A medieval Catalan farmhouse in the town of Torroelles de Foix is the origin of Heredad Montsarra, a well-known vineyard in Alt Penedes. In 1992, Heredad Montsarra became part of Bardinet, S.A. Montsarra Cava is made from a careful blend of native grapes. Contributing strength and quality, Macabeo makes up 60 to 70 percent of the blend; Xarello, which comprises 15 to 20 percent, adds substance and structure; and Parellada, at 15 to 20 percent, supplies the deep aroma. Once blended, the cava receives a second fermentation in the cellars, where the temperature is constant and the wine is protected against light and vibration. Monstarra Cava is typically cellared for a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 years.
YEAR FOUNDED: 1857
PROPRIETORS: Bardinet, S.A.
WINEMAKER: Ramon Viader Guixà
SIZE OF PROPERTY: 40 hectares (99 acres)
AMOUNT OF PROPERTY PLANTED: 40 hectares (99 acres).
TERROIR: Penedes is a region in eastern Catalonia that includes the areas of Alt Penedes, Baix Penedes and the Garraf. The vineyards of the Heredada Montsarra are situated at an altitude between 250–310 meters (800–1,000 feet) above sea level, and are protected against the wind by the mountains of La Llacuna. The soil is calcareous. The average annual temperature is 14°C (58°F), and ranges from 27°C (82°F) in July to 2°C(37°F) in January.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 250.000 bottles/year