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  • October 13, 2021
  • Written by Segura Viudas

Types of cava according to sugar


As indicated by the DO Cava Regulatory Council, the difference between the different types of cava is what determines the final profile of the Cava. In general terms, this liqueur is a mix of base wine and sugar, but beyond this common starting point, a multitude of possible variations exists.

What are the types of cava according to sugar?

The amount of sugar in the expedition liqueur is what makes each bottle of Cava different, in that it adds a touch of personality. Every dosage is a specific formula, and is one of the most closely guarded secrets of winemakers, as it makes their product unique. The dosage is always different, based on the type of sugar (such as cane sugar or enriched must) and on the base wine to which it is added (whether aged in the barrel or not, for example). Another possibility is not adding any sugar, or adding it in different quantities.

According to the DO Cava, the types of cava receive different names depending on the amounts of sugar they contain:

  • Brut Nature: admits up to 3 grams of sugar per liter, it is the sugar naturally present in wine, it is not added. We recommend Segura Viudas Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Lavit Brut Nature or Torre Galimany.
  • Extra Brut: up to 6 grams per litre.
  • Brut: up to 12 grams of sugar per litre. Our brand icon Brut Reserva Heredad.
  • Extra Dry: from 12 to 17 grams per litre.
  • Dry: between 17 and 32 grams per litre.
  • Semi-dry: between 32 and 50 grams per litre.
  • Sweet: more than 50 grams of sugar per litre.

As you have seen, there is a great variety of types of Cavas and all of them are delicious. We encourage you to try them and find your favourite Segura Viudas type of Cava. Cheers!