Eva Bertran, vice president of marketing at Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, knows that the company’s win for Best Sparkling Wine didn’t come from one aspect alone. “Our vineyard and winery teams have three decades of experience grafting, farming, studying and blending Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros,” Bertran says. “This depth of knowledge, combined with more than 30 years of vineyard maturity, is why Gloria’s wines are keenly better than ever. Our team will always remain steadfast in our commitment to quality and providing the best wines possible.” And of course, much is due to loyal customers.
While the North Bay is an area that’s perhaps best known for wine, Bertran doesn’t underestimate the staff’s passion for its work in helping them stand out. “Although it’s the most overused word in the wine business, I think there’s something about having a passion, a continual restlessness to make superb wines that bring people together,” she says. Wine is serious business at Gloria Ferrer “We’re sustainable certified. We consider ourselves stewards of the land, and always look for ways to have the least amount of impact. But what we are most proud of is the long tenure among our employees.”
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, Bertran explains, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the breezy, now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County. Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir. The Ferrers, winegrowers since the 1500s, and the owners of La Freixeneda—an 11th century farming estate outside of Barcelona—were already well-established sparkling wine producers in Catalonia. The family began Gloria Ferrer with an eager eye for opportunity, continuity and long-term sustainability—as a business and as caretakers of superb Sonoma vineyard land for generations to come.
“We’re extremely excited to announce that we will be launching a new sparkling wine in May—Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose, NV,” adds Bertran. “We also try to do a variety of events throughout the year. On July 8 we’ll have our inaugural Fiesta de la Paella, celebrating our roots. And on October 14, we’ll have our third annual Glorious Bite Challenge. It’s a fun event for those that love food and live competitions.”
After 30 years, Bertran has many special memories of her work: the First Crush in summer 1986, the first release of Royal Cuvee in honor of the visit of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in 1987, the first release of the amazing Carneros Cuvee in 2005; and producing the first bottles of Chardonnay and still wine in 1991.
She acknowledges that working in Sonoma is special on its own. “We must have one of the best drives to work, and that sets the tone for the day,” she says. “Gloria Ferrer has a close-knit, family feeling, since many of us have been here for so long. We always have good laughs together. And being associated with a great wine, doesn’t hurt either!”
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