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D.O. Cava Launches the First Certified Online Cava Training School 


The Cava Academy will be a meeting point for international training professionals to dive deeper into  the history and personalities behind a glass of Cava 

Jun 18th – Sonoma, Calif.—Open to wine professionals all over the world, the Cava Academy aims to make its  training available to everyone through comprehensive lessons led by renowned names including  Pedro Ballesteros MW and Ferran Centelles, as well as the innovative Basque Culinary Center. The  initiative emerged in response to the high level of interest noted by the Cava Regulatory Board, and  speaks to enquiries made by wine enthusiasts interested in broadening their knowledge of Cava. 

This exclusive educational project came about following the success of several in-person sessions  given in the United States, United Kingdom and Belgium. The new Academy, available in three  languages (Spanish, Catalan and English), is a more accessible training tool designed to train professionals across various sectors of the industry—sales, distribution, wine tourism, and others.  

It is the first training course created exclusively for the D.O. Cava (Regulatory Board of Cava).  Throughout the course, participants will become experts in all things related to the quality Spanish  sparkling wine: ranging from viticulture and the production of Cava to its classification and quality  guarantees, as well as tasting and food pairings.  

The curriculum offers audio-visual content, videos and interactive tests that make the learning process  enjoyable, intuitive and adaptable to the pace of each student. Tastings will be conducted by leading  wine professionals and Cava ambassadors, including Pedro Ballesteros MW and Ferran Centelles, in  the form of educational video tutorials. Upon completion of an exam at the end of the course,  successful candidates will receive a Certified Cava Trainer diploma and gain access to the Cava  Academy Alumni community. In addition, once travel restrictions from the pandemic are lifted, course  graduates will be able to participate in a 2- or 3-day visit to the Cava region to experience winery visits  as well as masterclasses focused on Cava’s gastronomic versatility.  

Students who wish to take their Cava studies one step further will have the opportunity to present a  thesis on a choice of three subjects related to the sector throughout the year. The title of Cava Expert  will be awarded to all those who present their thesis in compliance with the requirements, and the  top-rated work of the year will be recognized. 

According to Javier Pagés, President of the Cava D.O.: “The Cava Academy was created with the aim  of training true experts in Cava as ambassadors, improving their experience and understanding of Cava  in their fields of work: restauration, training establishments, food and specialised shops. They will  share the excellence of Cava and its region with those who are new to the subject, thereby inspiring  confidence in speaking about Cava knowledgably among the community of Cava-lovers around the  world.” 

The Cava Academy has a limited number of places: each edition will allow a maximum of 40 students.  The 2021 intake is open from now until 26 August: those interested can register and, if selected, take  the course from September onwards. For those interested, future calls for applications will be  announced on the website—cavaacademy.com.


Registration: cavaacademy.com 

Price: 150 € ($180 USD). Includes a tasting kit made up of a representative sample of each category of  Cava, apart from Cava de Paraje Calificado, which each student may purchase individually if they wish.  This year, the selection has been made by Pedro Ballesteros MW. 

About D.O. Cava 

With more than 70% of international sales, Cava is the Spanish D.O. which exports the most wine: its  370 associated wineries are present in over 100 countries. The D.O. encompasses more than 93,900  acres of vineyards and more than 6,800 winegrowers. Cava is a quality sparkling wine that pairs  perfectly with every type of food, and is made using the traditional method, with a strict  commitment to origin, land, and sustainability.

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