Cava de pagaie calificada is a new possibility for the rop 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 vi
nes. There are so far 24 producers interested in presenting cavas for this new classification, according to the latest news from the regulatory board.