Spain: Torres chooses not to use DO Cava label on new sparkling wine

Saturday September 17 2016 by Vitisphere

The first sparkling wine by Bodegas Torres, whose launch had been announced back in 2013, will be released at the end of this year. But in a dramatic turn of events, the Catalan group will not be labelling it as Denominacion de Origen Cava. The unexpected about-turn was announced at the beginning of August and is apparently due to “a desire to gain in flexibility and not be restricted in sourcing grapes from other wine regions”, reported Spanish publication L’Expansion. The newspaper points out that Torres’ outburst is “a real bucket of cold water for the Cava regulatory council which has just created a new category”. Also expected for the end of the year, the launch of the Cavas de Paraje Calificado segment will therefore not be supported by the Catalan behemoth. 

The 36,000 bottles of Torres sparkling wine, made from the 2013 vintage, have until now followed rules for the DO Cava designation. Due to be marketed at the premium end of the market, they were sourced from vineyards over 500 metres above sea level in order to secure optimum acidity levels, explains El Mundo Vino.

 

Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Bodegas Torres

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