Gramona switched from conventional to integrated vine growing and then leaped to organic farming. Their commitment to biodynamics (Demeter certified) starts in 2014 in the plots destined to Enoteca and Celler Batlle, the house’s top Cavas, the white wine Font Jui Xarel.lo and the red Bru, made from Pinot Noir.
In the 2015 harvest, grapes used in their Cava III Lustros were also biodynamically grown. Jaume Gramona’s main concern, in terms of the ground under his feet, is its biological life rather than performing physical and chemical analysis.
Gramona also has faith in and advocates the most singular and emblematic Penedès variety, Xarel•lo, a vine that is not found anywhere else and which is the backbone of the bodega’s most famous long-term aged cavas: ‘Imperial’ and ‘III Lustros’, wines which are identified with the bodega and are the top-selling brands that reach the end consumer.
Xavier Gramona Sande (1959) belongs to the fifth generation of Gramona winery owners. He has a degree in Business Studies from ESADE, as well as being MSc London Business School. He has a degree in Enology from INCAVI, and a Master’s degree in Aromas from the UPC.
He currently is at the helm of family-owned, single estate Cava producer Gramona, which recently switched to biodynamics. The estate aims to compete with top-end Champagnes with their Gran Reserva – Gramona Enoteca Finca La Plana.
Xavier has long championed the ageing potential of white grape Xarel.lo due to its high resveratrol content. His estate is part of the Grandes Pagos de España and will be part of a new top-tier Cava classification reserved for single estate Cavas.