Getting Seduced by 50 Great Cava 2012 Producer, Vallformosa

Wine Pleasures visits 50 Great Cava VallformosaTraveling down the winding roads in the Penedes, it is hard not to spot Vallformosa from a distance. With 397 hectares of vineyards, Vallformosa is the 4th biggest winery in terms of production. But, this winery offers much beyond its impressive structure and large production numbers. My tour guide for the day, Àngels Olivella, greeted me with a huge smile and a glass of grape juice. The juice was beyond refreshing and the taste gave me a wonderful preview to the grapes produced from the vast Vallformosa vineyards.

After we finished our respective glasses of juice, we began the tour by entering an old wine cellar. The cellar has been preserved since its founding date in 1865 by the …

50 Great Cavas 2012 – a Wine Pleasures Visit to Canals Canals

50 Great Cavas 2012 – a Wine Pleasures Visit to The small town of Castellvi de Rosanes is home to Canals Canals, a winery focusing on the production of cavas. My tour of Canals Canals started in the tasting room. And no, I didn’t skip all the history and production processes and go straight to sampling wine, this room just happened to also house a huge collection of 19th century handmade, antique glasses from all around the world. It was an impressive collection to say the least.  …

50 Great Cavas 2012 – a Wine Pleasures Visit to Vallformosa

Vallformosa 50 Great Cavas 2012 - a Wine Pleasures visitVallformosa has maintained the passion of its forefathers by continuing to perfect the wine making process since its founding in 1865 by the Domenech family. The winery, first established in Vilobí del Penedès, has only seen family owners throughout five different generations. Each generation has added to the progression and success of the company, from the first and second generation farmers to the third generation that introduced bottling to the fourth generation that developed the cava method after the Civil War. In 1940, the family introduced cava into their…

50 Great Cavas 2012 – a Wine Pleasures visit to Finca Valldoserra

Wine Plesures visits Finca Valldosera 50 Great CavasAfter a long work week, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Friday morning than at a winery. And, Finca Valldosera certainly did not disappoint.

The adventure began with a drive down a long, gravel road leading to the main property. On the road, I began to gets hints of the expansive vineyards I was about to witness, as grape plants began to pop up along the path.

I met with Jordi, my guide for the day and the head winemaker at the vineyard, outside of a beautiful 15th century house on the property. We immediately hopped in a different car to make the trek to the top of the mountain and get a view of the vast land between the Penedès and the Mediterranean that makes up Finca Valldosera….

50 Great Cavas 2012 – a Wine Pleasures visit to Albet i Noya

Wine Pleasures visits Albet i Noya 50 Great Cavas 2012Today the Penedes region is Spain’s proud leader in the production of organic wine, but a bit more than thirty years ago words like “ecological” or “organic” had not much to do with Spanish wine. That was before the Albet i Noya family got into the business. In the late 70s, the long-haired Josep Maria, the eldest of two brothers and a convinced vegetarian, decided that it was time for change – time to do things in a more natural way.  After several experiments, the young winery produced its first organic wine in 1978, which was exported to Denmark. And this is how the story of Albet i Noya – the pioneers of the organic winemaking – begins….