14-07-2017

The list of the first qualified Cava de Paratge vineyards & their wines

For some time there has been a lot of information floating around about the forthcoming Cava de Paratge (Spanish: Cava de Paraje) qualification for specific vineyards and parcels within the boundaries of DO Cava. If you’re not sure what a “paratge” (pron. pa-RA-cha) is, please read up to better understand where they’re trying to come from on this.

Essentially, it seems that the wines were going to come on to the market at the end of last year, but these things are bureaucratic and thus it took longer for it to come about. In the meantime there was no official list of the Cavas that were going to gain the certification, just those that applied and from last year until now, the list has changed a little but finally, this past June 12th, they have announced the 12 paratges that are fully certified to meet the regulations as well as a tasting panel.

This isn’t going to be easy to understand as the name of the paratge is not always the name of the wine, so below I’ve listed the paratge along with the commercial wine produced from it if the name is different. Also note that in some cases there are actually several wines from a single zone, making for 16 wines from 12 certified paratges.

  • Vinyes de Can Martí – Torelló: Gran Torelló, 225
  • Turó d’en Mota – Recaredo
  • Serral del Vell – Recaredo: Brut de Brut (may change)
  • Vallcirera – Alta Alella: Mirgin Gran Reserva, Mirgin Opus Evolutium
  • La Capella – Juvé i Camps
  • Can Sala – Freixenet: Casa Sala
  • La Pleta – Codorníu
  • El Tros Nou – Codorníu
  • La Fideuera – Codorníu
  • Can Prats – Vins el Cep: Claror
  • Font de Jui – Gramona: III Lustros, Celler Batlle, Enoteca
  • Terroja – Castellroig: Reserva de la Familia

As anyone can readily see, this is a rather confusing situation. I’ve nearly finished tasting all of the wines in this category and most of the producers told me that their labels will be changing if for no other reason than to add the qualification. Some names may be adapted to make it easier to understand to the end consumer. It’s also important to note that in tasting these wines, which at the time included all who had applied, I’ve seen that they were coming in two variants: those of exceptional quality for the region and those that were just “normal”. I’m impressed by the fact that indeed some of those that didn’t make the grade in terms of profile weren’t give the qualification.

At the moment, despite how long this has taken to come to market, it seems that DO Cava is quite serious about maintaining this as a high-level qualification that shows both a single zone (again, paratge isn’t single vineyard) as well as some of the best wines from within the DO.

As I’ve been researching all of this for a much larger article it has taken on me on interesting journey to see that there has been a great deal of interpretation as to what this is going to be. Now that we’ve finally arrived at the point of saying “these are the first paratges” we’ll see where it goes from here. Break open the bubbly!