We were off to our first Cava visit with a stop at Gramona. Gramona celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006 and is now in its 6th generation with Gramona-Batlle family at the helm. Winemaker Jaume Gramona shared his philosophy of producing fine cavas with us. He’s one of the few people I know that places a cork in each bottle before disgorging rather than the standard bottle cap. He firmly believes it makes his cava taste better. We enjoyed a delicious dinner catered in one of the caves while we tasted Gramona’s exceptional lineup of cavas.
One stop remained for the day. We stopped at Llopart, where they have been producing cava since 1887. Jeci Llopart met us in the test vineyard where we nibbled our way through dozens of different varietals. She led us on a tour of the property. There’s a spectacular panoramic view from Llopart, but gray skies prohibited us from enjoying it all. We stopped at the production facility for a few tank samples before heading back to the main building for cava tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a visit. Jeci’s parents were both on hand along with one of her brothers. Llopart truly defines family business. Their cavas are exceptional.