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The new sparkling Clàssic Penedès, the world’s first 100% organic appellation

Clàssic Penedès is a sparkling wine from Catalonia in northern Spain. Sparkling wine has been made under the appellation DO Penedès for quite some time. But in 2014 the rules for Clàssic Penedès were revised and it was launched as a new appellation under its new name. One of the new requirements is that the wines have to be certified organic. The producer Albet i Noya, one of Spain’s organic pioneers, was a driving force behind the decision.

This is the world’s first appellation that is 100% organic. If the wine is not certified organic, it cannot be sold as a Clàssic Penedès. It is as simple as that. The wine is made by the traditional method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The ageing in the bottle before disgorging must be at least 15 months. And, of course, all the grapes must come from Penedès. The grapes are the local Xarello, Macabeu and Parellada.

For the moment 15 producers are making Clàssic Penedès:

  • Albet i Noya, Bonans,
  • Castell de Pujades,
  • Celler Can Morral del Moli,
  • Celler Grapissó,
  • Celler Puig Romeu,
  • Cellers AT Roca,
  • Clos Lentiscus,
  • Colet,
  • Loxarel,
  • Mas Bertran,
  • Mas Comtal,
  • Mas dels Clavers Can Gallego,
  • Miquel Jané and
  • Torre del Veguer.

Read more: dopenedes.cat

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Josep Maria Albet i Noya, owner Albet i Noya winery, Penedes, Spain

Josep Maria Albet i Noya, owner Albet i Noya winery, Penedes, Spain, copyright BKWine Photography

Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath

Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath, copyright BKWine Photography

Bottles of cava waiting to be disgorged, Catalonia

Bottles of cava waiting to be disgorged, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

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