Cava de paraje calificada is a new possibility for the top end producers to label their most exclusive cavas. The first are expected to be launched in 2017.
The rules for Paraje:
-All the nine varieties are allowed: Xarel-lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Malvasia/Subirat Parent, Chardonay, Garnaxa, Monastrel, Trepat and Pinot noir.
-Maximum yield of 8,000 kg/ha or 48 hl/ha
-36 months ageing in bottle
-Only vintage wines
-Only Brut (or dryer)
-The wine cannot be acidified, and it must have a natural acidity level of 5.5 g/l (measured in tartaric)
BUT a very important rule is that producers can only get cavas qualified for Paraje if they vinify 85% of their own wines. That means that many of the producers will be excluded just because they do not own enough of their own vines.
There are so far 24 producers interested in presenting cavas for this new classification, according to the latest news from the regulatory board. But only 12 sites have been granted the new lable, but there will hopefully be more to come in the future.
The 12 Cava sites, and the houses that own them:
- Vinyes de Can Martí – Torelló
- Turó d’en Mota – Recaredo
- Serral del Vell – Recaredo
- Vallcirera – Alta Alella
- La Capella – Juvé i Camps
- Can Sala – Freixenet
- La Pleta – Codorníu
- El Tros Nou – Codorníu
- La Fideuera – Codorníu
- Can Prats – Vins el Cep
- Font de Jui – Gramona
- Terroja – Castellroig