Paul Cheneau

Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The ancestors of the Giró Ribot family, a noble lineage, are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds which go back over several generations of wine, Cava and spirit producers. The symphonic nature of this union has been key to the development of Paul Cheneau. The Paul Cheneau line can be best described as elegant Spanish sparkling Cavas with French influence of styling. Paul Cheneau is classically traditional in their methods of production as well as in the grape varieties used. Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the Appellation d’Origine Penedès. This beautiful area of Catalonia, halfway between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north by the spectacular and remarkable solid mass of Montserrat.

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HISTORY

The ancestors of the Giró Ribot family, a noble lineage, are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds which go back over several generations of wine, Cava and spirit producers. The symphonic nature of this union has been key to the development of Paul Cheneau.

TERROIR

Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the Appellation d’Origine Penedès. This beautiful area of Catalonia, halfway between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north by the spectacular and remarkable solid mass of Montserrat. Around 64,247 acres of natural paradise, witness to a long and noble historical tradition and a place where climatic and topographical conditions come together to form an ideal environment for cultivating and producing wines of the highest quality. While the solid mountain mass of Montserrat protects it from cold north winds, the proximity of the sea ensures mild temperatures. In addition, this Appellation d’Origine enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild, the summers only moderately hot and there is not too much rain. The winery owns 247 acres of vineyards of the indigenous Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada grapes, with which Cavas are produced. The harvest is still hand picked, and second fermentation takes place in the bottle following the Traditional Method.

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Joan Rovira Grau has been Technical Director & Winemaker at Giró Ribot since 2000. With 22 years of experience in the wine industry, previously working for Torres, CEVIPE, Cooperative de Rodonyà, etc. ­ From 1994-2000 at Technical Commercial in AEB Iberica, S.A. overseeing projects in the wine industry in South America and Spain, working on projects for enological innovation. Joan Rovira Grau began his studies in 1986 at the Agriculture College of Barcelona becoming a Technical Agricultural Engineer in Agrarian and Food Industries. He then continued to pursue his Master in Viticulture and Oenology in 1991 at Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Finishing his education with his Degree in Oenology in 2003 at Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona.