Cava Reserva Rose, Avinyo
Up until the late 19th century, the Esteve family of Avinyó lived a life similar to other traditional Catalan farms, with the growing and selling of cereal crops, legumes, and wine. But when phylloxera crossed the border from France into Spain, the family was dealt a double blow. The pest completely destroyed their vineyards and their savings, with the subsequent bankruptcy of the region’s banks wiping out their finances.
Faced with starting over, Joan Esteve Marcè (grandfather of the current generation and founder of the modern winery) saw opportunity in their hardship and developed a plan to rebuild and focus their farming around the production of quality grapes for wine production. In 1889 he traveled to France in search of the new phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, from which he replanted the entire estate. His calculated gamble paid off, and he spent the rest of his life improving the winery, rejuvenating it for the next generation of the family business.
In the same spirit of innovation that led Joan Esteve Marcè to France, his son, Joan Esteve Nadal, brought the first tractor to Penedès in 1957 to further improve his farming. Joan Esteve Nadal expanded the family’s holdings to four parcels totaling about 40 hectares, with the indigenous varieties of xarel-lo, macabeo, and parellada making up the majority of the vines planted. While the family continued to sell the majority of their produce to the large Cava houses, Joan Esteve had been spending time in France, learning how to make world-class, hand-made sparkling wine. With that experience, the first Avinyó Cava with a label was produced in 1979 in very small quantities and the family gradually became known to locals as a source for incredible hand-made sparkling wines from traditional grape varieties.
VINIFICATION Traditional Catalan sparkling wine made using the méthode tradionnelle. 100% free run Pinot Noir juice, aged on lees for 18 months before being disgorged.
TASTING NOTES Bright red fruits combine with toast notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant with light spicy elements.