This week’s Wine Wednesday looks towards one of my go-to wine and sparkling wine brands, Freixenet. Although Freixenet is most well-known for its range of sparkling wines, it’s their still wine offering that I’m focusing in on for the latest bottle in Wine Wednesday – specifically their Italian Rosé. Discover what this new range has to offer.
Freixenet: A Brief History
Dating way back to 1861, Freixenet started as a family business (founded by Francesc Sala Ferrés) that made and exported wine to America. In 1911 heiress to the Sala wine business, Dolores Sala Vivé, took her incredible knowledge of winemaking and combined it with the vision and entrepreneurial skills of her husband, Pedro Ferrer to develop their original idea of still wine and start to produce traditional Cava.
With their new concept in mind, it was time to think of the name for the brand. Wanting to create a personal and ‘close to home’ brand they chose to base the name on Pedro’s home, which was a vineyard named La Freixeneda. Pedro was actually nicknamed ‘el freixenet’ which was how the brand name came about.
Freixenet: A Brief History 1930s and ’40s
In the 1930s, Pedro and Dolores opened their first office in New Jersey before sadly Pedro and their eldest son lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War. This left Dolores and their three daughters to run the company. Before her retirement in 1957, Dolores introduced the iconic white frosted bottle of ‘Carta Nevada’ in 1941. Her son, Josep Ferrer, then took over the company’s responsibility.
Freixenet: A Brief History 1970s to Current Day
During his time as the company head, Josep was the key to bringing Freixenet to the world. He worked to improve the quality of their wines and in the 1970s he launched the incredibly sleek Cordon Negro cava. Which came in an iconic black frosted bottle. By the 1980s, thanks to Josep and his sons and nephews, Freixenet was the world leader of sparkling wines that were made using the ‘Traditional Method’.
The company is now run by the fifth generation of the family and sells its sparkling cava’s in over 100 countries! Each cava is made at their winery in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain but they also make wine in 16 other wine regions across the world.
The New Freixenet Still Wine Range
As a Freixenet Italian Sparkling Rosé super fan myself (honestly that’s an understatement, I am obsessed with that stuff) when I found out that they were releasing a whole range of still wines I was absolutely hyped. The range itself has three new wines within it, a chianti, a pinot grigio and a rosé. Looking through the three of them there was definitely one that really caught my eye, and that was the still Italian rosé.
Bottled in their classic cut-glass bottle, the new still range has all the glamour and luxury of their sparkling rosé and prosecco bottles. However, rather than the classic curved champagne bottle shape of their sparkling wines, the new still range takes on a more streamlined shape. Each bottle is 75cl and corked with 100% recyclable corks (bonus points for that!). They’re just so unique on the shelf, aren’t they?
Freixenet Italian Rosé: Wine Wednesday
As for the still Italian rosé itself…what does it taste like? Well, it’s super delicate and fruity, just like its sparkling alternative. Considering it’s a light wine I find it to be full of fruity flavour as well. In terms of the fruit, I was getting mostly strawberries but they also mention other fruits like cherries under their tasting notes on the website.
Food-wise, Freixenet recommends pairing it alongside spicy food or as an aperitif. Personally, rosé is something that I like to drink in the afternoon rather than with or before a meal. But I can completely see why they’d pair it with a spicy meal. The fruitiness of it would be really refreshing against the spice. If you’re a fan of the sparkling Italian rosé then you’ll definitely be a fan of this one. Just pop it in the fridge to chill and crack it open on a *hopefully* sunny afternoon for maximum enjoyment. Cheers!
Have you tried any of Freixenet’s wines before? What are your favourites? Does the new still Italian rosé sound like your type of wine? Let me know in the comments.
Liked this? Then you’ll LOVE this one: Cocktail Hour, Gin Fizz.