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Torres reject Cava D.O. for new Spanish sparkling wine

Torres have announced their decision to differentiate their new sparkling wine, launching this year, by not putting the Cava name on it - therefore not signing it up to be part of the Cava DO, as originally planned.

The 2013 vintage of the sparkling wine will not be part of any denomination, even though it has been made in Catalonia and still using the traditional method.

‘This wine has been produced under the supervisions and parameters of the Cava D.O., but we have decided to separate ourselves from registering as Cava’, said Miguel Torres.

The Torres premium sparkling wine is made from grapes from vineyards 500m above sea level, in Penedès. 36,000 bottles have been produced.

The wine will also not be part of the Penedès D.O..

Torres previously told Decanter.com that ‘I believe that there should be space for niche producers and the ones with higher volumes within the appellation – the Cava DO in general plays an important role.’

However, he has now said that by not being part of the DO, they have more flexibility with winemaking in the future, and won’t be bound by limitations.

In particular, Torres sees the potential of making wine from grapes in the high altitude region of Tremp, which would not be allowed under Cava specifications.

‘Gradual changes in temperature, due to climate change mean single estates in high altitudes in Catalonia would complement this style of winemaking.’

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