Time for Cava…!
Spain most popular sparkling wine! Usually present in Catalan houses and especially when it comes to celebrating something special…
Cava is mainly produced near Barcelona and undergoes the exact same production process as Champagne. However, the Spanish process is known as traditional, instead of method method Champenoise ( since Champagne has Protected Geographical Status (PGS)
Nevertheless, colloquially it is still called Champán in Spanish or xampany in Catalan.
About 95% of all cava is produced in the Penedès area in Catalonia, Spain, with the village of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia recognized as the capital of Cava.
But also, in the province of Girona you will find amazing Cava and great wineries! (We would love to show them to you!)
During our tours you will definitely taste some of the best Cava sparkling wines
But what is the origin of this famous Catalan wine, from the French region of Champagne.
Catalan sparkling wine was first made as early as 1851, while the roots of the cava industry can be traced back to Josep Raventós's travels through Europe in the 1860s, where he was promoting the still wines of the Codorníu Winery.
His visits to Champagne sparked an interest in the potential of a Spanish wine made using the same traditional method.
He created his first sparkler in 1872, after the vineyards of Penedès were devastated by the phylloxera plague, and the predominantly red vines were being replaced by large numbers of vines producing white
If you also want to enjoy a chilled glass of Cava and learn more about other delicious Catalan gastronomic traditions, do not miss our guided food tours of Girona.
You will truly have a unique experience!