What Is Cava?


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Cava is a sparkling wine made in Spain. Cava may be either white or rose, and it has varying sweetness depending on the grapes used. Cava used to be labeled “Spanish champagne” because it is produced in the same way, however this is not longer permitted under European Union law.

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Cava is typically made using indigenous Spanish grapes and produced using what is known as the “traditional method.” Cava must be produced in one of eight wine regions: Valencia, Rioja, Aragon, Catalonia, Extremadura, Navarra, the Basque Country or Castile and Leon. As of 2014, the major producers of Cava are Codorniu and Freixenet.

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