Notes on the history of cava (1): The Benedictines in the origins

CAVAis the name that was adopted inSpain in 1972 as a result of the dispute with France over the name of "champagne" which had been used since the late nineteenth century for sparkling wines of second fermentation made in Catalonia.The name obviously referred to the French regionChampagne, where the technique of this production had come from.The French claim to the right of the name was taken into account and since then we have used the word CAVA to name them.    The history of sparkling wines has a strong connection with the religious order of the Benedictines.The agrarian possessions that...

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America and the vineyard.

In the 16th century, Europeans brought the vine (vitis vitifera) to America. 

Three hundred years later, the plant had acclimatized to the new continent by slightly varying its characteristics so that it had become resistant to powdery mildew (a fungus popularly called "ashy"), as well as being insensitive to a American insect, non-existent in Europe: thedaktulosphaira vitifoliae(phylloxera) 


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