Fontanafredda, an enduring symbol of love and winemaking excellence, is nestled in the picturesque commune of Fontanafredda in Piedmont, northwest Italy. This historic estate traces its roots back to 1858 when King Vittorio Emanuele II of Sardinia, later the first King of Italy, purchased the land as a gift for his beloved Rosa Vercellana, making her the Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda.
The estate spans 85 hectares (210 acres) of vineyards situated in prime locations such as Serralunga d’Alba, Diano d’Alba, Barolo, and Murisengo. These vineyards boast diverse soils and primarily feature noble grape varieties like Nebbiolo, alongside Barbera, Dolcetto, and Moscato.
Fontanafredda’s commitment to sustainable farming practices is reflected in their vineyards. They utilize responsible farming techniques that prioritize environmental stewardship and the production of high-quality grapes.
The estate’s wine portfolio is vast, encompassing a wide array of wines, with single-vineyard Barolo DOCG Riserva wines standing as their flagship offerings. These exceptional wines are aged for approximately three years in barriques, followed by an additional 12 months in the bottle before being released to enthusiasts.
Beyond Barolo, Fontanafredda produces an assortment of wines under renowned Piedmont appellations, including Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, and Moscato d’Asti. Their commitment to quality extends to specialty Grappa, rounding out a diverse and impressive lineup.
Fontanafredda’s legacy, rooted in both history and viticulture, continues to flourish, offering wine aficionados a taste of the passion and craftsmanship that have defined this esteemed estate for generations.