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Address: Joan Sala, 2, 08770 Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 938 91 70 00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In 1861 Francesc Sala Ferres founded Casa Sala, the first wine-exporting...

In 1861 Francesc Sala Ferres founded Casa Sala, the first wine-exporting company in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. His son, Joan Sala Tubella, carried the business forward and after the wedding of Joan’s daughter Dolors Sala Vive to Pere Ferrer Bosch, the company entered the cava business. Pere Ferrer Bosch came from the family that owned La Freixeneda, a family estate in existence since the 13th Century and located in the Alt Penedes region. The business grew and the first labels for Freixenet Casa Sala cava appeared. From the beginning it was decided to concentrate exclusively on the production of cava, a natural sparkling wine, following the method used in the Champagne region (France) since the XVIIIth century. They built their cellars in the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in Catalonia, Spain. The town is located in the heart of the Penedes, a region famous since Roman times for the quality of the wine produced there.

In the 1920s and 1930s the company gained recognition thanks to the drive of its founders and the guaranteed quality of its products. It was at this time that the company started to export its products and it opened its first United States office in New Jersey in 1935.

Unfortunately, the development of the company was held back first by the Spanish Civil War and then by the Second World War. Nevertheless, in 1941 the company launched what would in time become one of its star products—Freixenet Carta Nevada cava. In 1974 its leading export brand, Freixenet Cordon Negro cava, was launched, present in more than 140 countries.

By the beginning of the 1970s Freixenet was well established in the Spanish market as a strong brand with a clear vocation to expand on the international stage. The constant efforts made by the company since then have led to continuous expansion in world markets and made the Freixenet Group in the mid 80’s the world leader in sparkling wines produced by the traditional method.

At this time, the company decides to build cellars abroad, such is the case of Gloria Ferrer in California, Wingara in Australia and many more, and also in Spain, in other wine areas of great reputation such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Montsant, ...

Nowadays Freixenet Group keeps being a 100% family-owned company with 18 cellars in 7 countries in 3 continents.

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We had a very nice tour of this facility, which is the largest cava producer in spain I believe. Good explanation of the process and a nice tasting room. We went with Julia... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dee M
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came for a visit on Good Friday. You can get a return train ticket plus the tour for only 12 Euros per person from any of the Renfe machines in Barcelona (press combination ticket). No assigned seats, and you don't have to specify your return time in advance. Tour was ok- lots of people (I counted 30), including about 8... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very nice tour of this facility, which is the largest cava producer in spain I believe. Good explanation of the process and a nice tasting room. We went with Julia tours so it was all included. Might not be hard to find with a rental car but too far for a cab. There is a train station... More 

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Leonia, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big place. People who work here seemed less than genuinely friendly, a little dismissive/cavalier. Not much of a tasting room. Much more enjoyable places all over the neighborhood.

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super easy to get to, across the street from the train station. This is a giant building, but they don't do most of their production here anymore. The tour goes mainly through an exhibition/museum area and not the normal production area. The guide was great and they do a very good job on the company history and is an overview... More 

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Strand, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plan, go, enjoy! Once one understands the train system with the aid of helpful Spanish at each station and the prompt booking reply from the office at Freixenet I was set. Train ticket in hand from Sitges with an easy change at St Vincenc de Calders (6.80 Euro) I was way ahead of my set appointment and had enough time... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After have done some disapointing wine tours in Italy (Tuscany!), I decided to give Cava a change! And it was a great decision! The tour was very good and with a good value (about 8 euros)! It took almost 2 hours, they explained all about the origin of Freixenet and the production of Cavas. The guide tour was very nice... More 

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Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

I requested a reservation the night before. I got a confirmation email saying to come at 12:30. The website didn't have any info on when tours were, and I made an incorrect assumption that there would be more later in the day on Sunday after 12;30. It turns out that was the last one. We took the wrong train, got... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

It's like a Disneyland for wine lovers ... so much history, technology and work behind those walls ... a must go

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Reviewed March 3, 2017

Loved this tour! Bought our tickets online and studied the train maps in advance. We took the R4 train (zone 4) (4,10euros) from Placa Catalunya to the Sant Sadurni d'Anoia stop. It's a little difficult to find the R4. We had to come out of the train to the street and go back down through a different entrance. It's a... More 

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Reviewed March 1, 2017

The tour was informative but a bit too long. However, if you have been on a champagne/sparkling wine tour in France or California nothing will be a revelation on this tour. They had too many people on the tour to comfortably fit in the tram that ends the underground tour. Also, a couple of people on the tour who were... More 

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