Institut del Cava is a great organisation working to spread the the word of Cava all over the world, and have helped me and Andréas very much during our research for our books and we consider them great friends.
It is fantastic that their new website is now up and running!
So go and have a look!! There is so much information to be had!
We have met Pere at Castell Sant Antoni only once before, but it still feels like seeing an old friend when he drives up to meet us, outside his office in Sant Sadurní.
Castell Sant Antoni is probably the youngest Cava house here in the Penedès. But it definitely has a bright future, because when we see Pere this time he is practically glowing! His son has declared that he wants to go in his fathers footsteps and has started to study to become an enolog. It is fantastic news and we are looking forward to seeing what son and father will come up with together in the future! One thing that is sure is that we will be able to find Castell Sant Antoni’s Cavas in many countries in the future, because Pere is flying back and forth and already he is exporting to several states in the US, Switzerland, Denmark, Mexico and soon Sweden. It would make us so happy to find Pere’s cavas in Sweden!
The family company only makes about 80 000 bottles a year and are slowly expanding. In 2015 they will have 15 hectars of their own, but will still have a close collaboration with some of their friends that grow parts of the grapes they need. Macabeu, Xarel.lo, Parellada and Chardonnay are what they use mostly in the cupage, and Pere admits that Xarel.lo is his favourite grape.
Sitting in the family´s little “wine house” up among the vine yards together with Pere and his wonderful wife Ángels is truly amazing, and while the sun sets over Penedés we talk about Peres cavas and eat great tapas that Àngels has put together and we never want to leave!
Thank you so much Pere and Àngels for a wonderful time! See you on Friday in Cavatast!