. This method came to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the 19th century and, in 1872, Josep Raventós i Fatjó used it to produce the first 3,000 bottles of cava. Cava became widespread in Spain in the 1920s and reached international recognition in the 1980s. Today, 95% of all cavas come from the Penedès region. Cava is mainly linked to festive celebrations and is drunk all year round.

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Cava is made from a primary fermentation, after which various wines are blended. Next, this blend is bottled with a mixture of sugar and yeast, known as liqueur de tirage in order to trigger a secondary fermentation. A cork is then inserted and the bottles are stacked horizontally to ferment in the dark caves at a constant temperature. After the secondary fermentation, and having aged for at least nine months, the bottle undergoes a process called riddling in order to consolidate the sediment in the neck of the bottle. At the end of this stage comes the disgorging, or removal of the lees and a tiny part of the liquid. The liquid level is then topped by adding liqueur de expedition or more of the same wine, and lastly the bottle is corked. The type of cava produced depends on the liqueur de expedition: sweet cava contains over 50g of sugar per litre; semi-dry 33-50g; dry from 17 to 35g, and brut from 0 to 15g. Cava brut nature does not contain any liqueur de expedition. In the Penedès the most common grape varieties are Macabeu, Xarel·lo, Parellada and Chardonnay. For rosé cava the Pinot Negre and Trepat grapes are also used.

Category: Wine and cava (champagne).
Characteristic of: All of CataloniaCatalunya
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Catalan cava is widely distributed and sold both in Catalonia and abroad, in off licences, supermarkets and department stores.

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