50 Great Cavas is the only competition that provides a comprehensive snapshot of Spain’s top Cavas. The ultimate aim of this competition is on the one hand to reward the best Cavas produced in Spain with medals and on the other to demonstrate to both the trade end the consumer that it is time to rediscover Cava and making it something we should all be drinking now.

The Competiton

Cavas are grouped according to dosage and ageing on the lees and then tasted blind by a panel of 5 judges. Judges are aware of the dosage levels and time on lees. After each Cava tasted, the judges compare notes and reach a consensus on a score out of 100 points. Gold and Silver medals only are awarded for the top 50 Cavas. Bodegas can label medal-winning Cavas with stickers for bubble lovers to recognise in store.

Meet the Judges

Click on the links to view the Judge’s background, comments and discover their particular favourite Cava in the competition.

Anthony Swift I Colin Harkness I Juan Manuel Gonzalvo I Albert López Galvez I Jenny Siddall

The Results

Overall the judges found the tasting challenging, but in the end they came up with some real category winners. The top scoring Cavas coming from names not on the tip of our tongues such as Celler Vell, Ramón Canals and Adernats. Most of the top Cavas were all priced at under 18 Euros offering fabulous value for money.

Brut Nature Reserva

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Celler Vell Brut Nature Reserva97GOLDCeller Vell20147.85€
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 201396GOLDRamon Canals Canals20139.95€
Mas Codina Brut Nature Reserva94SILVERMas Codina20157.50€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Brut Nature94SILVERVia de la Plata20158.50€
Ramon Canals Reserva Numerada 201494SILVERRamon Canals Canals201411,00€
Bohigas Brut Nature Reserva93SILVERFermí Bohigas20159.60€
Cava Caprasia93SILVERBodegas Vegalfaro201410,00€
Fuchs de Vidal Reserva, Cuvée Especial93SILVERBodegas Capità Vidal201411,00€
Gran Fuchs de Vidal93SILVERBodegas Capità Vidal201417.50€
Via de la Plata Coupage Brut Nature92SILVERVia de la Plata20144.95€
CastellRoig Reserva Brut Nature92SILVERCastellRoig20149.90€
Adernats Centenari92SILVERAdernats Vinícola de Nulles201431,00€
Kairus Brut Nature Reserva91SILVERPep Wines20158,00€
Via de la Plata Chardonnay Reserva90SILVERVia de la Plata201412,00€
Noa de Fermí Bohigas90SILVERFermí Bohigas20139.20€

Brut Nature Gran Reserva

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Adernats XC96GOLDAdernats Vinícola de Nulles201333.70€
Castellroig Gran Reserva Brut Nature95GOLDCastellroig201313.40€
Grand Cuvée94SILVERSumarroca201315.65€
Lagrima Real 201094SILVERUnion Vinicola del Este201010.30€
Adernats Gran Reserva Brut Nature93SILVERAdernats Vinícola de Nulles201118,35€
Celler Vell Cuvée Les Solanes Brut Nature Reserva91SILVERCeller Vell201317.50€
Fuchs De Vidal Gran Reserva91SILVERBodegas Capità Vidal201312,00€
Mascaro Cava Reserva Brut Nature “Pure”90SILVERMascaro201311.50€

Brut Nature Larga Crianza

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Freixenet Casa Sala98GOLDFreixenet200740,00€
Sabaté i Coca Josep Coca Gran Reserva Brut Nature95GOLDCastellroig201118.50€
Cossetania Gran Reserva Brut Nature95GOLDCastell d’Or201118,00€
Cava Reyes de Aragon Gran Reserva95GOLDBodegas Langa201047,00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Masia S.XV Brut Nature95GOLDRovellats200826.74€
Ramón Canals Gran Reserva Limitada 201195GOLDRamón Canals201119,00€
Gran Reserva Barrica94SILVERAgustí Torelló Mata201123,00€
Gramona III Lustros Brut Nature Gran Reserva 200994SILVERGramona200924,00€
Kripta94SILVERAgustí Torelló Mata200847,00€
Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cuvée Imperial92SILVERCava Varias200818,00€
Rovellats Gran Reserva Brut Nature90SILVERRovellats201115.19€

Brut Reserva

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Flama d’Or Brut Imperial93SILVERCastell D’0r201610,00€
Mas Codina Brut Reserva92SILVERMas Codina20156.50€
Nit del Foc Brut91SILVERUnion Vincola del Este20154.50€
Raventós Rosell Brut Reserva91SILVERRaventós Rosell20148.60€
Vega Medien Brut Ecológico90SILVERUnion Vincola del Este20156.05€
Francoli Brut Reserva90SILVERCastell d’Or20159,00€
Papet del Mas Brut Reserva90SILVERPep Wines20158,00€

Brut Gran Reserva

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Duran 5V Gran Reserva96GOLDRamon Canals Canals201222,00€
Núria Claverol Homenatge95GOLDSumarroca201341.75€
Adernats Reserva Brut94SILVERAdernats Vinícola de Nulles20147,85€
Vintage Brut 2012 GR94SILVERPere Ventura201227.50€
Adernats Gran Reserva Brut94SILVERAdernats Vinícola de Nulles201115.90€
Rovellats Col·lecció93SILVERRovellats201132.91€
Duran Origin Gran Reserva93SILVERRamon Canals Canals201313,00€
Mascaro Cava Reserva Brut “Nigrum”91SILVERMascaro20139.30€

Brut Larga Crianza

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Gramona Imperial Brut Gran Reserva 201197GOLDGramona201116,00€
Gramona Celler Batllé96GOLDGramona200650,00€

Rosado

WineScoreMedalWineryHarvestSRP
Vega Medien Rosé95GOLDUnion Vinicola del Este20155€
Bohigas Rosat94SILVERFermí Bohigas20159.2€
Rosat Trepat92SILVERAgusti Torello Mata201413€
Mas Codina Brut Rosé Reserva92SILVERMas Codina20148.5€
Ramón Canals Reserva Rosé92SILVERRamón Canals Canals201411,00€
Raventós Rosell Rosé Brut Nature90SILVERRaventós Rosell20156.90€