For many Catalan winemakers, the DO Catalunya is one of their best weapons for marketing their wines to the international market, since the image of their wine is significantly enhanced by a ‘Denominación de Origen’, which can certify a wines origin and quality. One of the initial positive effects is the fact that great wines are associated with a larger geographic area within the peninsula, in the same way as the Bordeaux region in France. For many producers, the DO Catalunya is a clear sign of the regions commitment towards a model of quality. This is especially beneficial for Catalan wines that previously did not come under another ‘Denominación de Origen’.
The origins of the company date back to the sixteenth century, when the family Codorniu (through Jaume Codorniu) held several presses and barrels. In 1659 the marriage occurs between Anna Codorniu, the last person in the family to bear the name, and Miquel Raventos, whose surname became part of the heirs of grupo.Al like other companies, with the drop in wine production the nineteenth century reoriented their production Codorniu cava. In 1872 Josep Raventos i Fatjó, after a trip to Champagne, begins producing the first bottles of champagne through a traditional method. At the end of the century is projected the construction of the new winery Codorniu (completed in 1915 designed by Puig i Cadafalch), begin exports to other countries such as Cuba and Argentina, and in 1897 gets to be one of the providers of the Royal House Spanish. In 1976 his winery was recognized as a National Historic-Artistic Monument. During the twentieth century the company managed to emerge as one of the leading brands of sparkling Spanish state.