There are few family-run wineries that can date back their wine-making traditions as far as this one can. Their ownership of 90 hectares of vineyards and woodlands located around Sant Sadurní d'Anoia can be traced back to 1497, passing intact through the hands of 18 generations. Furthermore, Josep Raventós Fatjá is accredited with producing the first Cava and using grapes from this estate in 1872. The family has had close links in the past with Cordoníu, and consequently the Raventós name has long been associated with sparkling wine.
Following on after 500 years of history and making a mark is no mean feat, but in 1984 Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc and his son, Manuel Raventós, set about establishing an architect-designed winery equipped with modern installations in order to give their brands global prominence. The company features an ancient oak tree that grows on their estate as their logo and symbol of longevity. It is alive and thriving, despite considerable damage received in April 2009, thus showing how firm and strong its roots are, and setting a magnificent example for this winery to follow.
Manuel and his son Pepe both bring their own strengths to wine-making. Pepe joined officially in 2001 and gained valuable experience in red wine production from some notable names developing terroir techniques in France. There is a forward-looking element to this winery that sits comfortably with tradition. For example, various Cavas are offered, yet not specifically identified by type, such as Brut or Brut Nature: each has its own personality based on the vineyard plot from which it originates, and this is considered significant. The emphasis for this wine-making operation is the artisan quality and high definition of its end products (sparking as well as still wines), without the need for large-scale quantities.