DO Cava has open its latest project in London, ‘The Cava Academy’, an initiative for sommeliers. It is an ambitious project designed to promote premium cavas among the best restaurants in the world through advanced training for their sommelier personnel. The project it is expected to expand to the main premium cava markets in the next years.
To offer the highest academic level, ‘The Cava Academy’ includes a team of teachers of the maximum prestige:
- Lenka Sedlackova MW
- Fernando Mora MW
- Sarah Jane Evans MW
- Richard Hemming MW
- Matthew Longuere MS
- Silvia Grimaldo, Director of Communication at DO Cava
Every edition of ‘The Cava Academy’ will feature six training blocks about the history and rules of DO Cava, viticulture and grapes variety, enology, cava vintages, Cava de Paraje Calificado, market figures and promotion of cava, and marriages and the perfect serving of cava. Different topics, from the origin of cava to its serving, will be treated in depth to educate authentic cava experts and give them the technic and practice resources needed to widen the offer of cavas in their restaurants.
In addition, after each block a magisterial tasting will be performed to reinforce the learnings. Once all the blocks are completed, the students will have to complete a written test and a blind tasting. Those who pass both tests will receive the title of ‘Academists and official members of The Cava Academy’. And the three students with the best qualifications will earn a trip to Spain to visit the main DO Cava region for several days.
The first edition is being held on three consecutive Mondays (9, 16 and 23 July) at the prestigious 67 Pall Mall, the best wine bar in London, with 45 students, all of them sommeliers from the best restaurants in town. The seats went out in 48 hours, leaving some 40 sommeliers in the waiting list for the next edition.
This project reflects the firm commitment to the specific formation on premium cavas to the main global prescriptors, in line with the work done by the DO Cava during the last four years under the presidency of Pedro Bonet.