The search began on the East Coast in the 1930s where Josť's father, Pedro, had an import company in New Jersey. But the Spanish Civil War came and the dream was delayed. Finally, in the 1980s, Josť took up the search. He found that back East wasn't the best place to grow grapes. He looked to California, where the climate is more Mediterranean.
He visited the wineries that were already here and made friends. He gathered a lot of information and finally found this placeó a cow pasture.

A young bull charged Josť and his son as they set foot on the property.
This was in the early 1980s, before the Carneros had become famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. But even then, Josť knew he had found it, the place he had been searching for.
His would be the first sparkling winery established in the Carneros and the first that visitors coming from San Francisco would see upon entering the wine country. He also wanted to build a winery that would remind him of his home in Catalonia, Spain. That's why we have red tiles on our roof, thick walls the color of the Spanish plains and the same hacienda-style archways one finds in every town and village in Spain.
He named the wine and winery as a tribute to his wife.
In the Ferrer family, women have always played an important role. Josť's mother, Dolores, ran their winery in Spain for many years after her husband was killed in the Spanish Civil War. It's no surprise that Josť named this winery for Gloria."

Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves / 23555 State Highway 121 / Sonoma,CA  95476 / 707-996-7256

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