What is Corpinnat?
Llopart is part of the Corpinnat cava consortium. So what? Well, for quite a few years the large commercial producers of “cava”, or sparkling wine from Spain have been at odds with the premium producers of fine, high quality Champagne method bubbly from the heart of Spanish bubbly country, Penedes. Brands like Codorniu and Frexienet can turn out oceans of commercial product made in bulk and label it the same as great producers who take great care and produce sparking wines from top vineyard sites in the Penedes Alta. Brands like Llopart, Raventos, Marques de Gelidas and Gramona to name a few. Additionally, although the vast majority of cava is produced in Penedes it doesn’t have to be. So there is no sense of place (terroir) to this fine wine which very much reflects the vineyards it comes from.
So officially, as of 2019, the premium producers differentiate themselves from the big boys by establishing the Corpinnat consortium which sets a high standard for wines that bear the name. The name Corpinnat comes from the Catalan word for heart, “corp” and the latin word “pinna” for rocky or craggy. So it combines the heart or passion of the Penedes vinero and the land where the best comes from, the high, steep, unterrraced and craggy vineyards of Penedes. The standards are quite strict and relate to source vineyards, viticulture and winemaking.