140/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Capmany – Grup Oliveda – Gran Rigau Brut Nature Chardonnay
……, I’m gonna find you I’m gonna get you. Maybe next week I’m gonna meet you! I am ready and available, so if you by any chance pass by, let me know, let’s share a glass or two. The weather is just perfect, the wine is always good and the food is what ever we choose it to be? But one thin is sure, we will be starting with a glass of Cava, maybe even a bottle from Oliveda will be opened. Remains to be seen! One way or another…..
According to the lintel stone over the entrance of Oliveda’s oldest winery, wine production on the estate dates back to 1764, although at that time it was only for family consumption. In 1948, Josep Oliveda Casanovas and his wife, Joana Rigau Ros, founded a company specializing in the production and marketing of wine and Cava. In 1995, their wines were awarded two Gold Medals in Madrid, and thus joined the elite group of “The One Hundred Best Wines of Spain”.
Oliveda currently produces wine under two Denominations of Origin: “EMPORDÀ” and “CATALUNYA”. It also produces Cava under the D.O. Cava. Since its very beginnings, Grup Oliveda’s philosophy has been to produce quality wines and Cavas. To achieve this, the company’s decision makers, led by Alfons Freixa Oliveda, have opted to combine the most traditional production methods with modern technology, making strict quality control and research possible.
TheFreixa Rigau cellar in Capmany, whose name is a tribute to the family’s surnames, is one of the oldest ones in the area. Its exceptional location sets it apart from the large groups of companies, and its aim is to produce one of the most highly regarded Cavas in the denomination. Originally, the cellar aged Cavas were made with free-run juice from the traditional varieties: Xarel.lo, Parellada and Macabeo. However, the founders, aware of modern innovations and the new trends from abroad, rose to the challenge of making high-quality Cavas with outside varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Ten years ago, the family restructured its vineyards in Vilamaniscle, Garriguella and Capmany, introducing new grape varieties as Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to consolidate and improve on the usual native varieties, Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan). A love of vineyards and wine is what led Mr. José Oliveda to start a collection of barrel taps and machinery related to wine making.
Later generations expanded this collection, which now has approximately 5,000 taps from the top wine-producing countries: France, Italy, Germany, Austria and, naturally, taps from Spain. This collection, which combines practical items and historical curiosities, is definitely worth a visit and is sure to elicit the admiration of any wine lover. The museum is located in the old part of the winery and is open to the public. Admission is free to everyone. I recommend the guided tours, which can be booked through the public relations department.
Gran Rigau Brut Nature Chardonnay, 100% Chardonnay
Pale yellow with green hues, brilliant. The bubble are small to medium, with a nice steady flow. The nose is clean, slight notes of ageing, toasted anise, persistent and quite intensive aromas of citrus. It is tasty, easy to drink. Noticeable acidity, fresh carbonic and loads of tropical fruits and white fruits. Balanced, lively and a very nice companion for a evening on the terrace or balcony.
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