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GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS CARNEROS
In 1982 the Ferrer family, proprietors of the world's largest producer of sparkling wine, Freixenet S.A. , purchased 250 acres of land in Sonoma 's Carneros wine district where they planted vineyards with the traditional sparkling wine grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1986 their state-of-the-art winery, with Spanish-style architecture and breath taking Vista Terrace, which overlooks the estate vineyards and the rolling Carneros hills opened to the public. The winery was named after the owner's beloved wife. The winery now cultivates 385 acres in Carneros and produces a range of sparkling and still wines. With the expansion of the estate vineyard holdings, Merlot and Syrah have been planted where their affinity with the land is clear. A visit to the winery will reveal the Old World influences of arches, red-tile rooftops, tapestries and antiques. A tour of the facility with it state-of-the-art man-made caves will unlock the secrets of the classic methode champenoise process. Gloria Ferrer is dedicated to the production of wines that reflect the artistry of the winemaker and the marriage of vine to place in the vineyard. Gloria Ferrer's still wines complement the sparkling wines that will always remain the first love of the Ferrer family.