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Spain

Penedes

Penedes, Spain

For more information…

  • Owner Xavier and Jaume Gramona
  • Winemaker Jaume Gramona
  • Web www.gramona.com
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Our Wines

  • Gramona Allegro, Reserva Brut
  • Gramona Gran Reserva
  • Gramona Gran Reserva, Brut Imperial
  • Gramona, Gran Reserva III Lustros
  • Gramona Argent Rosé, Brut Nature
  • Gramona, Argent Reserva Brut

Cava Gramona

Background

The project was started by Josep Batlle in 1880, who was at the time a shareholder of another wine producing company. Josep started ‘Celler Batlle’, at the time the biggest negociant business in Penedes. In 1913, his daughter Pilar married Bartolome Gramona and together they started the journey to producing ‘Champan de Cava’, as the sparkling wines were called back then, and released their fist Cuvee in 1921. The 5th generation of the family are in charge of the project now with Xavier Gramona looking after the business side whilst Jaume Gramona, an enology graduate of the University of Dijon, is in charge of the winemaking.

The modern Cava Gramona project takes great pride in their environmental efforts and their relentless drive towards high quality production. The vineyards are farmed organically (certified as of 2011) and now also biodynamically with the help of donkeys, cows, sheep (who graze on the grass, keeping it in check) and chickens. 

A new winery was built in 2001 and is situated right in the middle of the vineyards. This allows for fast fruit handling as well as being more sustainable. The winery is underground and takes advantage of geothermal energy - pipes go down 130 meters and this saves about 50% of the electricity demands. 

 

The Cavas are like nothing else we have tasted. Complexity is achieved through prolonged ageing on lees and this is the primary goal at Gramona. The majority of the Cavas are Gran Reservas with a minimum of 30 months on lees but most  exceed this by a considerable amount. To illustrate how different an approach this is - only 2% of all Cava made in Spain is Gran Reserva. Uniquely for Cava, most of the Gramona sparklers are made as Brut Nature with very little (less than 3g/l) or no dosage added. Any dosage that is used comes in the form of a fortified wine aged in a 120 year solera. This is quite unique and reflects the long tradition of this producer.