Codorníu is the world's largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, known as cava, made by the traditional champagne method. It was founded in Catalonia, Spain in 1551 and produces 60 million bottles annually.
It is the oldest family company in Spain and one of the oldest in the world, with more than 450 years of history to the date. Manuel Raventós, Condorníu’s driving force, hired in 1895 the Modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Gaudi’s coeval) to enlarge the winery. The building built represents the fruitful alliance between nature and human labour, but at the same time it also constitutes a stone tribute to the silence of cava. Declared National Historical-Artistic Heritage in 1976 it’s also one of the most incredible examples of the architecture dedicated to the elaboration and aging of cavas.
For over a century, Codorníu has always done its second fermentation and aging in labyrinth of underground cellars at just the right temperature. In 1872, Josep Raventós Fatjó made cava for the first time in Spain following the “Méthode Traditionelle” and using autochthonous grapes varietals of the Penedés: Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada. Establishing this way a completely new industry in the region and linking the Codorníu brand to the cavas history.
Cavas Codorníu and discover the tradition we’ve maintained through our more than 450 years of history as an identity sign of our wines and the innovation that brought us to introduce the “Méthode Traditionelle” in Spain.
Enjoy the amazing Modernist complex where our group nerve-centre is located, one of the most representative jewels of the winery architecture (designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and declared National Historical-Artistic Heritage in 1976). This is without doubt a sign of this bet for the commitment with tradition and modernity that Codorníu has always boasted.
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