In 1982 Vilarnau became part of the González Byass family of wineries. The new winery was sited right at the centre of the estate, with a new era of winemaking, which began October 2005.
Tinto Crianza, 10 meses en barricas de roble francés y americano
Cava Brut Nature, más de 36 meses de crianza en cava, un cava blanco elaborado con uva tinta de Pinot Noir
Members of Spainish nobility, the Vilarnau family settled in this special place that is Penedés in the 12th century. Vilarnau is a contraction of the latin, Vila Arnau, in other words the Arnau family’s “country house, or Domus”. Formerly it stood within the estate of the Castillo de Subirats (Subirats Castle) where vines were already being grown in the 12th century. Albert de Vilarnau, whose name has been given to what is currently the brand’s most exclusive cava, was the singular character who was responsible for increasing the family’s power back in the 14th century. He was also a patron of the church of Santa Maria de Vilarnau.
The first cava labelled Vilarnau was created in1949 when the owners first sold a cava made from grapes that had been grown on the “Can Petit i Les Planes de Vilarnau” estate, for centuries. Since then Vilarnau has been associated with excellent cavas, made to exacting quality standards with impeccable attention to detail.
In 1982 Vilarnau became part of the González Byass family of wineries. The new winery was sited right at the centre of the estate, with a new era of winemaking, which began October 2005. The winery’s modern design is by architect Luis González. Straight lines are a dominant feature of the building which, through the abundant use of glass, blends in to with the beautiful Mediterranean surroundings in a most stunning way. Three main elements help the building integrate into this environment: water, which runs around the outside of the building and is in fact collected rainwater, the glass used for the windows and the oak used on the external walls. The interior has been designed largely by the eminent artist Antonio Miró, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The Vilarnau winery is located very close to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Specialising in small-scale, artisan production of exclusive, high quality cavas, this small winery shares its innovative, creative and dynamic nature with Spain’s most avant-garde city.
The “Can Petit i les Planes de Vilarnau” estate occupies 20 hectares in a beautiful corner in the heart of cava country, with magnificent views of the Montserrat mountains, which protect the vines from the cold Pyrenean winds. The vineyards are bordered to the south by the Serralada Litoral (the Coastal Range) whilst to the east the vines are open to the Mediterranean sea just 30 kilometres away. At 250 metres above sea level this beautiful site is excellent for growing vines.
We look after these 20 hectares with as much care and attention as we can. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are the cornerstone varietalds for our cavas and we also have plantings of Macabeo and Xarel·lo.
All these varieties are planted on plots with the best aspects so that they receive the number of hours of sunlight they need as well as optimum ventilation, provided by gentle breezes from the Mediterranean, which ensure optimum ripening of the grapes every harvest. Our grapes are all harvested at night, starting in mid-August and finishing at the end of September.
The soil on the “Can Petit i les Planes de Vilarnau” estate is alluvial in origin, formed of layers of lime and clay.