Xavi and Cristina Bernet had always been farmers in the region of High Penedes. In 2003 they decided to take over Xavi’s grandfather’s vineyards and produce their own sparkling wines, stopping to sell the must to the local Cava cooperatives.
Located in El Pago-Subirats, Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia, at 300-400 meters of altitude and surrounded by the Mediterranean forest, they classify their wines as Vinyes de Muntanya (Mountain vineyards). They farm a total of 7 hectares of organic certified vineyards since 2008. The soil is calcareous and the main grape for their sparkling wines is Xarel.lo, coming from vines ranging from 10 to 90 years old. In the vineyard they don’t use any pesticides or herbicides, they use horsetail herb to prevent mildew and sheep compost from the local farmers. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast happens and they apply only minimum doses of sulfites. Their celler (winery) is named after their first daughter: Julia Bernet.
Since 2019 they belong to Corpinnat, not being part of Cava anymore. 8 wineries from Cava joined forces together exiting the DO and approving their own regulations to make their own quality sparkling wines by following certain rules such as: They need to be organic farming certified, the second fermentation has to undertake at least 18 months, and the wines must be produced and bottled at the winery.
𝘜 𝘉𝘳𝘶𝘵 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 2018 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘟𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭.𝘭𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘥. 12 – 90 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘟𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭.𝘭𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧 300-400 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 2021, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥 36 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘴. 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺? 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳. 𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘈 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵!
Julia Bernet, Corpinat, U Brut Nature, 2018
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