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Raventós i Blanc is a winery with one of the longest documented winegrowing traditions in the world. The family farm where our wines are now produced has belonged to the Raventós family since 1497. Five centuries working 90 hectares of vines and forest, a dynasty closely associated with the land from one generation to the next. Today, Pepe Raventós, who represents the twenty-first generation of the family, farms 44 plots using biodynamic winegrowing methods and is committed to maintaining the estate of vines, wood and lake as a complete entity. Raventós i Blanc is faithful to tradition and upholds the relationship between man and nature at the very core of its production philosophy.
From historical documents about Can Codorníu, we know that in 1497 our ancestors were already growing grapes here for their own consumption and producing must for commercial purposes. This probably represents the longest winegrowing tradition in Europe owned by a single family. Our winery is located at the centre of the estate.
It was Josep Raventós Fatjó who, when he went to the Champagne region in 1872, made the first sparkling wine with the second fermentation in the bottle, at all times using native grapes from our estate.
In 1888, at the end of the 19th century, Manuel Raventós Domènech established the coupage for the Penedès sparkling wine using exclusively native varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada, a coupage that is still made today. He also spent his time to selecting the best vines of these native varieties, which form the basis for the vineyards that produce our wines today.
One of the most influential figures of the last century was, undoubtedly, Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc, heir of the Raventós Estate and Can Cordorniu; responsible for the expansion of Codorníu in the 1960s, promoter and creator of the Cava DO; he dreamed of producing a high-quality sparkling wine. He strived to secure the prestige of cava and in 1986, he founded the Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc winery, located in the centre of this historical estate. His dream was to restore the link between man and nature, and to aim for sparkling wines of the highest quality.
In 1986, Manuel Raventós i Blanc produced the first estate cava.
Our historic timeline
The family farm where our wines are now produced has been in the Raventós family since 1497.
Vineyard owner, he was a pioneer in wine production. His last will and testament provides information on the importance of the winery, the machinery and the tools used for winemaking.
In 1658, she married Miquel Raventós and changed the name of the family that owned the Can Codorníu estate.
He was the creator of the first sparkling wine produced by the traditional method in Spain, using native grapes from our estate. A worthy competitor of the most prestigious wines in the world.
He established the coupage for the Penedès sparkling wine with native varieties: Macabeu, Xarel•lo and Parellada, a coupage still made today. He also selected the best vines of these native varieties, which form the basis for the vineyards that produce our wines today.
He managed the Raventós estate and the Codorníu company during a long period of national and global crises.
Undoubtedly, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Heir of the Raventós estate and Can Codorníu; responsible for the expansion of Codorníu in the 1960s, promoter and creator of the Cava DO. He endeavoured to secure the prestige of cava and dreamt of a sparkling wine of the highest quality. In 1986, he founded the Raventós i Blanc winery, where he made the first estate cava, with a desire to restore the link between man and nature.
He and his father founded the Raventós i Blanc winery, which was opened a few days after the patriarch's death. From the very outset, he has striven to achieve his goal of making a high-quality sparkling wine with the unique personality of our region using the traditional method. He was also the creator of the first estate cava, with Raventós i Blanc's first coupage.
He joined Raventós i Blanc. Twenty-one generations of winemakers on the Raventós estate. A tenacious dreamer and visionary with a fighting spirit; like his ancestors, he believes in a high-quality sparkling wine made from the grapes grown on this estate.
Isabel Negra, widow of Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc, lived in the ancestral home of Can Codorníu with her 11 children for over 50 years. She is a spirited woman and the family matriarch, and continued to live in the house designed by Puig i Cadafalch after the death of her husband. Even though she is over 90, every Thursday she goes up to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia to walk through the vineyards, to spend time with her son, grandson and great grandchildren, and to do some shopping — as she has always done — in the local market.
Manuel Raventós and his son Pepe Raventós have been working the land of their ancestors together for over 15 years. They produce a carefully elaborated wine and share a common dream: to make the sparkling wines from this geographical area famous for being some of the best in the world and those with the highest mineral expressions.
Because we are convinced that we have something unique to offer, one of the sparkling wines with the highest mineral expressions in the world, we are working towards creating a new Designation of Origin restricted to a well-defined area with specific winegrowing and winemaking requirements. This is why we have started to call our sparkling wines Conca del Riu Anoia, as our dream for the future is to create a new DO for the world’s highest quality sparkling wines.
In July 2016, Pepe Raventós returned to live on the estate with his family. In 1994 Raventós i Blanc had to sell the Can Codorníu ancestral home, which had been passed down to the heir from one generation to the next. More than twenty years later, Pepe Raventós returned to live on the historical family estate.
"I wanted to go home, to my land, to my roots, and to work the vines".