Eva Bertran to leave Gloria Ferrer

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Eva Bertran, the face of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards since its opening in 1986, has left the building, or cave as the case may be.

In fact, today, March 1, she flies to her native Barcelona, Spain for a few weeks to visit with her family, including a sister who just became mayor of a small Catalan city. Bertran said she’s looking forward to taking some time off.

Bertran, who has held titles of executive vice president of Freixenet and vice president of marketing for Gloria Ferrer, came to the United States in 1986, armed with a master’s degree in international management from Spain’s top business school, Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas University.

Bertran has served as president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Association, and on the Board of Carneros Wine Alliance. Having studied with the famous Catalan chef Montserrat Segui, she enjoys preparing traditional Catalan dishes inspired by her grandmother, Teresa, for her husband, David, and their sons, Paul and Jack.

Bertran said that soon after announcing her decision to leave Gloria Ferrer, she received “the most heartfelt handwritten letter from Jose and Gloria Ferrer about all our shared memories and appreciation for my 32 years.”

Bertran oversaw the building of Gloria Ferrer, the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma’s side of the Carneros Region, development of its pioneering pinot noir vineyard full of clones from France’s Champagne region and a world-class sales and marketing team. She and her crew stage fabulous Catalan events with foods from Spain to Sonoma, of course, accompanied by Gloria Ferrer wines.

Bertran looks back fondly on her opportunity to “work with a great family” and “fulfill a dream.”

“Being part of Gloria Ferrer since it was a construction site has been an amazing ride,” said Bertran. “I’ve met so many friends and enjoyed amazing wines and meals along the way.”

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