A glàss of clàss? Understanding “Clàssic Penedès”

by  |  18-03-2016

In recent years, there has been a great deal of push back against the Denomination of Origin bodies in Spain which have been perceived as moving too slowly in terms of modifying outdated restrictions to meet the times. In early 2016, a manifesto that (quite reasonably) called upon the DOs to work in pursuit of terroir-driven wines was signed by 150 winemakers and journalists working in Spanish wine. This has been accompanied by some wineries deciding to leave their DO, the most high profile case being Artadi fully leaving DO Rioja last year. What may have not reached English-speaking media as much was the creation of “Clàssic Penedès”, essentially a sub-classification within DO Penedès for sparkling wines produced in the region. This is naturally quite confusing as this happens to be the same region that most sparkling wines for DO Cava are produced within thus making for a similar situation […]
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