About Raventós i Blanc
Raventós i Blanc sets a benchmark in the creation of sparkling wine in Spain: With the longest documented viticulture tradition in the world, Raventós i Blanc has been owned by the same family since 1497 and the family’s Josep Raventós Fatjó ofﬁcially created the ﬁrst sparkling wine in Spain in 1872.
Today the estate is led by Pepe Raventós — the 21st generation working this same land — a dynamic and forward-thinking winemaker who honed his expertise with internships in the Loire Valley with the late, great Didier Dageneau and in Burgundy at the exacting Domaine Hubert Lamy. He lives with his family in the middle of the vineyard and farm; a living organism forming a single agricultural unit where providing crop diversity and increasing local biodiversity are the essential objectives.
The mineral and salinity typicity of Raventós i Blanc sparkling wines is known and appreciated worldwide; these characteristics come from the geological history of its soils covered by the sea 40 million years ago. Later the proximity of the River Anoia to the estate and its erosion of the land brought to the surface an exceptional quantity of marine fossils, making the estate’s soils some of the most mineral in the entire world.
In 2012, Raventós i Blanc withdrew from the Cava DO to work towards creating a new, terroir-driven appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia, born out of the desire to set high standards in wine production, applying strict requirements of viticulture and winemaking such as: the use of only indigenous grapes; ecological viticulture (100% Biodynamic); estate-produced and estate-bottled fruit; and a minimum of 18 months of aging requirements.
If you look for exceptional sparkling wine from a biodynamic, fossil-rich terroir; this is Raventós i Blanc.
Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Spanish specialist, heavily features Raventós i Blanc and Pepe Raventós in his new publishing: ‘The New Vignerons’ – A new generation of Spanish wine growers. Among many others’ comments, Gutierrez says about Pepe Raventós: “He is not only interested in the business and wine quality, but also in making what they do sustainable.”