Marques de gelida

Marques de gelida

Marques de Gelida is owned by six family growers that have roots in the Penedes area since the 1600's.  Located in the northeast zone of Penedes, locally know as Penedes Alta, the vineyards are among the highest in the D.O.  Mostly planted to Xarel-Lo Parellada and Macabeo there are additional plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the oldest plots being 84 years old; the entire estate is dry farmed.  The climate here is mostly Mediterranean, but with sub climates in the mountains that are more continental.  The productions for Marques de Gelida comes from the free run juice and first soft pressing of the grapes, it's fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperatures, then Methode Champanoise is employed.  The finished product is aged 2.5 years in bottle before release.  These sparkling wines are much greater values than their prices suggest, they're vintage, Brut Reserve cavas with tremendously high quality viticulture and winemaking going into them.  By Penedes standards their production is extremely small (25,000 cases)