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Vineyards of the Penedès

Casa rural Cal Mestre is located in the middle of the vineyards. Almost all Penedès vineyards  produce grapes for cava.

The Penedès is the cradle of cava, the Catalan variant of champagne  The cava from the vineyards of the Penedès is made from the soft and aromatic wine.

A little sugar and yeast are added to the wine Then it is bottled in the traditional ampolles (cava bottles). In it t  a second fermentation takes place. The bottles are stored in wine cellars, first stacked on top of each other and then in racks. They are often repositioned so that the lees do not accumulate at the cork.

Vineyards  of the Penedès | Maturation

After all sediments have been removed, the bottles are finally closed with the typical wire baskets. This is followed by a few more months of aging in the dark cellars. Cava is often lightly spiced, making it the perfect wine for tapas with fish or meat. From grilled prawns to “croquetas”: this wine is a great companion with light, fresh and fatty snacks.

Visit a winery

When visiting a winery, you can convince yourself that sparkling wines from Spain can be just as delicious as those from France. There are several wineries around Cal Mestre. Most of the Penedès vineyards are open to visitors. 

Cal Mestre pours Mas Candi’s cava. A cava company of an ancient family who get their diversity of grapes from the winegrowers in the area and produce several types of cava and various wines in their own vineyards.

Sant Sadurni d’Anoia

Twenty minutes drive from our casa rural is Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, the city of the cava. More than sixty companies are involved in production here. The best known brands are Codorníu and Freixenet.

Winery Codorníu

Codorníu is one of the largest cava producers and the oldest family business in Spain, with a proud and long history.  In 1872 this winery was the first to make good quality cava from local fruit varieties such as macabeu, pearllada and xarello.

In 1872, wine master José Raventos produced the first bottle of cava here. He had watched the champagne flow freely throughout Europe and wanted to emulate this success in Spain. Because the name champagne could not be assigned to this wine, it got its own identity: cava. 

Cathedral of Cava

The Codorníu winery is located just outside Sant Sadurní. The reception is in the Sala Puig, a monument in Art Nouveau style If you’ve been to Barcelona and seen the Sagrada Familia, this “Cathedral of Cava” will certainly look familiar to you.

Codorníu’s biggest surprise is below the Earth’s surface. During your visit you descend with an elevator to a huge wine cellar complex. The corridor system has a length of 38 kilometers and is spread over five floors. 

With carts you whiz through the corridors, past many thousands of bottles of cava The almost constant temperature in these cellars ensures a good second fermentation and maturation of the wine.

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