In the heart of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the Gramona winery can be found, where since 1875 wines have been made. The cellar is a spectacular example of historical architecture which sits on three levels of stone and wood and is a cool, humid and long, dark labyrinth paved with bottles making it the perfect environment for ageing Cava. The highest level of the cellar hosts the wine heritage of the family, a crypt showcasing a collection of bottles dating back as far as the 1950s. Next to the crypt there is an old room called the Enoteca which showcases the best bottles which have been aging since the end of 1990s. Here, ancient instruments of winemaking are exhibited to tickle the curiosity of the visitors, and to pay homage to the traditional idea of Cava and its Classic Method.
Gramona is special as it is one of the few Cava producers where the crianza en rima (the ageing) is done by hand. Gramona’s Cava appears in the bottle bright and gold in colour. This is the mark of the long aging process which all of the bottles are subjected to. The family owns 50% of its vineyards (150 hectares). The other 50% is leased and rented to loyal cultivators who are long-term business partners of la casa and receive the same training and financial support as with Gramona’s land. III Lustros is the flagship Cava and it is a blend of Xarel.lo and Macabeo. The varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been added for blending since 1910.
Masters of the Larga Crianza, Gramona age Cava from four to ten years. This philosophy ensures the high quality of the wines which are crafted as a piece of art. The multi-award winning 2002 Celler Batlle Gran Reserva Brut is only one example. Recently, the III Lustros 2004 was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal and classified as one the best Sparkling Wines in the World competing with the best Champagnes. Argent Rosado is a further example of an exclusive product with a total output of only 6000 bottles a year. Gramona is indeed a traditional casa of artisanal cavistas whose family business shines across the Penedès.
Gramona have 2 Cavas amongst the 50 Great Cavas 2016 each one with a gold medal and they are as follows:
- Imperial (97 pts)
- III Lustrus (95 pts)
Registered conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit Gramona as part of the IWINETC Conference programme starting on 4th April at 14.15. Later at 20.00 there will be a Welcome Reception from the host and Premum Sponsors followed by a tapas evening with Cavas and wines.