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A Proud Family History

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    16th Century - The Gloria Ferrer story dates back to Spain over 600 years ago, where the Ferrer family was a well-established winegrowing family.

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    Early 20th Century - The marriage of Pedro Ferrer and Dolores Sala united two prominent Spanish wine families.

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    1914 - The first cava released by Pedro and Dolores launches Freixenet on its way to becoming the world’s largest maker of méthode champenoise wines.

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    1930’s - His wife and three daughters take over the winery when Pedro, after visiting the U.S. to open a winery, loses his life in the Spanish Civil War.

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    1982 - Pedro’s son José fulfills his father’s American dream, purchasing 250 acres in the heart of Carneros and naming it for his beloved wife.

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    1986 - Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards opens in a beautiful winery inspired by a classic Catalan farmhouse, or masia.

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    Beyond - Having built the first sparkling wine house in Carneros, Gloria Ferrer continues to pioneer the viticulture development of the region.

A Carneros
Pinot Noir Pioneer

Back in the early 80’s there were only a handful of winegrowers planting Pinot Noir in Carneros. And yet, the Ferrer Family knew the key to a world-class méthode champenoise wine would be Pinot Noir.

The Gloria Ferrer winemaking team’s quest for perfection takes them to Champagne where they manage to acquire Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones.

Gloria Ferrer is not only the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros, but also the first to plant Champagne clones and the first to plant in Carneros.

Almost thirty years later, with 335 acres under vine, the estate vineyards at Gloria Ferrer produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that rival some of the world’s finest.

Many of the same people that planted the first vineyards at Gloria Ferrer are still intricately involved in the process of vineyard management, care and harvesting.

When you have hand-farmed an estate for over 25 years, you come to know every block, row and vine.

To this day the team at Gloria Ferrer remains committed to a single purpose – to isolate and enhance each and every distinctive flavor coaxed so carefully from the estate vineyards.

A Masterful
Vineyard Crew

A Fascination with
the Art of Blending

Great sparkling wines are all about the Cuvée.

At Gloria Ferrer, the range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that comes from the estate vineyards give the winemaking team a remarkable palette for blending.

There are no shortcuts in the méthode champenoise process, so the wines of Gloria Ferrer are given the extra care and time required.

It’s a difference you can see in the tiny bubble trails, taste in the montage of flavors and feel in the luscious texture and silky mouth feel and finish.

The wines of Gloria Ferrer, while always well received, particularly by the critics, have continued to improve over 25 growing seasons.

The family legacy of uncompromising quality is passed down through generations.

The Pinot Pedigree born of decades nurturing our Sonoma Carneros Estate vineyards.

The patience-testing méthode champenoise process of aging and blending is paramount.

It’s all coming together in the perfect blend of savor and celebrate.

A Coming
of Age