Cava, Spain's Champagne

Cava, el cava (vi escumós), is a sparkling wine and one of the most famous specialties of Catalonia. In English sparkling wine, the cava is made according to the bottle fermentation principle.

The name Cava comes from the type of storage because it takes place underground, i.e. in cellars (coves).

Can Mas Cava Brut 0.75L - Sparkling wine
  • Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
  • Light yellow, brillant and smooth sparkling
  • FSK 18 article with age check
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15.99 € per Litre
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Can Mas Cava Brut Nature 0.75L - Spanish noble sparkling wine
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  • Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
  • Light yellow, brillant and smooth sparkling
  • FSK 18 article with age check
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19.33 € per Litre
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Infos zu Cava

Cava

Cava has its origin in Catalonia.
Before Spain joined the EU in 1986, the sparkling wine was still sold as champagne ((Catalan Xampàn and Spanish Champaña).
Due to legal reasons, this name could no longer be used. So the name was changed to Cava, which means cellar in Catalan.

Cordoniu and Freixenet are among the most famous brands in the world.
The production is identical to the French champagne and is in no way inferior to it in terms of taste.
 

Approved grape varieties

For white cavas, the varieties Parellada, Xarel·lo, Macabeo (Viura), Subirat (Malvasia Riojana), Chardonnay and, since May 2007, also Pinot Noir, and for Rosados Monastrell and Garnacha Tinta are approved.
 

Gradation of flavors in cava

Similar to German sparkling wine, cava is supplied in different flavors (dry, semi-dry, for example).
Essentially, the taste designation indicates the residual sugar in grams per liter.
The following names can be found in Spanish cava:

  • mild (over 50g / l residual sugar)
  • semi-dry (32 to 50g / l residual sugar)
  • dry (17 to 32 g / l residual sugar)
  • extra dry (12 to 17 g / l residual sugar)
  • brut (up to 12 g / l residual sugar)
  • extra brut (up to 6 g / l residual sugar)
  • brut nature (less than 3 g / l residual sugar)
 

Difference between brut and dry with sparkling wine

As can be seen in the table above, the difference lies in the residual sugar content. The "Sekt dry" contains more residual sugar than the "Cava brut". The cava has a tart taste, it is in a sense drier than dry.