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The historic estate of Fontanafredda conceals one or two little secrets – not least the hunting lodge to which its origins can be traced back to 1878. The property of the first King of Italy, it was not only a base for his hunting of the local game, but also for more, shall we say, earthy pursuits. The king’s mistress, stationed at Fontanafredda, gave birth to a son and, while not officially recognised as royal progeny, he was granted the lodge when the King died. The development of Fontanafredda as we know it today ensued – until a bank took it over in lieu of unpaid gambling debts.

Today, thanks to a law prohibiting Italian banks from owning agricultural assets, the estate has passed into the sympathetic hands of Oscar Farinetti, founder of the Eataly chain of Slow Food restaurants and a native of nearby Alba. Fontanafredda’s revival under Farinetti looks assured and this sleeping beauty of the Langhe – its vineyards are surely among the finest in the area – is now on a clear upward trajectory. It’s a winery that combines this great history – Fontanafredda used to have its own bakery and school, and still preserves a great sense of community – with thoroughly modern production facilities for everything from Asti to Barolo.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Asti DOCG NV FF 6/75

    Asti DOCG NV FF 6/75


    An aromatic, sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage and honey on the nose and a taste of just picked grapes.

  2. 2013 Briccotondo Dolcetto, Fontanafredda

    A clear, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Its vinous bouquet is fruity, very intense and rather attractive and persistent. Nicely dry, well-balanced and velvety, it
    has a light almondy aftertaste.

  3. 2010 Barbaresco DOCG, Coste Rubin, Fontanafredda

    Barbaresco is a wine which demands attention and respect: for its prestigious history, which is the result of hard work, but above all on account of the splendid sensations it offers in the glass. It has a brilliant garnet-red colour, while the bouquet is complex, with ethereal, spicy overtones on well-balanced wood, intense vanilla, cooked fruit and cinnamon. Its deep, velvety and well-balanced flavour lingers on the palate, confirming the long ageing process which combines lavish nature with great technical skill.

  4. Barolo Vigna La Rosa 10 6/75

    Barolo Vigna La Rosa 10 6/75


    The Vigna La Rosa Barolo is harmonious, well-rounded and elegant in taste; its very fine and delicate bouquet is reminiscent of faded roses and, with the ageing process, tends to acquire a pronounced earthy style but with a velvety sort of taste.

  5. 2012 Marne Brune, Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC, Fontanafredda

    Nebbiolo Marne Brune stands out for its fragrance, which is already evident in its ruby-red colour of varying intensity depending on the vintage, and is confirmed on the nose by bouquets of flowers and wild fruit, and on the palate by its strong personality and dry, nicely almond-like taste.

  6. 2014 Gavi di Gavi DOCG, Fontanafredda

    One of Italy's most fashionable whites, it is noted for acute dryness and fresh, flinty acidity. This is a bright straw-yellow wine with greenish highlights. It has a full, delicate, elegant bouquet which brings flowers and fresh fruit to mind - mostly lemons, lilies of the valley and green apples. Its palate is attractively young, dry, fresh and well-balanced.

  7. 2014 Gavi Briccotondo, Fontanafredda

    Lemons and minerals on the nose followed by a fresh palate with medium body and no oak.

  8. 2011 Barolo DOCG, Fontanafredda

    Classic dark 'tar' and perfumed 'roses' on the nose, light in colour but with great power, concentration and well balanced ripe tannins. This is a wine to match with rich foods and game dishes.

  9. 2014 Briccotondo Arneis, Langhe DOC, Fontanafredda

    Bright straw yellow with greenish highlights. The bouquet conjures up exotic fruit, ripe pears, hawthorn blossom and acacia honey. Soft and full on the palate with a refreshing crispness and luscious finish.

  10. 2014 Barbera d'Alba DOC Raimonda, Fontanafredda

    Deep garnet in colour with a subtle nose of red berry fruit. Soft and elegant on the palate with fine ripe tannin and a complex finish.

  11. 2011 Barolo di Serralunga d'Alba DOCG, Fontanafredda

    Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

  12. 2014 Moscato d'Asti, Moncucco DOCG, Fontanafredda
  13. 2014 Briccotondo Barbera Piemonte DOC Fontanafredda

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