The Catalan company of Cava Codorníu moves to La Rioja
Bottles of cava in a cellar of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, in the province of Barcelona, an image taken on November 8, 2012
Codorníu Raventós, the flagship company that produces cava, announced Monday that it has moved its headquarters to the Spanish wine region of La Rioja for “the political situation” in Catalonia, alluding to the independence of the region.
“Codorníu Raventós” has agreed to move its registered office from the current location in Barcelona to La Rioja, “informed the Catalan company producing the sparkling wine.” Given the situation of political and legal uncertainty in which Catalonia is plunged.
The company said that “it maintains the operational structure of production of all its warehouses, as well as the total of its employees in its current work centers.”
Codorníu boasts a history of more than four and a half centuries, which goes back to the patriarch of the saga, Jaume Codorníu, wine producer of the sixteenth century. The family then related with another one equally dedicated to the viticulture, the Raventós, and in 1872 their cellars gave the formula of the cava, a sparkling wine made in the region of the Barcelona town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, and that competes with the French champagne.
Currently, the Codorníu Raventós group has ten wineries, eight in Spain, one in the Californian valley of Napa (USA) and another in the Argentine province of Mendoza.
Codorníu Raventós follows in this way the steps of companies of great social depth that in the last weeks left Catalonia by the uncertainty that has generated the political conflict between the separatist Executive regional and the Government of Spain.
Previously, the two largest banks in Catalonia, CaixaBank and Sabadell, the Gas Natural group, Aguas de Barcelona and Planeta, one of the most important publishing groups in the world in the Spanish language, took the same decision.
The one that continues for the moment in Catalonia is the great competitor of Codorníu Raventós, Freixenet, famous throughout the world for its cava and with a higher turnover.