The Cava made by winemaker Pere Mata under the Mata Coloma winery banner has redefined the entire Spanish sparkling wine industry, proving that quality can exist alongside quantity. Pere farms just five hectares in the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in the heart of the Penedès, Catalunya. The work is all organic and by hand. Pere only uses the classic grape varieties of Xarello, Macabeu and Parellada, as he feels that these are the grapes most suited to the task of speaking the terroir of Cava. The wines all spend at least 2 years on lees and some over 4 years. All of the wines are vintage dated and all have disgorgement dates listed on the back labels. The quality and transparency of these sparkling wines inevitably brings up Champagne– but Pere is not attempting to make Champagne. He is making Cava with a level of dedication and craftsmanship that is usually associated with the world’s greatest sparkling wine. The results are inspiring.