Codorniu

Wineries and wines, Cava
The Codorníu cellars are beyond a doubt the most well-known and visited cellars in Catalonia. This is true not only because Codorníu was the first company to produce cava in Catalonia, led by cava pioneer Josep Raventós i Fatjó in 1872, but also on account of the architecture of the building itself, a spectacular Modernista-style work designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch between 1895 and 1915 and later declared an historic-artistic monument.

The Codorníu cellars are beyond a doubt the most well-known and visited cellars in Catalonia. This is true not only because Codorníu was the first company to produce cava in Catalonia, led by cava pioneer Josep Raventós i Fatjó in 1872, but also on account of the architecture of the building itself, a spectacular Modernista-style work designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch between 1895 and 1915 and later declared an historic-artistic monument.

The Codorníu winemaking tradition began in the middle of the 16th century (a document from that time confirms the activity of Jaume Codorníu in the sector). In 1659, the Codorníu surname was lost when the heir of the family, Anna, married Miquel Raventós. It was at the end of the 19th century, coinciding with the phylloxera plague, when Codorníu decided to devote its energies exclusively to the production of traditional sparkling wines and export them to international markets. Since then, the company has grown to such an extent it is now one of the largest cava producers in the world, not mention being the cava of choice of the King and Queen of Spain.

Today, the firm obtains the grapes it uses to make cava from vineyards located in three different areas where the most appropriate variety (Macabeo, Xarel·lo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), depending on the type of soil and climate, is grown.

Visits to the Codorníu cellars are highly organised and intended for large groups. They begin with an audiovisual presentation that narrates the history of the company and introduces visitors to the world of cava before leading them on a tour of the meticulously cared for gardens where many brides and grooms have their picture taken on their wedding day. The tour of the gardens, which surround the Codorníu manor house (also designed by Modernista architect Puig i Cadafalch), leads to the Bodega Grande (Big Cellar), the old press room until the 1970s (today the Codorníu Museum) where machinery dating back to the 16th century is exhibited.

The so-called shrine is the entry point to the underground city that extends beneath the exterior construction and is the place where the family history is told. The first stop on the underground tour is the bottling room, the site of two lines with a cumulative capacity of 40,000 bottles an hour. From there stretch 19 miles of cellars, distributed among four floors, where the bottles age and which have a storage capacity of one hundred million bottles. A tourist train transports the group along one mile of underground track, giving visitors an idea of the evolution of the construction of the cellars, from those dug directly out of rock to the most industrial ones, including cellars with Catalan vaulted ceilings and pointed arches. On the final part of the visit guests learn about disgorging tasks. The tour ends with a sampling of one of the firm's products.

  • Types of wines: Cava
  • Tasting: S
  • Products on sale: S
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish, German, English, French
  • Do they accept visitors?: S
  • Visiting season: Year round
  • Visiting Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Guided tours: S
  • Tel. for reserving visit time : 938 9133 42
You are adhered to: Wine Tourism, Premium Catalonia
You are adhered to: Wine Tourism, Premium Catalonia
You are adhered to: Wine Tourism, Premium Catalonia
You are adhered to: Wine Tourism, Premium Catalonia
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Codorniu
  • Codorniu

  • Address:Avenue Jaume Codorniu, s/n

  • Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

  • Barcelona / Costa Barcelona

  • Codorniu
  • Codorniu

  • Address: Avenue Jaume Codorniu, s/n

  • Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

  • Barcelona / Costa Barcelona

  • Telephone:938 913 342

  • E-mail:reserves@codorniu.com / eventos@codorniu.com

  • Web:http://www.visitascodorniu.com

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