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Cava Guilera

Pere and María
Grandfather

Original Guilera Artigas label
Cava Guilera when it began.

from 1927

Old photo pending description

Isidre Guilera and Maria Sardà: Isidre Guilera made the first Cava Guilera bottles in 1927, when Maria Sardà and himself worked as farmers at Can Batlle. He was a self-taught man and made just a few bottles in secret. Three years later, Isidre and Maria bought the Ca l’Artigas farmhouse and became the owners. A very risky move indeed but one that proved to be a success, as we are now celebrating our 90th Anniversary.

Pere and María

Pere Guilera and Maria Massana: Pere and Maria continued the family project. They rebuilt the cellar, bought new machines for cava making, grew cereal crops and worked the farm. They had two children, Pere and Assumpció. Pere studied Technical Agricultural Engineering and, in 1985, he became the cellar manager. Under his management, Cava Guilera established itself as a small family-run cellar specializing in traditionally made premium cava.

Grandfather

Pere Guilera and Núria Rafecas: For more than 30 years, Pere devoted himself to the cellar, and with a drive to leave the Penedès in a better way than he had actually found it, he took high-responsibility positions in several institutions like Consell Regulador del Cava (the Cava Governing Body) , the Institut del Cava and Pimecava (2 Cava trade associations), Subirats Toursim Board and CEPvi, which is the main organization at the Congrés d’Art, Paisatge Vitivinícola i Enoturisme (the Congress of Art, Wine Landscape and Wine Tourism).

Original Guilera Artigas label

Jordi Guilera, Marta Guilera and Miguel Hileno: In January 2018 Pere assumed the presidency of Cava Guilera and assigned the executive management to his two children, Jordi and Marta. Jordi is the new manager and is in charge of the vineyards, cellar and finances. Marta is the spokesperson and the person responsible for the communication and wine tourism departments. Miguel Hileno completes the executive team as a cellar representative and is responsible for the design and sales departments. It is a change of cycle with a profile towards continuity, as Cava Guilera will continue with the tradition of long-aged cavas and sustainable cultural tourism.

Cava Guilera when it began.

premium cava

Cava Guilera is a small family-run cellar specialized in traditionally made long aged cava: Reserva and Gran Reserva. We keep to the handcrafted way of cava making, while making a small quantity of only 25,000 bottles per year. Our cavas are aged on its lees for a minimum of 24 months for up to 12 years. All our cavas are graceful, harmonious and elegant, with a fine bubble that delicately explodes on the palate and with fruit-driven flavours that grow in intensity with the passing of the years. They are gastronomical cavas that are extremely versatile – enjoy them by the glass or with your meals.

Dry-land vineyards, 100% sustainable and close to the Mediterranean sea – this is the Penedès DNA and the soul of our cavas. We always have Xarel·lo as the backbone, well-accompanied by Macabeu and with a touch of Parellada. In Cava Guilera we like our cavas to reflect the history of our vineyards when the grape is maturing. Sun, rain, land and wind- every crop is different and we want to highlight each of the characteristics of every vintage. For this reason, we don’t age our wines in wooden barrels: only the grape and aging on its lees.

A premium cava is a very exclusive product. According to the Consell Regulador del Cava (the Cava Governing Body) in 2016, only 2% of the cavas on the market were Gran Reserva, 10% Reserva and the rest were young cavas. You can easily identify each style thanks to the round seal indicating its age on the lees. The white seal: Cava aged for a minimum of 9 months. The green seal: Reserva which is aged for a minimum of 15 months. The black seal: Gran Reserva which is aged for a minimum of 30 months and has passed all the quality controls required by the Consell Regulador del Cava. Consumption is a brushstroke that exemplifies tomorrow’s society. Have a taste of us!

Pere Guilera

wine tourism in the vineyards

 
Group photo of Cava Guilera team

Penedès – the Mediterranean Sea – Montserrat – Barcelona. These are the coordinates for the paradise of cava and wine lovers. More than 200 cellars of all sizes and a great amount of adventures and settings to discover. Penedès is a mosaic of vineyards, forests, streams, small towns and villages. A land where people passed through and that was established by the first villages in the Mediterranean. A multi-coloured collage of blues, greens, golden and toasted colours that must be handled with reasoning, communication and great sensibility.

Preserving our wine identity and the singularity of our landscapes is a never-ending fight. We are always aware and cooperative, designing new creative proposals presented with charm. Wine vacations in the Penedès was born with the goal of balancing the economic development and the conservation of our landscape. Then, a question was asked: If economy and landscape can go together, hand in hand, why was there confrontation? We have the history, the heritage, the folklore, the gastronomy and the landscape. We have great wines and cavas. We just need to organize and collaborate with one another. More wine bars, more cava by the glass, more nights among the vineyards and more knowing smiles.

In Cava Guilera we are committed to wine tourism since the very beginning and we back a model of cultural tourism, integrated, imaginative and sustainable. A tourism that helps to distribute wealth and to show that another type of tourism is possible. To always defend and safeguard the free flow of everyday life and the pleasure of living here, so those who come to visit us can enjoy authentic experiences and with great added value. Welcome to the Penedès: our home, land of great cavas, fantastic landscapes and exceptional wines.