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A Second Week in Penedès Region Tasting Cavas

Views of Penedes region

Views of Penedes region

We spent a Second Week in Penedès region of Catalonia visiting cava producers, tasting cavas for the 50 Great Cavas book, and of course writing. The weather continues to be beautiful.

We continue tasting cavas that we find are terrific sparkling wines. Most of these are made with the indigenous grapes Macabeo, Parellada and Xerl.lo.

One of the most remarkable sites we saw this week was yesterday on a tour of the vineyards of Parés Baltà . Their vineyards of 170 hectares are scattered both low and with some in the highest areas of the region. All of the vineyards are organic/biodynamic. As we neared the top of the area the four wheel drive stopped and we hopped out to walk a few feet to what appeared to be a manmade hole in the ground. According to our enthusiastic guides

Iberian kiln

Iberian kiln

this hole was constructed during the Iberian age and was used as a kiln. The red clay soil in the area was ideal for creating clay objects.

After stopping to see the kiln our last stop was at an overlook of the valley. It looks like a bucolic setting – almost picture perfect!

If you have the opportunity be sure to visit the Catalonia region.

Watch for the book, 50 Great Cavas available Fall 2015!


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