PENEDES is one of the most famous Spanish wine producing regions. However, its fame also comes from the production of Catalan's sparkling wine cava.
The DO Penedes wine region is located between the Catalan pre-coastal mountains and the small plains along the Mediterranean coast. The climate of the Penedes is typically Mediterranean mild and warm, and its orography protects it from the cold winds but lets through the warmer winds like Mistral or other winds from the west, which are very positive for the health of the fruit.
The main white grape varieties used in Penedes wines are Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel.lo and Subirat Parent. For red wine, they use Garnacha tinta, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Samsó.
CAVA Catalan winemakers officially adopted the term cava in 1970 to distinguish their product from French champagne.
Catalan cava is made from three key grapes: Xarel.lo provides the structure for blends, Parellada endows it with a creamy rich character and Macabeo gives acidity and freshness. Some producers also use Chardonnay which performs well in the higher vineyards of Penedès. Red grapes including Pinot Noir and Trepat are used to make rosé cava.
Cava is produced in varying levels of dryness, according to the amount sugar used in the fermentation process.
About 99% of all cava is produced in the Penedès are in Catalonia, with the village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia being home to many of the largest production houses.
Our selected wineries in the Penedes are Cava Jaume Giró i Giró, Marti Serdà and Bolet.