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For more than 20 years, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards—the first sparkling wine house in the Sonoma Carneros region—has invited visitors to discover cool-climate wines served with warm Spanish hospitality.
Owned by the Ferrer family, whose wine experience is rooted in 19th century Spain, our winery is a vibrant blend of Catalan and California mission design. We cultivate fruit for our premium quality sparkling and still wines in our 335 acres of estate vineyards distinguished by warm days, cool nights, summer fog and a long growing season that coaxes grapes to maturity slowly and consistently, with balanced sugar and acidity. Our Vineyard Manager Mike Crumly and Winemaker Bob Iantosca, both of whom have worked for Gloria Ferrer from its inception, have devoted more than two decades to identifying the diverse soil types, microclimates and specific needs of every vine in their care.
In 1991, inspired by the quality and character of our estate fruit, we began crafting still wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In subsequent years, our winegrowing team meticulously matched dozens of clones to the diverse growing conditions in our estate vineyards with their sights on the highest quality grapes with more intense flavors and characteristics. As pioneers of sparkling wine-based clonal research, we have studied more than 40 different clones to date. Today, this longtime and dynamic relationship of discovery with the land is revealed in balanced wines of earth and opulence.
Gloria Ferrer is located in the picturesque Sonoma Carneros region, 40 miles northwest of San Francisco.
Made exclusively from the first press of hand-picked Carneros grapes, the wine was created originally to honor and welcome King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain on their first visit to Northern California. This vintage,(another gold medal winning release), has become the favorite of wine critics and sparkling wine lovers alike with its enticing aromas of fresh fruit that persist throughout a long, elegant finish.
This brut exhibits a lively, yet delicate pear-like bouquet that sets it apart from other sparkling wines. The fresh fruit flavors are backed by a subtle and developing toastiness. In sipping the wine, the effervescence gives way to a creamy roundness, classic in a predominantly Pinot Noir blend. Sonoma Brut was the winery's maiden wine first released in 1985.
Rich in bright strawberry, raspberry and black cherry flavors, a nice touch of spice and a warm, mouth-filling finish, our award-winning Blanc de Noirs takes excellent advantage of the Pinot Noir fruit. Its light pink hue and lush fruitiness are the result of a special pressing technique that extracts an extra measure of color and character from grapes harvested by hand from our estate vineyards.
The grapes for this vintage were hand-harvested from ten different blocks of our 335 acre Carneros estate during the last week of September and early October. The wine was fermented in 60 gallon French oak barrels and then aged "sur lie" for seven months. This Chardonnay is rich and structured with a bouquet of citrus, apples, and pears.
Seven pinot noir clones were combined to add complexity and variation to our Pinot Noir. Shortly before harvest, the vines were thinned of excess fruit leaving only the sweetest and most mature grapes. The grapes were hand harvested and aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. The wine shows classic pinot noir nose and flavor highlights of cherry and berry fruit with hints of smoke, bacon and earth. The finish is exceptionally smooth and silky.