In 1888, Manuel Raventós Doménech created a sparkling wine in Penedés with three native varieties: Xarel•lo, Macabeu and Parellada.
When we created CAVA in 1872, we dreamed of a World Class sparkling wine. This is why Josep Raventós Fatjó decided to innovate with Xarel.lo from the same vineyard where de la Finca comes from to this day. He understood the great potential of this grape, the mineral structure of our oldest soils and, most importantly, that to become World Class you have to be AUTHENTIC.
After 150 years CAVA has become a volume-oriented DO lacking geographical distinction in terms of climate and terroir; it also suffers from low viticultural standards. As you all know, Raventós i Blanc was created to give a raison d'être to an estate where vines have been grown since 1497, and to continue a family vine-growing tradition that stretches back over 20 generations. The founder, Josep María Raventós i Blanc, believed in the closest possible connection between man and nature building on the traditions of the Catalan country folk which are rooted deep in their land. His philosophy was to create a true alternative to champagne.
Here at Raventós I Blanc, we want to recover the long-lost characteristics of that life based around the traditional farmhouse of the Penedès region and the local vine-growing culture in which the land, the vines, the animals and man all work together as an agricultural whole — biosynergy. We believe that there is an opportunity for honest wines — originating from a single estate, a specific climate, native grape varieties and a rigorous, well-defined and respectful form of viticulture.
For this reason, in November 2012 we decided to leave the CAVA DO.
We believe that we need to create a LOCAL, VITICULTURALLY ORIENTED DO with strict controls in order to showcase our wines and help them to be better understood worldwide.