The Bodega or Cava Maria Casanovas is located in the heart of the Penedès, in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, the centre of Cava production. It is owned by the Casanovas family and managed by three children of Maria Casanovas. Jordi and Jacint are responsible for the vineyards and the cellar, Rosa for administration and marketing.
Maria Casanovas' parents were already grape growers and sold their produce to the large cava wineries. Cava has been produced under their own name since 1984. 13 hectares are owned and planted with the local grape varieties Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeo (Viura) as well as the international varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Maria Casanovas was one of the pioneers who introduced Pinot Noir to Penedès. Fossils can be found occasionally in the calcareous, gravelly clay soils.
Sparkling wines from Maria Casanovas
The climate is Mediterranean with a long dry season in summer. Irrigation is not allowed and the vines are cultivated in a way that respects nature. This small family business produces independent and elegant Cavas, in contrast to the mass output products that predominate on the market. With a production of around 110,000 - 120,000 bottles per year, it is one of the small, select and exclusive suppliers whose Cavas can be found at the best restaurants and through reputed specialist dealers.
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