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.
Aging for more than 36 months is not the only requisite for a Cava de Paraje Calificado. Currently (as of 2020) just ten Cavas have achieved this recognition.
Requisites to gain this accreditation: