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Sant Sadurn d'Anoia, January 30 2019.-The collective brand name of the European Union CORPINNAT of Quality Sparkling Wines will be launched on the market this next spring with the selling of the first bottles, which include on the label the seal of the brand which groups nine wineries from the Penedès: Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo, Sabaté i Coca, Torelló, Huguet-Can Freixes, Júlia Bernat and Mas Candí. 

The nine wineries, which today make up the collective brand name CORPINNAT as of today have obtained from the Regulating Council the Denomination of Origen as producers of cava after months of discussions in order to attemp to find a formula that would allow for the continuation of the brand name CORPINNAT within the DO. In  spite of the intense negotiations between the wine growers and Producers Association CORPINNAT (AVEC) (l'Associació de Viticultors i Elaboradors CORPINNAT (AVEC) and the DO Cava, it has been impossible to reach a satisfactory solution between the two parties, and the wineries associated to CORPINNAT have been forced to abandon the DO even though they set up the brand with the clear will to continue within the world of Cava. The latest proposal for integration that the Regulating Council has put on the table is not assumable on the  part of CORPINNAT, because it requires a series of relinquishments that question the very nature of the collectrive brand name, such as territorial delimitation, rules of use or external quality controls.

 Undertaking for the future

The discussions between CORPINNAT and the DO Cava, particularly with the new board of directors which was formed by last summer's elections, have been constructive for the sector overall, and as a result of this the Regulating Council have incorporated in their ideas the possibility of zonification in the future within the limits of the Denomination of Origin.

CORPINNAT recognises and values the fact that the Council has taken this step which can be a great help for the evolution of cava. In fact AVEC as at all times defended the proposal that all the territories that make up the DO have the possibility for expressing their special nature when they are presented to the market. But the AVEC regrets the fact that the DO Cava does not allow the coexistence of the Cava and CORPINNAT brands on one and the same label. This coexistence was possible until the DO Cava approved a modification of the regulations at the last meeting of the Board dated (28.08.2018) to make this precisely incompatible (see chronology).

The CORPINNAT project is not only just a guarantee of origin but it also represents a commitment for defending the special features of the territory and the varieties within the international offer of sparkling wines. Also, CORPINNAT intends to strengthen the excellence of the sparkling wines produced in the heart of the Penedès with one of the strictest regulations for production in the world, which certifies the maximum standards of quality. CORPINNAT has as its mission to motivate and strengthen the whole sector in terms of prestige and positioning, an objective that is perfectly compatible with Cava. Notwithstanding that, the Regulating Council of the DO Cava has not understood it in this manner.

For this reason, and faced with the impossibility of finding, in the current context, a solution that allows for this coexistence, and without shutting any door to the future, CORPINNAT faces a new stage with the undertaking of continuing to work for the good of the whole sector, in favour of the agricultural sector as the motor for change and transformation and with the objective of positioning the top sparkling wines that are produced in the heart of the Penedès among the best in the world. Also, and faced with the unforeseen new situation outside the DO Cava, CORPINNAT opens up a period of consideration in order to tackle this new stage.

Within the strictest requirements of CORPINNAT what stands out is the obligation of working with 100% ecological grapes, hand picked, minimum 

ageing for 18 months, the inclusion of the winegrower in the chain of value and the guarantee that 100% of the vinification process is carried out on the estate.

 

CHRONOLOGY

 January 2015

The first meetings commence between a reduced number of cava producers of the Penedès to consider the future of the sector.

July 10, 2017

The Association of Viticultors i Elaboradors CORPINNAT (AVEC) is established and made up at that time by the Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo, Sabaté i Coca and Torelló wineries.. 

July 11 2017

AVEC commences procedures for registering the collective brand name CORPINNAT at the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO):

December 7, 2017

The Intellectual Property Office of the European Union ((EUIPO) formally registers the collective brand name for quality CORPINNAT sparkling wines. 

February 27, 2018

Representatives of the Board of Directors of CORPINNAT meets with the President of the Regulating Council for the DO Cava, Pere Bonet and the General Secretary, in order to present them with the project and to invite them to the official presentation programmed for the 10th of April in Sant Sadurni.

April 10, 2018

CORPINNAT introduces itself to society at an act consisting of a very wide representation of the sector and of institutions in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.

 April 12, 2018

The Regulating Council of the DO Cava issues a public communication to the effect that its judicial services are studying the compatibility of the new collective brand name CORPINNAT with the DO Cava. 

 May/June 2018

Bilateral meetings are held between the Regulating Council of the DO Cava and the AVEC in order to attempt to find a way for the coexistence of the brand name within the DO. The CRDO Cava alledges in writing that the coexistence of CORPINNAT and Cava is 

incompatible on one and the same label because it could "cause confusion amongst consumers". AVEC was willing to make concessions for this not to occur.

 June 22, 2018

The plenary session of the Regulating Council of the DO Cava Penedès approves authorization so that the new collective brand name CORPINNAT may coexist with its Classic Penedès Sparkling Wines..

 July 3, 2018

The Regulating Council of the DO Cava sends AVEC a report from it legal services that recommends a change in the regulations of the DO Cava in order to prevent the brand name CORPINNAT from coexisting on the label with the Cava brand and demands the removal of the collective brand name from the EU.

 July 2018

The Regulating Council of the DO Cava request AVEC to stop the launching of the brand name CORPINNAT on the market, foreseen at this time for the month of October and that they also stop any communications and promotion of the brand name. In exchange, the CRDO Cava undertakes not to demand the removal of the brand  name and to make no changes in its regulations with regard to labelling. AVEC accepts this agreement until the holding of the last plenary meeting of the outgoing DO Cava Regulating Council foreseen for the 28th of August.

July 6, 2018

AVEC publishes a manifest on occasion of the elections for the renewall of the Regulating Council for the DO Cava where it announces that CORPINNAT will support to those cndidates who defend the territory, who undertake to apply correcting measures for recuperating the prestige of Cava and who aacept initiatives such as the collective brand name CORPINNAT.

July/August 2018

CORPINNAT holds meetings with representatives from the differentcommunities of the DO Cava (agricultural trade unions, wine growers associations, cadidates for the presidency and directors of the Regulating Council etc) in order to explain to them the philosophy of the collective brand name and to attempt to make the sector understand the will and convenience of joining CORPINNAT.

August 28, 2018

The last plenary session of the DO Cava Regulating Council that ceases its functions and this same day approves a modification of the regulations on labelling in order to prevent the coexistence of Cava and CORPINNAT, against the agreement reached in July, much to the surprise of AVEC.

 September 2018

AVEC contacts the new President of the CRDO Cava and during a second round of conversations attempts to recuperate the dialogue.

September 28, 2018

The Huguet-Can Freixes winery joins CORPINNAT.

 October/November 2018

Bilateral meetings continue between a delegation from AVEC and the DO Cava Regulating Council in order to continue to explore an agreement making it possible for the coexistence of CORPINNAT within the Cava sector.

December 3, 2018

AVEC and the DO Cava hold a last meeting where the Regulating Council presents a document which includes the strategic lines for the future of Cava and where it reiterates that CORPINNAT does not fit unless, it withdraws from the principals of territory and other requirements from of its manual of usage.

December 3, 2018

The Júlia Bernet winery joins CORPINNAT.

December 13, 2018

The Mas Candí winery joins CORPINNAT.

December 20, 2018

AVEC calls upon the DO Cava Regulating Council to reconvene the discussions at a meeting pending calling as from January 8, 2019.

 January 5 2019

The Regulating Council of the DO Cava sends the AVEC a written draft agreement where it accepts the coexistence of the brand name CORPINAT within the DO Cava in exchange for CORPINAT withdrawing its territorial limits, that it withdraws its own regulations of usage in exchange for the inclusion of some of the rules of production of the regulations of the DO Cava and that it waivers the execution of the quality controls by an external auditing firm in exchange for the same being taken on by the inspection services of the DO Cava itself.

January 8, 2019

AVEC advises the DO Cava that the terms of the proposed draft agreement are not assumable by CORPINNAT since they violate the principles and the nature itself of the brand.

January 22, 2019

The DO Cava Regulating Council sends a letter to the presidency of CORPINNAT calling a first working meeting for commencing the zonification project foreseen for the 25th of January and where it also demands "the suspension of the use of the collective brand name, at the very latest on the 31st of January, 2019".

January 30, 2019

The nine wineries CORPINNAT submit to the registry of the DO Cava Regulating Council its withdrawal as cava producers.

The presentation of CORPINNAT this Thursday June 14 in Logroño in the framework of the 9th symposium of the Master of Wine Institute has been a success. The novelty that represents a collective mark of the EU that aims to sigularitzar great sparkling wines that are made in the heart of the Penedès together with the fact that they have driven six consolidated companies of the sector of the cava that beyond being competition in the market have joined forces to cooperate in a common project, open and inclusive, have been the two factors that have interested the most at the symposium, which has been held in the city of Logroño. CORPINNAT has taken part in the products fair with its own stand where representatives of the six bodegas driving the brand (Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo, Sabaté and Coca and Torelló) were present and where they could taste products from each winery. The two co-presidents of the Associació de Viticultors i Elaboradors CORPINNAT (AVEC), Xavier Gramona and Ton Mata, took part in the gala dinner that hosted the symposium during which they had the opportunity to explain in public what is and what objectives pursues our brand collective From here, we want to thank the organizers for their invitation and we celebrate that today CORPINNAT is already a well-known brand all over the world.

  • Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo, Sabaté i Coca & Torelló unite to promote this new brand which aims to integrate all those winemakers and winegrowers from the territory who can guarantee the quality standards established by the regulations of use of the new brand

  •  Raïm ecològic vinificat a la propietat, criances superiors als 18 mesos i preu mínim garantit al viticultor són alguns dels compromisos que hauran d’acreditar els elaboradors que vulguin emparar-se sota la nova marca.

 

Sant Sadurní d’Anoia 10th April 2018. The first bottles with the CORPINNAT brand of guarantee will be launched on the first of October. This new project promoted by the  Gramona, Llopart, Nadal, Recaredo,  Sabaté i Coca and Torelló wineries, was established with the purpose of adding prestige to the sparkling wines made in the heart of the Penedès region.  This new guarantee brand is open to all wineries that make sparkling wine within the CORPINNAT  territorial delimitation and which comply with the strict commitments established by the rules of regulation: manual harvest, organic certified grapes, use of historic varieties – placing special emphasis on autochthonous ones-, integral vinification on the premises of the winery, ageing longer than 18 months, a minimum guaranteed price to the viticulturist with a gradual increase and an undertaking to thoroughness and self-commitment. 
 
CORPINNAT consists of a geographicalregion  which brings together 46 municipalities – every one of them from the Alt Penedès and some from the Baix Penedès, Alt Camp, L’Anoia and Baix Llobregat – where for geographical, geological, climatological and social reasons, autochthonous grape varieties for sparkling wine making  have always  been grown. The CORPINNAT territory has historically concentrated the majority of Cava production and other sparkling wines made by the traditional method..
 
As far as territory is concerned CORPINNAT consists of a compact area of 22,966 hectares of vineyards and is defined by the pre-coastal depression and adjacent hills. The CORPINNAT surface represents 61% of the total Cava surface area which is 33,706 hectares.
 
The integrating spirit of this initiative lead by six companies from the sector – which together make more than 2 million bottles per year – is perfectly reflected in  the regulation of use of the brand which allows all those wineries that comply with quality and territory requirements to join  regardless of whether they are in the DO Cava,  the DO Penedès or in neither.
 
The CORPINNAT Brand will be placed on the main label of all sparkling wines made by member wineries which will be required to comply with the regulations mentioned before. In order for the wineries to be able to use the brand, they will also have to pass an initial   external audit and another yearly one to certify compliance of these requirements
 
The CORPINNAT brand has been registered in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUiPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and is property of the CORPINNAT Winemakers and Viticulturists Association (AVEC) which is the organization founded by the six promoters of the initiative that is open to all those cellars who would like to become members and make use of this brand with their sparkling wines. The AVEC board is the maximum governing body of the association and each cellar will have a vote, whereas the management board consists of a representative from each one of the six cellars that have promoted the project. Joint ad-honorem presidents of AVEC are Xavier Gramona and Ton Mata.

 

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