THE ORIGINS OF CAN PARELLADA, WHERE THE FAMILY HOME AND CAVAS NAVERAN ARE LOCATED, GO BACK TO THE 11TH CENTURY, AS WITNESSED BY THE ROMANESQUE CHAPEL THAT STILL EXISTS ON THE ESTATE.
In the mid 19th century, Pablo Parellada emigrated to Argentina to make his fortune. Upon his return to Spain, he married the daughter of the Marquis of Naveran, Sire of Guernika, and bought the estate upon which the family would settle. Once the phylloxera epidemic was over, Pablo replanted the estate with vines of the Montonec variety—currently known as the Parellada variety, in his honor— which in time would become essential to the production of cava.
Upon his death, he left the property to his eldest son, Pablo Parellada of Naveran, who in turn left it to his daughter Antonia, married to the Swiss national René Gillieron, who in 1975, together with their son Michel, decided to significantly increase vineyard production.
Thus, Cavas Naveran was founded in 1984 by its current managing director, Michel Gillieron Parellada of Naveran, a graduate in Enology from the École d’Ingénieurs de Changins in Switzerland. He decided to give momentum to a project with deep roots in the land of his ancestors, while maintaining the handcrafted and familiar character the winery has always had.