Cava type

Cava type

Overall Impression
Cava is made with a mix of grapes varieties with Macabeo making up about half of the blend and Xarel-lo, Parellada and increasingly Chardonnay making up the remainder. Cava must have an alcohol content between 10.8 and 12.8 percent by volume and at least 4 atmospheres of pressure. Freixenet and Codorníu are the best known producers of Cava and in fact are two of the largest producers of sparkling wine in the world.
History
The name Cava is relatively new (1970) when Spanish sparkling wine makers abandoned the name champaña. Cava was first made in Spain in the late 1800's.