It is one of the few wineries to have considerably increased cava's quality perception and to have proven that Spain's sparkling wines can achieve excellence. The winery dates back to 1924, when Josep Mata Capellades started to build, pick in hand, the cellars where some of Spain's longest aged cavas rest today.
Recaredo is unique. Its cavas are all Brut Nature (the driest style in the Denomination) and aged with natural cork stoppers. Each bottle is manually disgorged and given that bottle necks are not frozen, the disgorgement process is worth watching!
The third generation are the current managers. Their 50 hectares of vines planted on dry land are located in Alt Penedès and follow organic and biodynamic practices certified by Demeter. The wine made from the old Xarel.lo vines is aged in barrels, but Recaredo's style is decidedly no-nonsense. Recaredo cavas are dry, austere, with notable acidity and often with complex herbal aromas.
Recaredo's cavas are based on Xarel.lo and, to a lesser extent, Macabeo. All bottlings, including its entry-level cava, carry some barrel-fermented Xarel.lo. Brut Nature Gran Reserva (around €16), which has 3% added to the blend, is made from other growers' grapes and a small percentage of Parellada. Subtil Gran Reserva Brut Nature (€22) comes from the winery's own vines and has 30% Chardonnay (which will be replaced by indigenous grapes from the 2014 vinatge) and 7% barrel-fermented Xarel.lo, whereas the Brut de Brut Gran Reserva (around €28) is made from the family's oldest vines with Macabeo as base wine and over 30% Xarel.lo in the blend. This philosophy is applied to the top products: Reserva Particular Gran Reserva Brut Nature (around €50 in Spain) was the star at a vertical tasting that took place during the winery's 50th anniversary in 2012. Of all the disgorged bottlings in the cellar that day, the 1984 vintage clearly proved the aging potential of the best cavas.
The most ambitious Recaredo cava is Turó d'en Mota (around €100). It is made from a single vineyard Xarel.lo and aged for over 100 months. 1999 was the first vintage and production barely reaches 3,000 bottles.
Recaredo's organic commitment has resulted in a range of still white wines known as Can Credo. Made from Xarel.lo grapes, the amount of SO2 decreases to zero in the Cap Ficat bottling.