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Gloria Ferrer Champange

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is the home of and wine producing regions such as Santa Barbara and Northern California's Wine Country.
In 1982 the Ferrer family, proprietors of the world’s largest producer of sparkling wine, Freixenet U.S.A., purchased 250 acres of land in Sonoma’s Carneros wine district where they planted vineyards with the traditional sparkling wine grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery now cultivates 385 acres in Carneros and produces a range of sparkling and still wines.

Circle Bar Ranch planted in 1997 and 1998, the 128-acre Circle Bar Ranch. It is home to their most dynamic red wine plantings. The vineyard elevation ranges from 50 to 280 feet and is comprised of 13 different blocks. The steep southern section of the ranch is devoted to Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay. The northern section is a rolling area planted to Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. The Circle Bar Ranch encompasses seven different soil types and 12 clonal selections, offering their winemaking team numerous blending options in any given vintage.

Since 1987, they have been working with a wide range of clones, with the goal of achieving greater quality and complexity in the sparkling and still wines. A Pinot Noir clone trial planted in 1988 utilized 13 clones in order to study the viticultural differences between the vines. Of the 13 clones in the trial, a handful emerged as superior to the rest, prompting them to propagate them in the larger blocks that now provide the fruit for their wines. A second clone trial was planted in 1992 and is comprised of 20 clones of Pinot Noir and 13 of Chardonnay.

Home Ranch originally planted in 1984 and under continuous redevelopment, the 207 acre original estate vineyard is planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for both sparkling and still wine. The vineyard elevation ranges from 50 to 325 feet and is comprised of nine distinct blocks. Four different soil types are found on the estate, providing myriad possibilities fro the 15 different clones.

Gloria Ferrer is dedicated to the production of wines that reflect the artistry of the winemaker and the marriage of vine to place in the vineyard. Gloria Ferrer’s still wines complement the sparkling wines that will always remain the first love of the Ferrer family.

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