For Designation of Origin (DO) Cava, the year 2022 marks the culmination of a process in which all dialects (Catalan, Extremaduran, Valencian, etc.) are more present than ever. Two events characterize this trend: the recent elections of the Cava Regulatory Council, based in Villafranca del Penedes (Barcelona), which took place last July and resulted for the first time in the election of a representative of the wine growers of Extremadura and Valencia among the 12 members of this body. The second event is the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM), which upholds the use of the term ‘Cava de Requena’ in the labeling of the eight wineries producing this sparkling wine in the aforementioned municipality within the province of Valencia. “The designation of origin for cava will be strengthened,” David Jimenez, president of the Oriental Wine Federation (Ovest), tells ABC.
This group of wineries is dedicated to organic viticulture and is committed to varietal selection Chardonnay grapes (“We have climatic and soil conditions that make us a bit special”), as well as being one of the major cava-producing wineries in this region. “It is good news and will help the Cava doctrine on the origin and the consumer, but there is no desire to argue. We all won! We don’t want to break the label at all,” Jimenez explains about the TSJM ruling ruling out any potential confusion with the Utiel-Requena Denomination of Origin.
For this winemaker, the expression “Cava de Requena” is enshrined as one of the subregions into which this category of origin is divided:A commitment to a larger Kava cultureOur main market is Levante and Valencia as a result of the wine regionalization phenomenon.” From the Regulatory Council, Javier Pagés supports allowing the inclusion of regions within the category and states that the denomination covers several autonomous regions: Catalonia, Aragon, Rioja, Basque Country, Navarra, Extremadura and Valencia.
“One of the things that the consumer values is the origin,” admits the chief operating officer who sees positive points in this “zoning” process in the area of control and traceability. Pagés adds that it is “optional” to include the region or sub-region on the kava bottle’s label. The regulation presented by the Regulatory Council in 2020 and that of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, competent in this category of origin because it is above subjective (there are only seven in all of Spain), ratified last year. In the case of “Cava de Requena,” Bagis acknowledges that there is a certain thing Fear of “brand confusion” And that, whether this expression ends or not, “it is in the best interests of the region’s producers to feel proud of the name, because in some way they are the ones to vouch for it.”
At the moment, the Regulatory Council has not made any decision on the matter If he will appeal the TSJM ruling. From the Uveste they realize that everyone outside wants to go hand in hand with DO Cava and they distance themselves from the controversies that surrounded a nearby cult.
With an area of 38,133.48 hectares, 6,284 farms and 205 affiliated manufacturing companies, according to the 2021 annual report. DO Cava is divided into four areas: “Comtats de Barcelona”, where 95% of its production comes from and is divided into the sub-regions of “Valls d’Anoia-Foix” (Villafranca del Penedés) and “Serra del Mar” (15 km from Barcelona), “Conca del Gaia (Tarragona) , “Serra de Prades” (Tarragona) and “Pla de Ponente” (Lérida). The rest of what is produced is shared by the Ebro Valley region, which is divided into “Alto Ebro” and “Valle del Cerezo”, as well as “Finedos de Almendralejo” ( Badajoz) and is now called “Cava de Requena” (Valencia).
Closed last year with Record volume of 252.93 million bottles, 17.33% more than in 2020, of which 71% were exported abroad, to more than one hundred countries. Germany, the United States, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Japan rounded out the top five. 68.7 million bottles were destined for Spain, and the remaining 19%, with a strong rise in the electronic channel and a positive trend in food.
Although Bagis acknowledges that The past was “rare, but good” He is optimistic about next year and expects that “consumption will be good and we will grow compared to the previous year.” At the moment the outlook for Christmas looks positive and sales have already grown by 3% compared to 2021 between January and September.