Who We Are
The Ferrer Family
The roots of Freixenet run deep, entwined in the Penedès region of northeast Spain and in the history of two of its most prominent wine families.
In the early part of the twentieth century, the youngest son of the Ferrer family, Pedro, married the only daughter of the Sala family, Dolores, forever uniting two respected wine lineages. Seeing a unique opportunity in sparkling wines, which were not common in Spain at that time, Pedro and Dolores released their first cava in 1914 under the Freixenet label.
Almost 20 years later Pedro would lose his life in the Spanish Civil War, leaving his wife to run the winery. Dolores continued to build the business during the tough post-war era until mid-century, when her youngest son Jose Ferrer took the reins of the family business with the goal of realizing his parent’s dream of introducing Freixenet to the world.
A century since Freixenet released its first cava in 1914 the company remains 100% family owned, with the fourth generation now entering the business.
Freixenet, derived from “La Freixeneda”, the name of the family’s estate, is known for its dynamic and innovative strategies as well as its early international orientation, which has impelled the company along a remarkably successful export path. Freixenet is one of the ten largest wine companies in the world and the number one world producer of sparkling wines made using the traditional méthode champenoise process. Under the leadership of third generation, the company has established itself as an important quality wine producer that can offer more than bubbly and now has 18 wineries on in 7 countries and 4 continents.
Each individual winery, from highly esteemed appellations, were hand-selected and is allowed to operate as virtually independent agents and produce wines that retain their regional typicity staying loyal to their terroir. These appellations include Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Rioja, Rias Baixas, Montsant, Penedes, Tierra de Castilla, and Catalunya in Spain; Carneros, California, Coonawarra and NW Victoria, Australia; Champagne, Bordeaux and Mendoza, Argentina.
Freixenet USA, based in Sonoma, California, is the USA subsidiary of the Freixenet Group of Spain. Our brands portfolio includes Freixenet, Segura Viudas, René Barbier, Mia, Vaza, Morlanda, Mas de Subira, Vionta, Valdubon, all from Spain; Gloria Ferrer from California; VOVETI Prosecco from Italy; Katnook Estate and Deakin Estate from Australia.