September 1, 2017. A date that represents the new beginning. Distinction, but perhaps also confusion. On this day, 6 prominent wineries specializing in Cava formed an association called: AVEC (Association of Winemakers Corpinnat). A new denomination of origin was born. A brand that stands for high quality and long aging sparkling wine, coming from the heart of Penedes.
The reason these 6 wineries separated from DO Cava is because they felt that the value and quality of their wines were not sufficiently represented and recognized. That is somehow understandable when you consider that in the supermarket you can often get Cava with the official label for a meager 3 euros. There you are with your bottle of top stuff that has matured for more than 30 months in the bottle and that tastes delicious, with exactly the same official label as that supermarket wine.
What is the difference between Corpinnat and Cava?
Cava must be aged in the bottle for a minimum of 9 months before it can be disgorged and prepared for sale. The Corpinnat must be aged at least twice as long: 2 months. In addition, there are a number of requirements for Corpinnat manufacturers:
- The harvest must be 100% manual;
- 100% of the vinification (winemaking) must take place in the own winery;
- Only use of local grape varieties;
- We work with respect for nature, the wines must meet the conditions of organic wines.
Julia Bernet is by far the smallest of the now 10 wineries that are allowed to bear the name Corpinnat. The grape Xarel.lo is planted in the majority of his vineyards. In the classic Corpinnats and Cavas, this grape is blended with Macabeu and Parellada. The unique thing about Xavi's wines is that he makes the majority of his wines with only Xarel.lo. Below you can see which ones they are.