Sommelier Journal Winery Spotlight: Heredad Segura Viudas

Sommelier Journal Winery Spotlight

While Champagne precedes its reputation for quality, the much-admired bubbly often carries extravagant pricing, making sparklers from other grape growing regions more appealing for value-conscious consumers. In Penedès, quality is king and many of the bodegas prove they have the goods to deliver delectable sparklers at a fraction of the cost of good Champagne—and they do it with passion, love, and dedication.

One such producer is Segura Viudas. Rich in history, the bodega began its journey as a Catalan masía (country house) built by the Bishop of Sant Cugat del Vallès in the 11th century.  The armed forces converted it to an outpost but its masía roots regained footing after the tower lost its military importance in the 13th century.  Six centuries later, the winemaking property took root in 1959, branding the Segura Viudas name with solidifying marketing efforts emerging a decade later. In the early 80’s, the Ferrer family of Barcelona, the world’s largest producer of sparkling wine, purchased Segura Viudas.  Since then, the estate retains its competitive edge, producing quality sparklers at reasonable prices….

Continue reading Winery Spotlight: Heredad Segura Viudas, Torrelavit, Spain, which includes a list of Cava recommendations on You may also download a copy in .pdf format.

And if you are looking for additional Cava recommendations, try these: NV Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad, Penedes, Spain, NV Gran Pasión Cava Brut Reserva Spain, or the NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, Penedes, Spain

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About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Jennie January 29, 2013 at 7:06 PM - Reply

    Hello there, You have done a great job. I抣l definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends!!

  2. Agentii February 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    I hope your article goes viral. More consumers need to know about the wonderful and inexpensive libation, Cava!

    • Pamela Heiligenthal February 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM - Reply

      Thank you Agentii, I would love the viral part! More consumers should know that Cava is a tasty sparkler at a fraction of the cost of a good Champagne! Cheers.

  3. Gerald Jennings February 10, 2013 at 1:54 AM - Reply

    Outstanding post and agreed, I think Cava is overlooked on restaurant lists.

    • Pamela Heiligenthal February 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM - Reply

      Occasionally I will see a cava or two on a list, but I think many restaurants need more balance between inexpensive vs expensive bottle choices with sparklers. I love to see a good selection of Champagne (especially grower Champagne) but Cava will fit the bill for many consumers that don’t want to spend that kind of $$$ while dinning out!

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