Cava de Guarda
Cava de Guarda Superior

Cava de Paraje Calificado

Cava de Guarda Superior

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Types of Cava

According to the sugar content (grams per litre)

0-3 G/L
0-6 G/L
Max.12 G/L
12-17 G/L
17-32 G/L
32-50 G/L
+50 G/L

Tasting notes

Golden yellow with highlights from deep gold to amber.
Great aromatic complexity, very ripe white and yellow fruit, with a good presence of toasted nuts and dried fruit (apricots). Notes of aromatic herbs, mushrooms and truffles.
The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with a silky texture. Small, vibrant and completely integrated bubbles.

Dominant aromatic profiles

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Cooked apple
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Dried fig
+36 months

Cava de Guarda Superior

Thanks to this new category, premium Cavas can be more easily identified: in other words, Cavas that have been aged in the bottle for a longer period. The minimum aging time for Cava de Guarda Superior is 18 months; additionally, the grapes must come from specific vineyards, and must be organically grown.

Since the main criterion of Cava is its aging time in the bottle, following the traditional method, the concept of “Guarda” refers to the capacity of a wine with the appropriate characteristics for aging correctly.

The nomenclature of this Cava indicates that it is aged in the cellar for a longer period than the minimum aging time established by the traditional method, also known as champenoise. According to such a definition, in this category there are the well-known Cava Reserva, Cava Gran Reserva and the special category of Cava de Paraje Calificado.

So if you are looking for a more complex, unique, intense and delicate Cava, a Cava de Guarda Superior is the ideal option.

Cava bodega

Sparkling wines made using the traditional method are characterised by a second fermentation in the bottle, during which molecules of CO2, which produce the effervescence, are released. This method is a quality factor shared by the great sparkling wines of the world.

Paraje Calificado

Aging for more than 36 months is not the only requisite for a Cava de Paraje Calificado. Currently (as of 2021) just ten Cavas have achieved this recognition.

Requisites to gain this accreditation:

  • Vines must be at least 10 years old
  • Grapes must be harvested by hand
  • Maximum yield of 8,000 kg/hectare
  • Wine must be produced and bottled on site
  • Maximum output limited to 48 hectolitres/hectare
  • Only single vintage Cava
  • Complete traceability from the vineyard to the market

Find wineries which produce Cava de Paraje Calificado

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The guarantee of a quality label

The seal or control label is in itself the only guarantee of quality certified by the D.O. Cava, which helps us to distinguish Cava from other sparkling wines.

After being subjected to strict quality controls during the whole process, the seal is the distinctive mark that is granted not only to facilitate the recognition of the Cava category, but it is also a guarantee of origin endorsed by the Cava Denomination of Origin.

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