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Exports of cava soared from just 10 million bottles in 1980 to 154.7 million bottles in 2014, the sixth consecutive year that foreign sales of the drink exceeded those of French Champagne.But of all the bottles exported last year, only 8 million were high-end reserve cavas that producers now want to develop.Guilera only produces high-end cavas – some 30,000 bottles annually of which 20 percent are exported – at a small family-owned winery housed in an old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards near the town of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.Winegrowers want to reposition cava, whose name is derived for the Catalan word for cellar, by building on the strength gained during Spain's economic downturn.With the domestic market stagnant producers focused on boosting sales abroad and in 2012 they exported a record 161 million bottles.
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