Freixenet

A history of EXCELLENCE

For more than 150 years, our family has dedicated itself to the art of wine making. This expertise lives inside every bottle we produce. True to our roots, Freixenet is still driven to making the best possible wines with passion and committed to helping everyone around the world celebrate every moment!

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1861

Beginning of the family business Casa Sala, predecessor of Freixenet, founded by Francesc Sala Farrés and subsequently helmed by his son Joan.
Freixenet 1861

1911

The heiress of Casa Sala, Dolores Sala Vivé, marries the youngest son of the Ferrer de la Freixeneda family, Pedro Ferrer Bosch, whose nickname is 'el Freixenet'.
The couple, along with Joan Sala, begin to produce sparkling wine following the traditional method, which is similar to that of Champagne.
Freixenet 1911

1914

Launch on the market of the first bottle of sparkling wine under the Freixenet brand, which will end up becoming the brand of both the company and the group.
Enormous development of the new family business, thanks to the duo of Dolores, who is an oenologist and administrator, and Pedro, who is an innovative businessman and an extraordinary salesman.
Freixenet 1914

1927

Freixenet builds a modern cellar near the train station of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia.
Designed by the prestigious modernist architect Josep Ros i Ros, it is considered one of his most important works.
Freixenet 1927

1929

In celebration of the Universal Exposition, the company creates the “Freixenet Boy”, which soon becomes a brand icon.
In the mid-1920s, Freixenet was already a recognized company that competed with the main Penedès brands. At the end of the decade, Freixenet cava began to be exported.
Freixenet 1929

1936

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Freixenet is already the second "champagne".
The war causes the collectivization of Freixenet and the death of Pedro Ferrer and his eldest son, Joan Ferrer Sala, leaving the family without company, without the head and without the ‘first heir’.
Freixenet 1936

1939

In the wake of the Spanish Civil War, the company is returned to the family. It is Dolores Sala and the eldest of their four children, Pilar Ferrer, who take charge of reinstating the company's activi
Freixenet 1939

1959

José Ferrer joins the management of Freixenet after completing his studies in winemaking and marketing, to begin the modernization of Freixenet.
This manifests both in production, with greater mechanization and expansion of the cellar, and with a more dynamic commercial vision, which includes the first attempts to internationalize the brand.
Freixenet 1959

1965

José Luis Bonet joins the company as Commercial Director. Together with his uncle José Ferrer they form an invincible duo.
Both design an extraordinary marketing plan: creation and launch of iconic products such as Carta Nevada and Cordón Negro, vital for the expansion of Freixenet.
Freixenet 1965

1967

Launch of the iconic Carta Nevada on TV for the first time. The bottle would end up giving the brand identity and success that will drive the business to really take off.
Freixenet 1967

1972

Birth of the “Freixenet Bubble”.
Freixenet 1972

1974

Launch of Cordón Negro, the brand's most internationally famous bottle, which is present in more than 140 countries.
With the Freixenet brand fully consolidated in the Spanish market, Freixenet firmly banks on the international project, which is completely helmed by José Ferrer Sala.
Freixenet 1974

1979

Launch of the first Cuvée de Prestige, D.S., in honour of the Freixenet cofounder Dolors Sala. It is the first creation of an exclusive 9-Cuvée collection completed through the years.
Reserva Real (1989), Malvasia (1991), Monsatrell Xarel·lo (1996), Elyssia Gran Cuvée and Elyssia Pinot Noir (1997), Trepat (1998), Can Sala (2004) and Garnatxa Subirat Parent (2015).
Freixenet 1979

1985

Freixenet is consolidated as a leader of the Cava sector, thanks to its worldwide success.
Freixenet 1985

1992

Freixenet sponsors the unforgettable Olympic Games of Barcelona.
Freixenet 1992

1997

Cordón Negro by Freixenet, the first sparkling wine in space.
Astronaut Helena Kondakova was the first person in history to toast in the weightlessness of space as a crew member of the Mir Space Station.
Freixenet 1997

2007

The prestigious film director Martin Scorsese directs the Freixenet Christmas advertisement.
Martin Scorsese, who is widely considered to be the best director of all times, draws inspiration from Hitchcock to create an unrepeatable suspense short starring Simon Baker and Kelli O’Hara.
Freixenet 2007

2014

Freixenet celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Freixenet 2014

2015

Birth of the latest Cuvée de Prestige, Garnatxa Subirat Parent. The firm's first Blanc de Noirs cava, this product is made with Grenache, combined with the white grape varietal Subirat Parent.
This product completes the Cuvées de Prestige collection, where each and every product is made with the authorised grape varietals of the Cava Regulatory Council.
Freixenet 2015

2016

Freixenet keeps innovating and launches the ICE range composed by Freixenet ICE and Freixenet ICE Rosé, the new way to sip an extra refreshing glass of cava.
A special cava created as a mixer to serve in a large wine glass with ice and the liqueurs and fruit of your choice.
Freixenet 2016

2017

Can Sala, elaborated in the historic cellar of the Ferrer Sala family, is one of the first twelve Cavas de Paraje Calificado approved by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture.
This new superior category, promoted by the Cava Regulatory Council, includes only singular cavas produced in a smaller area within the Cava Designation of Origin qualified for its outstanding conditions.
Freixenet 2017

2018

Henkell and Freixenet join forces to form world’s leading sparkling wine group.
Freixenet 2018

2019

Launch of Freixenet Prosecco and Italian Rosé, two new sparkling wines that combine superior quality and spectacular beauty into one bottle.
Freixenet 2019
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