La Granja 360 Cava
Technically meaning ‘cellar,’ the Spanish adopted this Catalan term to describe their traditional method sparkling wines. Uniquely, the Cava denomination isn’t restricted to one geographical area but rather, concentrated to a few: Valencia, Aragón, Navarra, Rioja, and the Basque country. Cava’s mainstay varieties include Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarello, with a few international varieties occasionally showing up.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.