The history of the Codorníu family goes back to the middle of the 16th century. A document of that period mentions Jaume Codorníu and confirms that at that time he owned presses, barrels and casks. In 1659 Anna, the Codorníu’s eldest daughter, married Miquel Raventós. Anna was the last of the family dynasty to bear the Codorníu name, the heirs were called Raventós. The history of cava is closely linked to that of Codorníu. In 1872, Josep Raventós i Fatjó, after visiting the Champagne region, in France, where he investigated and learned the Champanoise Method, produced his first bottles of quality sparkling wine with its own identity. He used the traditional method and blended the classic Penedès varieties. In 1885, Josep’s son, Manuel Raventós, took over the family business and became convinced that the family’s sparkling wines had a promising future.