Freixenet in San Sadurni d'Anoia (Spain) is not only the strongest and the oldest company of our group, but also our founder. The history and development of Freixenet has run parallel to those of the Cava industry, the current importance and international projection of which has become outstanding. Freixenet, as a traditional Cava producer is also a highly regarded by consumers as a producer of quality still wine.
Francesc Sala i Ferrer founded the house "Casa Sala", the first wine exporting brand in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia since 1861. His son Joan Sala i Tubella took the business and it was after the wedding of his daughter Dolors Sala i Vive with Pere Ferrer i Bosch that the Cava business started, in 1914.
Pere Ferrer Bosch was the son of to the owner "La Freixeneda", the family estate located in the Alt Penedes region since the XIIIth century. The business was growing and as the first labels with the name Freixenet Casa Sala began to appear. Right from the start they decided to produce only Cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in Champagne (France) for a couple of centuries. The cellars were set up in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia (Catalonia, Spain), a town situated in the heart of the Penedes region, just outside Barcelona.
This region was already well-known from the era of the Roman Empire, for the quality of the wines produced there. In the 1920's and 1930's, the energy of the founders and their confidence in the quality of their products had achieved fame for the company.
The family company eventually moved into foreign markets. The first place was in the United States (New Jersey) in 1935. Hawever Spanish Civil War and the Second World War afterwards, slowed the company's development there. In spite of everything, in 1941, it launched what in time would become one of its leading products, the Cava Carta Nevada and in 1974 the Cava Cordon Negro, leader in exports. In the 1970's, Freixenet was already established brand with a clear call to expand internationally.
In the early 1970's, with the Freixenet brand firmly established in the Spanish market, they doubled their efforts reach international markets.
There began an expansion program which still has not finished. Today, Freixenet Group is the leader in the international wine market with sparkling wine produced in the Traditional Method.
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