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“An enjoyable surprise”
Review of Freixenet

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In 1861 Francesc Sala Ferres founded Casa Sala, the first wine-exporting company in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. His son, Joan Sala Tubella, carried the business forward and after the wedding of Joan’s daughter Dolors Sala Vive to Pere Ferrer Bosch, the company entered the cava business. Pere Ferrer Bosch came from the family that owned La Freixeneda, a family estate in existence since the 13th Century and located in the Alt Penedes region. The business grew and the first labels for Freixenet Casa Sala cava appeared. From the beginning it was decided to concentrate exclusively on the production of cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in the Champagne region (France) since the XVIIIth century. They built their cellars in the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in Catalonia, Spain. The town is located in the heart of the Penedes, a region famous since Roman times for the quality of the wine produced there. In the 1920s and 1930s the company gained recognition thanks to the drive of its founders and the guaranteed quality of its products. It was at this time that the company started to export its products and it opened its first United States office in New Jersey in 1935. Unfortunately, the development of the company was held back first by the Spanish Civil War and then by the Second World War. Nevertheless, in 1941 the company launched what would in time become one of its star products—Freixenet Carta Nevada cava. In 1974 its leading export brand, Freixenet Cordon Negro cava, was launched, present in more than 140 countries. By the beginning of the 1970s Freixenet was well established in the Spanish market as a strong brand with a clear vocation to expand on the international stage. The constant efforts made by the company since then have led to continuous expansion in world markets and made the Freixenet Group in the mid 80’s the world leader in sparkling wines produced by the traditional method. At this time, the company decides to build cellars abroad, such is the case of Gloria Ferrer in California, Wingara in Australia and many more, and also in Spain, in other wine areas of great reputation such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Montsant, ... Nowadays Freixenet Group keeps being a 100% family-owned company with 18 cellars in 7 countries in 3 continents.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We only ended up on the tour because of bad weather but it was a real highlight of the holiday. Our kids were included in the discussions and felt happy to ask questions because the guide was so welcoming and funny. The information given was succinct and interesting and it was an eye opener to see the industrial scale of production here. The little train journey was cheesy but great fun and it was a treat to be able to get tapas on site to accompany the cava tasting. You need to book in advance but you'll come away knowing how to pronounce the name!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Basically perfect, I even did the tour twice already! Once in Spanish and once in English, both tour guides were very friendly and explained everything in a very interesting way. They also had a great sense of humor. It is really worth visiting this winery, as the tour is suprisingly interesting and staff is very friendly and helpfull. The building is beautiful and the history of Freixenet was explained into detail.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

1 hr train ride from calella then 40 mins from placa de cataluna terminal on R4 to Sant Sadurni.Really is around 100 metres to freixenet.Good tour.Staff excellent.4.90 euros Barcelona-sant sadurni yet still only 4.90 from calella-sant sadurni.I would say similar from other places so best to book as one journey(cheaper)

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

This tour surprised me it was overall excellent from the arrival from by Catalunya Turistic Bus.
The guide at the winery was great and spoke excellent english and had a great sense of humor he explained the process ,history Freixenet Winnery to great detail.We took the trolley through the mazes of tunnels had a great cava tasting with Tapas ( tomato bread bread,chorizo,cheese, jamon.

Thank Luis2022
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Great tour . Took train from Barcelona Sants station to Sant Sadurni D'Anoia 8 euros return. Walked across the street from station and joined tour for 6 Euro. It was not busy but I think reservations might be a good idea. Beautiful courtyard and lobby. Cool lamps made of wine bottles. Front staff not very friendly. My only complaint is with them. Guide was great.very relaxed and knowledgeable. Lots of stairs and a fair bit of walking. Tastings were quite nice.we took a taxi after to the simon coll chocolate factory.

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