Some big news reached me this Wednesday. Some news that are making me think not only about the future of Cava but also about my own future and choices.
Some of my favourite cava producers, that I also consider being at the absolute top of the sparkling wine world has decided to leave the DO Cava. I am not surprised but a bit sad, and I know they are too.
All my friends that run these companies have been really concerned with trying to make cava’s reputation around the world better, and push it up the prestige ladder. It seemed to go well at first with the “Cava de Paradje” being released as a new quality mark by the DO. But when these wineries founded Corpinnat as an “extra ad on” for those wineries who wanted to do more when it comes to quality and eco-friendly production, the DO Cava was not happy.
I will ALWAYS be here for my sparkling wine producing friends, trying to promote thier products that I love as much as I possibly can. I said I’d always keep out of the “cava politics”. We will see what time will tell.
CORPINNAT writes on their website
Sant Sadurn d'Anoia, January 30 2019.-The collective brand name of the European Union CORPINNAT of Quality Sparkling Wines will be launched on the market this next spring with the selling of the first bottles, which include on the label the seal of the brand which groups nine wineries from the Penedès: Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo, Sabaté i Coca, Torelló, Huguet-Can Freixes, Júlia Bernat and Mas Candí.
The nine wineries, which today make up the collective brand name CORPINNAT as of today have obtained from the Regulating Council the Denomination of Origen as producers of cava after months of discussions in order to attemp to find a formula that would allow for the continuation of the brand name CORPINNAT within the DO. In spite of the intense negotiations between the wine growers and Producers Association CORPINNAT (AVEC) (l'Associació de Viticultors i Elaboradors CORPINNAT (AVEC) and the DO Cava, it has been impossible to reach a satisfactory solution between the two parties, and the wineries associated to CORPINNAT have been forced to abandon the DO even though they set up the brand with the clear will to continue within the world of Cava. The latest proposal for integration that the Regulating Council has put on the table is not assumable on the part of CORPINNAT, because it requires a series of relinquishments that question the very nature of the collectrive brand name, such as territorial delimitation, rules of use or external quality controls.