Cava – you’ll get exactly what you pay for

We love Cava


Naturally we love Cava and we are proud of it. Cava is an integral part of Catalan wine culture as well as being synonymous with friendship and family; there will always be a bottle of Cava on a Catalan dinner table!

La Cuina is lucky to have access to some of Catalunya’s most respected micro producers, hence why we have 10 Cavas on our list ranging from young wines, delicious as an aperitif, to Gran Reservas that can be paired exquisitely with a range of dishes. We always price our Cavas fairly as we want to share them rather than inflating prices as many restaurants do.


Why is Cava more expensive than Prosecco?


We’re often asked why Cava, generally, is more expensive than Prosecco and how they differ as wines. Comparing Cava and Prosecco is like comparing apples and pears: not only are they made from completely different grape varieties, the way in which they are made is also distinct. The only two things they have in common is their sparkle (although that can also differ too!) and the flute glass they are served in.


How are Cava and Prosecco different?


Cava is made via the Champenoise or Traditional method; this is exactly the same method used to make Champagne. Its delicate natural sparkle is produced by fermenting the wine twice, the second time in the bottle. This allows the wine to be in contact with the lees (the yeast) producing a range of more complex wines, some with greater depth and the possibility to pair it with so many dishes. This method takes longer so naturally it will affect the cost of the wine.

Prosecco is made via the Charmant or tank method, its second fermentation takes place in a stainless steel tank. This is a far quicker way to make sparkling wine and in greater quantity. It produces a different style of wine as there’s less lees (yeast) contact, the wine produced is more about the fruit flavours than creating depth of flavour. As a result Prosecco is generally cheaper although of course you will find premium Proseccos.


UK Excise Duty £2.77


Did you know that for every 75cl bottle of sparkling wine that is imported into the UK £2.77 must be paid to HMRC? We are the second most highly taxed country in the EU for wines and spirits. After the £2.77 add on the cost of the wine, the transport, the profit then the 20% VAT. Bearing that in mind it’s crystal clear that the quality of the wine is paramount as the £2.77 will be paid regardless of whether it is a £6 or £26 bottle of cava. We don’t import Cava based on cost, but on its quality.