Cava Sparkling Wine: Top Brands to Try

Best Bets for Cava Wine

Made in the same method as Champagne, Cava takes the stage as Spain's sparkling wine gem. Hailing from the Penedès region of northeast Catalonia (just west of Barcelona), Cava is based on three local grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. Cava's claim to sparkling wine fame lies in its remarkable quality to price ratio. Top notch Cava is widely available for under $20 (and often under $15) with many regional producers showcasing the best of their bubbly in sophisticated bottles and leaning heavily on family-owned, tradition-inspired values. 

  • 01 of 07

    Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava (Spain) $12

    Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava

     Courtesy of Freixenet

    One of the best-selling Cavas on the market, Freixenet's Cordon Negro Brut offers up exceptional citrus and toasted almond notes on the nose. Built on the region's three dominant Cava grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada, this medium-bodied sparkling wine carries a fresh factor, lively acidity, and unmistakable balance on the palate.  

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    Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut (Spain) $14

    Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut

    Courtesy of Codorniu Winery

    Crafted from a 70/30 split of Chardonnay and Parellada grapes, the Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut shows a lovely bouquet of ripe apple, plush tropical fruit and the yeasty appeal of fresh-baked bread. The palate reveals a continuation of fresh-fruit themes, centered around green apple, d'Anjou pear, quince and lemon-lime citrus. Crisp and clean, this Cava kicks out a memorable finish lined with suggestions of key lime pie.

  • 03 of 07

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava (Spain) $9

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

    Courtesy of Segura Viudas

    Bringing some serious value, not to mention bubbles to the table, Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava showcases an engaging blend of nutty nuances and a dash of citrus on the nose.

    The palate profile is fresh, with zippy acidity, bright lemon-lime fruit and apple undertones.  A remarkable sparkling wine for the price, this Cava is made with a blend of regional grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo.

    Perfect for parties, keep the Segura Viudas Brut Cava in mind for appetizers, shellfish themes, tapas, and a variety of poultry picks.

  • 04 of 07

    Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava (Spain) $9

    Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

    Courtesy of Jaume Serra Cristalino Winery

    Topping the ABV scale at 11.5%, the Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava is a light to medium-bodied sparkling wine that promises considerable quality at a great price. Expect green apple and citrus on the nose and then echoed on the palate with underpinnings of an earthy minerality all wrapped up in a crispy, dry style. Perfect for pairing with fried fare and shellfish (especially drenched in butter). 

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  • 05 of 07

    Juve Y Camps Rose Brut Cava (Spain) $18

    Juve Y Camps Brute Rose

    Courtesy of Juve Y Camps Winery

    Vivid salmon color (thanks to Pinot Noir) and bright berry fruit with an engaging florality on the nose, make up this Cava's first impressions. The palate doesn't disappoint, carrying almond essence and strawberries with cream, bright acidity, and an underlying elegance from attack to spicy finish. Perfect for cured meat and smoked salmon crostini.

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    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (Spain) $23

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava

     Courtesy of Segura Viudas

    From the heart of Penedès, Spain's sparkling wine center, this Reserve Cava is crafted from all estate grown fruit (Macabeo and Parellada). Thirty months aging on lees explains the toasted brioche and smoky aromatic apple on the nose and gives this Cava a creamy elegance and fuller-body on the palate. The fruit is well integrated with apple, quince and some citrus weighing in alongside a mineral-driven finish. Rich, expressive, and focused, the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava is made for caviar, sushi, roasted poultry or pork. Really nice pewter bottle to boot!

  • 07 of 07

    Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut Cava (Spain) $18

    Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut Cava

     Courtesy of Freixenet

    A top-notch Cava pick, this lovely sparkling Rosado is brimming with the ripe aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit. On the palate, red fruit steals the limelight buffered by bubbles and balanced with optimized acidity. There is plenty of class in this glass and at only $18 a bottle, it's perfect for celebrations, picnics, appetizers, and tapas. 

Whether it's a specific celebration calling for bubbles or merely looking for a food-friendly, well-priced, extremely versatile out-of-the-box wine find, Cava has plenty to interest both beginners and enthusiasts alike.