Explore the Depths of a Cava Cave in Spain

Ahhh. The Cava caves of Spain; dark narrow tunnels, steep spiral staircases, a labyrinth that would challenge anyone’s sense of direction and filled to the stone ceiling with a winemakers dream. Even as gorgeous as the wine caves of my home in Northern California are, they didn’t quite compare to exploring the seemingly endless, channels of a Spanish Cava cave.

No disrespect NorCal. My heart will always be with you.

Traveling to Spain on a Cava tour, as a guest of Wine Pleasures, led to the opportunity to visit several of these intriguing caves. The main goal was not to get tantalized and lost in their depths, but to taste many of the bubblies that were deemed the 50 Great Cavas. I am up for that challenge.

What I realized very quickly, besides the fact that Cava is delightful, is that Cava caves are a bucket list worthy site to be seen.
Gramona Cava Cave in Spain

Some Cava caves would make the perfect location to film a horror flick, while others could be used as a skilled mathematicians puzzle. How do you perfectly stack thousands of bottles of wine? Some housed the first vintage of cava they ever made, a tribute to the many more years to come. While others were more modern, projecting top notch promotional videos along a cava laced wall.

All intriguing. All unique. All a sign of passion. I like passion. Duh.

At Cava Gramona, in the heart of the Penedes, cob webs hung from the ceiling and dust layered the precious bottles that were being aged by hand. There are rooms that showcase the best and oldest of bottles and at the end of a perfectly symmetrical cava wall laid a special treat, a set table. We would be dining in a cava cave. But, that’s an entirely different story. Stay tuned.
Gramona Cava Cave in Spain
gramona cava cave dinner

I thought the bottles of Cava could not get anymore rustic until I walked into the cave at Bohigas, a family owned winery. Their hand-built cellar helps them to produce over a whopping 600,000 bottles.

Do not perform the white glove test in here. I am not sure how come the more grime in a Cava cave just makes it cooler and that same muck in my bathroom at home does not have the same affect?
Annette White in Bohigas Cava Cave

What impressed me at Llopart was the sleek arrangement of bottles in their cave. Even though it was practical, it seemed more like a part of the architecture.
Llopart Cava Cave in Spain

Mascaro had the most unique riddling equipment and I am using the term “equipment” loosely. To consolidate sediment, they were using a metal frame that needed to be manually shifted several times a day.Cava Caves Riddling

We all know how embarrassingly dedicated I am to my glass (maybe two) of jammy red wine, especially from my home in the Sonoma region, but Spanish Cava has now secured its place as a strong alternative, somewhere between Syrah and diet Coke.

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2017-03-09T23:30:17+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Categories: Europe, Spain, TRAVEL|Tags: , |

9 Comments

  1. Juliann November 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    What a unique way to enjoy wine. I’ll have to remember this!

  2. Barbara November 10, 2013 at 6:09 am - Reply

    I love this and the pictures are great! It looks like a fun and interesting place to visit. I can’t believe they produce 600,000 bottles of wine, that’s amazing and I agree…the white glove test would not be a good idea in there!

  3. Heather November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Ooh, I’d love to have dinner in that cave!

  4. estherjulee November 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    whoa that’s really cool!

  5. Jonathan Look, Jr. November 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    I have done something similar in Burgundy! What better way to learn about wine than to visit where it lived? 🙂

  6. Gaurab November 18, 2013 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Loved your posts. Have followed you through twitter, Looking forward to see more from you 🙂

  7. Gabriel November 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Very very cool. One day I’d like to try some very very old wine just to see what the difference in taste is.

    • Annette White November 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      It would be really interesting to do a taste test with drastically different vintages of the same wine. I bet that older is not always better.

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