The world of cava
What is cava?
Cava is a quality sparkling wine. What makes it special is its second fermentation which takes place in the bottle, following the traditional method. The majority of the grapes come from vineyards in the DO (Designation of Origin) Penedes (Catalonia).
What grape varieties can be found in Berenguer Ramon?
Our Berenguer Ramon cava is composed of grapes from the DO (Designation of Origin) Penedes.
Macabeu: The fragrance and sweetness of its must are the principal characteristics of the cava. It produces musts from 10º to 11º, with medium acidity.
Xarel•lo: Perfect for subtle wines. It produces a must which is highly consistent, between 11º and 12º with good acidity.
Parellada: It produces a dry and aromatic white wine with a moderate-alcohol grade, a fresh aroma, low acidity and fruity.
How is the Berenguer Ramon cava made?
Our Berenguer Ramon is made following the traditional method.
BASE WINE: 1st fermentation
LIQUEUR DE TIRAGE: Bottling process of the wine
BOTTLING: Sugar and yeast are added
SECOND FERMENTATION IN THE BOTTLE AND AGING: 2nd fermentation. 10 to 14 months
RIDDLING: This helps in eliminating any sediments, leaving the cava free of any floating particles.
DISGORGING: The sediments (lees) have settled in the base , it is frozen at -40ºC and it is extracted from the bottle
LIQUEUR D'EXPÉDITION: The secret which makes the Berenguer Ramon such a special cava
CORKED, LABELLED AND PACKAGED
DISTRIBUTION AND SALE
How do you serve cava?
Cave is served cold, extremely cold, from 4º to 6º Celsius, in special glasses.
What is the difference between cava and champagne?
Cava uses different grape varieties than champagne does. Also, cava is produced in the Mediterranean region in Spain, under sunnier skies and with less rain, which yields grapes with lower acidity than those from Champagne (close to Paris, France) where the climate has more precipitation and it is colder.
It is typical for cavas to bottle wines from one single harvest whereas various harvests are added together in Champagne.
Did you know ...?
- The aging process in the bottle takes at least 9 months. The longer it remains in the bottle, the finer, longer-lasting and higher quality the bubbles.
- In the cava producing region, approximately 300 million kilos of grapes are grown and 210 million bottles from this region are sold annually.
- Cava bottles withstand a lot of pressure. The cone-shaped base gives it greater resistance.
The carbonated sparkling wine
What is carbonated sparkling wine?
The production of carbonated sparkling wine is quite similar to that of cava, the only difference being that it does not go through a second fermentation. Instead, to attain the bubbles, carbon dioxide is added.
Which varieties are found in Can Paixano?
Tempranillo: This grape variety produces fruity musts with a good alcoholic grade and moderate acidity.
Carignan: This is a Spanish red wine grape. It has high acidity and a low level of oxidation, which makes it perfect for aging.
Trepat: A red wine grape. It produces bunches low in color pigmentation. Perfect for young blush wines and a base for sparkling wines.
Did you know ...?
Unlike other carbonated sparkling wines, Can Paixano blends carbon dioxide, the wine and the sugar altogether at the same time, leaving the perfect wine in every bottle.