If you are obsessed with back labels like us, you might have noticed new round stickers or labels on the back of the Cava bottles. These are the latest quality seals of the D.O. Cava respond to Cava’s ambitious further segmentation and zoning. Furthermore, The New Cava Classifications will allow us to identify Cava products clearly by highlighting the diverse range of Cavas.
Cava is the Spanish P.D.O. that exports the most, with more than 70% international sales. It brings together more than 38,000 hectares of vineyards and more than 6,800 winegrowers. In addition, its 370 associated wineries are present in more than 100 countries.
The new seals have a distinctive range of colors by category of the D.O. Cava to identify them by type. The colors represent what differentiates the Cava regions and aging and identify them as authentic Cava with Designation of Origin. The new identification system for each bottle of Cava will be fully implemented in 2023.
Characteristics of the new stamps of the D.O. Cava
The new seals will allow us to identify the three critical elements of D.O. Cava.
a) Their origin: identifying whether they are products originating from the Cava territory, Zone, or Subzone.
B)The category: identifying whether it is a Cava de Guarda, with more than nine months of aging in the bottle, or a Cava de Guarda Superior, with long aging and coming from specific specialized vineyards for the sparkling wine destination, with reduced and ecological yields (100% from 2025). The introduction of a range of different colors per category will help consumers to identify each type of Cava:
- Green: for Cava de Guarda.
- Silver: for Cava de Guarda Superior- Reserva (minimum 18 months of aging in the bottle).
- Dorado: for Cava de Guarda Superior- Gran Reserva (minimum 30 months of aging in the bottle).
Currently, Cavas de Paraje Calificado (within the Cavas de Guarda Superior, with a minimum of 36 months of aging in the bottle) maintains its current distinctive.
C) The guarantee seal of the Regulatory Council: a body accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food for the certification of Cavas.
Moreover, the new stamps of the D.O. Cava will incorporate a QR code that allows the most interested consumer or the most expert to access additional information about the product, its origin, and suggested wine pairings.
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