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Freixenet is one of the most renowned and largest cava houses in Spain, similar in quality, size and importance to France's Moet & Chandon. Cava is the Spanish sparkling wine equivalent to France's Champagne. The Freixenet cava business started in 1914 by Pere Ferrer Bosch, the son of "La Freixenada", the family estate located in the Alt Penedès region since the 13th century. Right from the start, the family decided to produce only cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France) for centuries.
In 1941, Freixenet launched what in time would become one of its leading products, the cava Carta Nevada and in 1974 the cava Cordon Negro.
The most oft-popped corks in the world say "Freixenet" and it all began with a wedding. Through the marriage of Dolores Sala Vivé of Casa Sala and Pedro Ferrer Bosch of La Freixenada, two winemaking families merged to lay the groundwork for this famous cava house in the early twentieth century.
By the 1920s, the family's flagship sparkling wines were experiencing great success domestically and internationally as Spain’s cava industry got off the ground. Business was booming until the start of Spain’s Civil War, during which time the family suffered the loss of both patriarch Pedro Ferrer and his oldest son. With great determination the widowed Dolores Sala Vivé took over Freixenet in order to provide for her four young children.
As Dolores used her enological prowess to nurture the fledgling company, her children grew with it, working in the family business while living in a small apartment above the winery. In 1978, her oldest living son, José Ferrer, became CEO. A sharp, savvy marketer, José's direction took the company to new heights. Now semi-retired, José’s son Pedro, a fourth generation Ferrer, runs the multinational operation. Under his guidance, the Freixenet company continues to expand by purchasing wine estates in some of the world’s most prominent appellations.