Spanish sparkling wine empire headquartered in the town of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the DO area Penedès
(Catalonia). The company is ahead of its big competitor Codorníu
with over 100 million bottles a year, the largest producer of Cava
, It was founded by Pedro Ferrer Bosch in 1889 and today covers around 420 hectares of vineyards. It received the name Freixenet after the estate "La Freixeneda" (ash grove) 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 Henri Abelé (Reims) champagne house, a sparkling wine winery in Mexico (50 hectares) and a winery in Yan Tai on the Chinese east coast that was built in the 1980s. The standard cavas are Carta Nevada and (in black bottles) Cordón Negro. The top product is Reserva Real, which is only made in the best vintages. It is blended from the varieties Xarel-Lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Chardonnay and a top vintage wine matured in oak barrels and got its name on the occasion of a visit by the Spanish majesties in 1987, to whom it was first credited. In 1996, a cava made from Monastrell (red) and Xarel-Lo (white) came onto the market. Still wines are also produced.