The winery behind Jaume Serra Cristalino was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.
The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra’s vineyards situated in the Alta Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area’s famous sparkling wines, called CAVA. The winery is located on the 300 acre El Padruel estate and shares the landscape with the famous 17th century fortress of the same name. During the 1980’s, experimentation was undertaken to determine which varietals would thrive in the area and exhausted vines were removed and replaced with the white varietals above as well as Merlot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In addition to their own estate grown grapes, the winery has established unique, long-term contracts with 15 growers in the Penedés region. Under these agreements, control and maintenance of the vineyards is undertaken by Jaume Serra to ensure their quality standards are met. From these growers the winery purchase the white varietals of Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello and Chardonnay which are used in the famous Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut, Extra Dry and Brut Nature Cavas.
By law, Cava must be made in the traditional method in which the secondary fermentation takes place in the same bottle in which the sparkling wine is sold. There is an added requirement that Cavas must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After conducting extensive research, the winery has isolated the ideal yeast which helps to impart the finest quality and an elegant mouth-feel to our Cavas.
JAUME SERRA CRISTALINO is not affiliated with, sponsored by, approved by, endorsed by, or in any way connected to Louis Roederer’s CRISTAL® champagne or Louis Roederer.