Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
23555 Carneros Hwy
Sonoma, CA  95476

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Visitor Center Open Daily, 10–5

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What to Buy

*T&T Insider Pick! ’14 Brut Rosé
Strawberries, cherry, pomegranate, red apple, citrus zest $50

’15 José S. Ferrer Selection Pinot Noir Reserve Dark
blackberries, cedar, black cherry, spice $55

’06 Carneros Cuvée
Meyer lemon zest, creamy mousse, green apple, black cherry, fresh ginger $80

Special Notes

Scenic view, private tastings and tours, daily guided tours, weddings and receptions, corporate events, local & Spanish foods available, underground caves. 

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Story

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A FAVORITE FIRST stop for a first sip and first bite in Sonoma wine country, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was founded by the Ferrer family of Spain as Sonoma Carneros’ first sparkling wine house. Today, the winery is California’s most awarded sparkling wine house with more than 500 Gold medals and 50 outstanding 90-plus point ratings in the past five years.

But it’s more than wine that attracts guests to this splendid property. The treelined drive leads them to a festive and gracious Spanish-style manor where they are warmly greeted. When guests walk out to the winery’s Vista Terrace overlooking the vineyards and beyond, many are content to stay put and sample the wines, while others have planned ahead and booked more immersive experiences. For example, there’s Bubbles and Bites, a private tour followed by a guided pairing of seasonal bites and wines, and Gloria’s Wine Country Picnic, a private, intimate picnic experience overlooking the vineyard.

Here’s another interesting thing to note: Gloria Ferrer, for whom the winery is named, has a passion for collecting wine glasses. The winery has an amazing display of just some of her glass wine flutes, and there’s even a Glassware Exploration experience that demonstrates how a glass can enhance the flavors of a wine.

 

An interview with Director of Winemaking Steven Urberg

"Our estate here in Sonoma Carneros is the ideal place to grow excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for sparkling wine."  —STEVEN URBERG

As a winemaker for an iconic sparkling wine brand, how often does your background in chemistry come in handy? The traditional (méthode champenoise) process of making sparkling wine is more complicated and chemistry intensive than making still wine, so my chemistry background is helpful there. But more importantly what I’ve found is that my chemistry background contributes a rational approach. This comes in handy when we need to address challenges and solve problems that are part of any winemaking operation.

The Gloria Ferrer winemaking team has a great range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay coming from the estate vineyards. Are there any new projects you and the team are especially excited about these days? We are excited to have just released two new Gloria Ferrer wines: Anniversary Cuvée Brut and NV Brut Rosé. The Anniversary Cuvée Brut is a vintage sparkler with 67 percent Pinot Noir and 33 percent Chardonnay with five-and-a-half years of aging on the yeast. The NV Brut Rosé is a blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay with 25 percent of the base wine saignée of Pinot Noir (there was brief skin contact to extract color and fruit character). Both of these wines are available in national distribution, and they’re getting great reviews.

The winemaking team at Gloria Ferrer is said to have created more award-winning California sparkling wines than any other. Why do you think this is? Our estate here in Sonoma Carneros is the ideal place to grow excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for sparkling wine. We have been farming the estate for 35 years and over that time we continually are learning more about the site and applying that knowledge to fine-tune our vinicultural practices to produce outstanding fruit. This translates into beautiful wines.


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Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: Yes

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: Yes

Exceptional Views: Yes

Club Member Lounge: Yes

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: Yes

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: Yes

Event Facilities: Yes

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Family Owned and Operated: Yes

Wine Cave: Yes

Art/Architectural Interest: Yes

Sustainable Practices: Yes

Events

Videos

Gloria Ferrer - Life Glorified

Gloria Ferrer shows you the glorious side of life!

Gloria & José Ferrer Tell Their Story - 30th Anniversary
Gloria & José Ferrer reminisce on the opening of their glorious Sonoma, California winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.
Gloria Ferrer On Her Flute Collection – 30th Anniversary

This video captures Gloria Ferrer describing each of her favorite glasses in vivid sentiment and detail.

Gloria Ferrer's Ahi Tuna and Cucumber Appetizer

The clean Japanese flavors of “maguro” sushi are brought together in this dazzling appetizer. A sesame-soy marinade lifts the tuna flavors, and the wasabi (horseradish) and pickled ginger give these delectable rollups a real punch.

Gloria Ferrer's Beggars Purses: Mushrooms Baked in Parchment

Elegant enough to serve at a formal dinner, but easy enough to throw on the bbq at the last minute, these savory packets of mushrooms, fresh herbs and cured ham are fragrant and delicious.

Gloria Ferrer's Bibb Lettuce, Avocado and Pistachio Salad

Creamy avocado and fresh citrus are good partners in this elegant, but easy to make salad.

Gloria Ferrer's Lobster Salad Scoops

Another fabulous recipe from Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: canapes made with endive leaves and tender lobster in a creamy, lemony sauce spiked with Dijon mustard. Terrific with a crisp white, like the sparkling Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.

Gloria Ferrer's Fried Lobster and Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Grand-Prize Winner of the 1st Annual Glorious Bites Challenge, Donna Wolfe, shares her winning appetizer recipe. It is creative, delicious, and an excellent pair with Sonoma Brut.

Gloria Ferrer's Glorious Lobster Tempura Grapefruit Salad Bowl

This lobster grapefruit salad bowl is glorious due to its refreshing tangy and miso vinaigrette taste. The crunchy element of the tempura battered lobster and the crunchy salad provide a unique and likable factor to this dish

Gloria Ferrer's Mache and Poached Pear Salad with Verjus Vinegarette

Honey Poached Pears are sweet and soft; they pair well with the mellow zing of Dijon mustard and crunchy hazelnuts. The salad looks as good on the plate as it tastes!

Gloria Ferrer's Marinated Olives

This classic tapas recipe is easy to prepare and delicious at a variety of occasions.

Gloria Ferrer's Miso-Maple Glazed Cod Wonton-Cho’s with Crispy Bok Choy Slaw

As a 2016 Glorious Bites Winner, Chef Chera Little's dish offers up a flavor that spans from Spicy Sriracha to Sweet Maple Syrup.

Gloria Ferrer's Sea Bass with Mushrooms

Sometimes simple is the best! A touch of cream dresses up a mushroom sauce that pairs nicely with rice pilaf and a glass of Chardonnay.

Gloria Ferrer's Seared Scallops & Wild Mushroom Risotto with Sparkling Wine Reduction

Sparkling wine it is so food-friendly, it’s also ideal for pairing with almost any meal. It also makes a lovely reduction sauce for seared scallops and mushroom risotto.

Gloria Ferrer's Silky Textured Chicken Soup with Mini Meatballs

This delicious recipe is from the table of Dolores Ferrer, better known as Tía Lola, the beloved aunt/sister to all the Ferrer family members. Her chicken soup recipe is a favorite among the family members and Freixenet workers who frequent her table.
 

Gloria Ferrer's Sizzling Garlic Shrimp

Sop up the garlicky cooking oil with chewy bread and enjoy fragrant, tender shrimp. This easy-to-prepare recipe is table ready in just 10 minutes.

Gloria Ferrer's Soy Glazed Salmon and Mashed Potatoes

Marinate salmon in  ginger, soy sauce, orange juice, green onion and sesame oil, then reduce the marinade for a thick glaze to coat the tender baked salmon. An easy recipe that pairs wonderfully with Pinot Noir.

Gloria Ferrer's Spicy Asian Mini Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are always a winner at any given party. These crab cakes are also fantastic as you can make the batch a day or two in advance and freeze them in an airtight container. 

Oysters with Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs Mignonette

Finely diced shallot and chives lend a delicate crunch to oysters and give a slight kick to the fresh sea taste of oysters. An elegant appetizer paired with Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard sparkling wine.