Spain’s government has approved 12 cava sites for a new top-level classification. The Cava de Paraje, the new ‘grand cru’ of cava, could become a reality ‘as soon as possible’, according to Isabel García Tejerina, the Spanish agricultural minister.

In June 2016, the Cava Regulatory Board announced the new category and explained its characteristics following the publication of the specifications document to both media and industry. Once the Royal Decree developing the requisites was published in March 2017, the Regulatory Board began to receive definitive applications from producing companies. These applications were later sent to the Ministry of Agriculture.

‘It’s been a very detailed process for the companies, the Regulatory Board and the Ministry of Agriculture for the last three years,’ said Pedro Bonet, chairman of the Cava Regulatory Board.

The rules include a maximum yield of 8000 kg/ha, 36 months of ageing in the bottle, only vintage wines and only brut styles.

The first 12 cava sites, and their owners, are:

• Vinyes de Can Martí – Torelló• Turó d’en Mota – Recaredo
• Serral del Vell – Recaredo
• Vallcirera – Alta Alella
• La Capella – Juvé i Camps
• Can Sala – Freixenet
• La Pleta – Codorníu
• El Tros Nou – Codorníu
• La Fideuera – Codorníu
• Can Prats – Vins el Cep
• Font de Jui – Gramona
• Terroja – Castellroig
Codorníu announced that each of its wines was produced to 300 bottles with a recommended price of €90 per bottle.