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."