City of Origin:
Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
Joan Aura (owner and head winemaker)
Total Annual Production:
Mestres first documents as wine négociant are dated from 1312. We still have documents dated 1567 frm Mestres. In 1607, we find documents s vine growers and owners showing the vineyard: "Heretat Mas Coquet". It is believed that at that time, the family owned 100 hectares (247 acres) of land. In the 1600's they starated burilding the ctul winery in Sant Sadurni d' Anoia, Penedes, Spain, which was finished in 1861. They are still owned by the 30th generation of family: Mestres. The winery uses 60 percent of the first press juice and sells the remaining juice, grapes, and seeds.
The Mestres family was the first producer to register the word CAVA in 1959, aiming to inform the consumer that this was a sparkling wine, aged in a cellar, using the words "wines made in cellar" (vins de cava). First ones to produce a cava "non dosage" in 1945, Visol (translated to only wine). This was done by Josep Mestres Manobens. Josep's son, Antonio Mestres Sagués, was a pioneer in the inroduction of some new techniques regarding the fermentation process for the illustaion of CAVA. They have always used the traditional grapes of their terrior: Xarel lo, Parellada, and Macabeu, all of them, hand harvested on their own 74 acres of vineyards, situated at 690 feet about sea level.