Spanish sparkling wine empire with headquarters in the city of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the DO area Penedès
(Catalonia). The company is still ahead of its big competitor Codorníu
with over 100 million bottles a year, the largest producer of Cava
, It was founded in 1889 by Pedro Ferrer Bosch and today comprises about 420 hectares of vineyards. The name Freixenet was given to the estate "La Freixeneda" (Eschenhain) in Medonia-Penedès, which has been owned by the family since the 13th century. The giant company includes the wineries René Barbier, Castellblanch and Segura Viudas
(all Penedès), Gloria Ferrer (California), the Champagne House Henri Abelé (Reims), a sparkling wine cellar in Mexico (50 ha) and a 1980s-built winery in Yan Tai on the east coast of China. The standard cavas are Carta Nevada and (in black bottles) Cordón Negro. The top product is the Reserva Real, pressed only in the best vintages. It is blended from Xarel-Lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and a barrel of premium aged wine matured in oak barrels and named after a visit by the Spanish Majesties in 1987, to which it was first served. In 1996, a cava from Monastrell (red) and Xarel-Lo (white) came on the market. It also produces still wines.