• The origins of Cava

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  • 1551

    The origins

    The Codorníu family history dates back to 1551. Documents dating from this year are the first to refer to Jaume Codorníu’s vineyards and his winemaking activities.

  • 1659

    Anna de Codorníu

    The date when Anna Codorníu and Miquel Raventós married. Anna was the last of Jaume Codorníu’s descendants to use this surname. Their marriage brought together two important winegrowing families.

  • 1872

    The birth of cava

    In 1872 cava pioneer Josep Raventós produced the first bottles of Spanish sparkling wine using the traditional method.

  • 1898

    Art and advertising

    Manuel Raventós, an early visionary in the world of advertising, organised a poster competition to promote Codorníu’s cavas. Modernist artists of the calibre of Casas, Utrillo, Tubilla and Junyent all took part.

  • 1915

    Codorníu Cavas

    The new cellars were completed in 1915, twenty years after they were first conceived. They are one of the most important examples of modernist architecture and a symbol of Codorníu’s entrepreneurial spirit.

  • 1959

    First TV advertisement

    Codorníu launched its first television advertisement in 1959, coinciding with the first broadcasts by Televisión Española.

  • 1976

    Cathedral of cava

    Our cellars received the highest accolade when King Don Juan Carlos declared them a National Historic Artistic Monument as a key example of Catalan modernism.

  • 1984

    Anna, a new cava

    Anna de Codorníu was launched - our most emblematic cava and the first cava to include the Chardonnay variety. Anna is a tribute to the last descendant to carry the Codorníu surname.

  • 2002

    Pinot Noir

    The first rosé cava made from 100% red Pinot Noir grapes was launched - a revolution in the world of cava.

  • 2010

    Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs

    The first white cava made with the Pinot Noir red variety was created - an outstanding cava for those who enjoy complex wines.

  • 2014

    Cuveé 1872 de Codorníu, getting back to our origins

    This new Codorníu offering pays homage to cava’s history, and takes its inspiration from art nouveau and the traditional method

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