50 Great Cavas – a Wine Pleasures visit to Cuscó Berga

Cusco i Berga 4The Cuscó i Esteve family have been producing cavas and wines since as long ago as the end of the nineteenth century. In 1985 Josep Cuscó Berga together with his sons gave the winery new clothes and created a modern winery without losing the family tradition

Located in the small village of Les Gunyoles d’Avinyonet, in Spain’s Penedès wine region, the Cuscó I Berga winery is well worth a visit. Driving up to the village you will see the Saint Salvador Church de les Gunyoles on the skyline. Built in the 10th Century and home to the Templars in 1160, this church is well worth a stop off before visiting the winery.

Cusco i Berga 2Once at the winery the first thing to head for is the small wine museum housed in the top (ground) floor. Breathtaking panoramic views of the vineyards await. The vineyards are actually growing on a terroir not really typically associated with the Penedès. – we are in the natural park of the Garraf Massif (Catalan: Massís del Garraf, ) which is a mountain range running from the Mediterranean. This rugged limestone terroir is ideal for keeping healthy vines and for organic viticulture. Cuscó I Berga have a Cava which is produced from certified organic grapes!

A trip into the underground cellar will reveal that the winery is built mostly using the side of a rock outcrop. You can see natural limestone rock as part of the construction and this gives the cavas a constant temperature and humidity for ageing on the lees.

As well as tasting the cavas make sure you ask them for a taste of a unique still wine they produce made with 100% Muscat D’Alexandrie.

50 Great Cavas Cusco BergaTasting Notes from 50 Great Cavas 2014

Brut Nature Reserva Tradició 2008 – Straw yellow. Ripe pears & hints of almonds. Fruity & fresh. Lingering acidic finish. Complex! 62 months ageing!

Brut Nature Reserva Ecológic 2011 – Green apples. Citric notes. Fresh crisp entrance. Notable but pleasant acidity. Subtle citric flavours. Pleasant mouth feel. 26 months ageing

Brut Gran Reserva 2009 – Citric notes (pineapple), hints of fennel & underlying nutty notes. Fine bubble. Apricots & albaricoque on the palate.Lingering finish. 62 months ageing