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Codorniu Winery

Cava and the Historical Monument with Modern Architecture

Located in Catalonia, Spain is the oldest and the second largest producer of Cava or sparkling wine that is made with the traditional method of Champagne.

The Codorniu family beginning with Jaume was the first vineyard owner and winemaker with many pieces of equipment like grape presses, kegs and barrels.

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Anna Codorniu was the last of Jaume’s descendants to use his surname and she married Miguel Raventos which intertwined two wine growing families making the Codorniu brand what it is today.

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The History

In 1872 Josep Raventos went to France and discovered Champagne and after his visit was inspired to make sparkling wine by using the traditional methods of Champagne, naming it Cava.

He blended Macabeo, Xarel – lo and Parellada varietals together pioneering the Cava industry in Spain.

By 1898 Codorniu was producing over 100 000 bottles of Cavas and Miguel ordered a cellar to build along with getting artists to design the label as he was a marketing guru at that time.

The cellar was built in Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia and it seemed rather large at the time, but perhaps Miguel had a vision that could foresee the future.

He wanted the winery as close to the vineyards as possible because he believed that it would improve the quality of the wines and the building was completed in 1915 representing a fruitful balance between nature and human labour.

It was declared a historical monument in 1976 and is an homage to the silence of Cava.

Underground in the cellars is where the Cavas go through their second fermentation and ageing in a temperature controlled environment.

In 1959 the first television advert was made at the same time that the Spanish television broadcast began giving Codorniu a good boost.

In 1984 Anna de Codorniu was produced and became the leading cava in Spain introducing Chardonnay varietals.

100% Pinot Noir followed in Anna Rose in 2002, Reina Ma Christina Blanc de Noir was the first white wine made with red wine varietals in 2010, and Cuvee 1872 was produced in 2014 as a tribute to cava’s history.

The Winemaking Process

The grapes are harvested and then carefully transported to the winery where they are gently pressed to extract the aromas and flavours in the free run juice.

Grapes from different varieties and plots are fermented separately and during this process the fermented juice becomes a base wine which is then blended carefully together to produce a quality and unique cava that is created by oenologists and is then bottled after.

A second fermentation process takes place with a mixture of yeasts and sugar, which is added to the blend allowing bubbles to form naturally.

The bottles are stored in the cellars which have good light, consistent temperatures and humidity for nine months, but the ageing process can sometimes last as long as 36 months or more.

After ageing the bottles are carefully rotated to make the lees settle in the neck of the bottle so that it can be discarded later on.

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Codorniu Vineyards

Codorniu owns the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards with vines as old as 30 years and they were the first winery to use international varietals.

With the latest technology the vineyards are carefully monitored and harvesting is determined after a monitoring process.

Pest control is free of pesticides and they use reproduction confusion methods.

They have rich phosphorous soils low in potassium and in certain areas there is clay, lime and sandy soils in the lower lying areas.

The Codorniu brand also uses other grape growers in the region, which they carefully select to ensure the grapes are in perfect condition.

Some of the grapes are from high altitudes and others are at low altitudes, giving versatility in the characters due to the soil content.

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The Collection

There are 26 different bottles of cava which include;

Gran Codorniu Gran Reserva – Pinot Noir, Xarel  lo and Chardonnay

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Jaume Codorniu Gran Reserva

Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs

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Gran Codorniu – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Codorniu Non Plus Ultra

Gran Plus Ultra Pinot Noir

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Gran Plus Ultra Chardonnay

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Anna Blanc de Noir

Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature/ Brut Rose

Anna Brut

Anna De Codorniu Blanc de Blanc

Anna Rose

Vinas de Anna Chardonnay

Vinas de Anna Blanc de Blanc

Frizz 5.5 Albarino and Verdejo

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Cuvee 1872

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Cuvee 1972 Rose

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Extra Rosado

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Mediterranea De Codorniu

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Gran Cremant

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A Monumental Visit

If you love history, then you will love this tour because as a visitor, you are able to visit the museum in the Royal Palace with the fully restored medieval building and the museum was opened in 1934 with the aim of giving people information that includes archaeological findings that were from the region.

The tour is 90 minutes long and it ends with the taste test in the tavern.

The two cellars are also on the tour and here you will get to see the history and explore the cellars with the oldest reserves.

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Contact Information

Codorniu
Website: http://www.codorniu.com/en/
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: +34 938 913 342

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Address

Codorniu
Avda Jaume de Codorníu s/n
8770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Catalonia, Spain

Author

Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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Author

Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.

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