The governing body of Cava, the Consejo Regulador del Cava, has approved a new classification of high end wine, Cava de Paraje Calificado.
The new category means ‘qualified single estate Cava’ and will only include wines of the highest quality that have been aged for a minimum of 36 months.
The Consejo are in the process of developing the particular regulations which will lay down climate and soil specifications like the age of the vines, the size of the vineyard and a manual harvest.
As some vineyards are already producing high quality Cava, the Consejo hope that they will be displaying labels with the new category on them by the end of the year.
Speaking to Drinks Business, Consejo Regulador president Pedro Bonet said he will be organising tastings for the Institute of Masters of Wine in London to introduce the trade and opinion leaders to the charms of ultra-premium cava.