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.
We were the first winery to create cava using Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Pallerada grapes. Codorniu owns the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, used for the production of cava with vines aged 30 years or more. This makes us experts in wine-growing and wine-making using these varieties. We were the first winery to use international varieties, with the first Chardonnay cava in 1984, the first rose cava using Pinot Noir in 2001 and in 2008, the very first Blanc de Noirs, using Pinot Noir. We have created our own style for the cavas we produce, combining local and international grapes, to make stylish, very expressive, refreshing aromatic cavas, with utmost respect for grapes used and the land they come from. A complete range of cavas, of differing styles, to satisfy everybody's needs.
(Source: Codorníu Spain)