A 500+ years (?) old wooden fermentation vat (Vallformosa, Penedes)

Fermentation tanks. Ancient medieval vats. Vallformosa, Vilobi, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain

Vallformosa winery, Catalonia, Penedes, Spain, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine — This is only a selection of samples. Use Image SEARCH to find more photos — Vallformosa is a family owned winery in Vilobí del Penedès, in the DO Penedes, in Catalonia in the north-eastern part of Spain. Their main production is the sparkling wine, cava, made with similar processes as in Champagne, e.g. a second fermentation in bottle. But they also make red, white and rosé wine. They have a total 400 hectares of vineyards. At the winery you can see some curioius old wooden fermentation vats, several hundred years old. It is a mid-sized winery, much smaller than the behemoths Freixenet and Codorniu, but still substantial in size. The second fermentation of the sparkling cava wine is made in bottle and the bottles are aged a certain time before the sediment is removed by the turning, “riddling”, today done in automatic ‘girasols’ (gyropalette, giropalette).

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.


Catalonia Vallformosa stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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