The Official Bulleting of the Spanish Government published yesterday an order recongnizing a new Paraje Calificado under the name ‘Les Flandes del Casots’, owned by Llopart Cellar, from Pere Llopart Villaròs company.
With this new addition there are already thirteen ‘Parajes Calificados’ that comply with the strict set of conditions and terms imposed by the Cava Regulatory Board. In addition, another ‘Paraje Calificado’, under the name ‘Can Bas’, has been proposed by the company Pere Ventura, and could be approved shortly.
Currently only ten companies have been able to achieve the distinction of ‘Cava de Paraje Calificado’ by showing the excellence and singularity of their locations. The president of the Cava Regulatory Board, Pedro Bonet, highlighted that Paraje Calificado cavas “represent the highest level of quality in sparkling wines in the world and concludes a process of global recognition of the premium cavas’ excellence”.
As the official definition states, this is a cava made of a wine produced with grapes from a certain location whose edaphic and weather conditions, along with certain criteria regarding the quality of the production process, have contributed to the development of a cava with singular qualities. The main requirements to gain the Paraje Calificado naming include:
- At the vineyard: manual harvest process with a maximum output of 8,000 kg/ha; vines must be at least 10 years old.
- In the production: fermentation at the estate with a maximum output of 48 hectolitres per hectare; base win qualification.
- At the cellar: At least 36 months of aging. Season cava of Brut type with qualifying tasting.
- In the market: specific qualitative control badge; comprehensive tracking from the vineyard to the market.
Paraje Calificado cavas are included in the premium cavas segment that the Cava Regulatory Board is promoting both locally and internationally through marketing events designed for potential consumers. The premium segment produced more than 32 million bottles in 2017 (10.75% more than in 2016).