In Spain, Cava is sipped at everything from weddings and birthday bashes to an evening meal with friends and family. First produced in 1872 at the Codorniu Winery, Cava was the brainchild of winemaker Josep Raventós. Blended from local Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada grapes grown in the Penedès region, Cava quickly became popular, marketed as the 'wine that goes with everything'. Today, the Penedès remains the heart and soul of Cava production, with over 160 wineries growing and producing traditional Cava.
Touring the wineries of the Penedès is the best way to experience the depth of Cava’s cultural and historic significance. As well as learning about its production, you'll get the chance to sample a selection of fine Cava, which comes in a number of varieties including sweet, dry and rosé. A hugely popular day trip from nearby Barcelona, the idyllic Penedès countryside has even been affectionately renamed 'Cava County' in honor of the Catalonian drink of choice.