Noble heritage, regal wines
A Royal Beginning
Until the mid 19th century, the current day Fontanafredda estate was a hunting ground. In 1858, it was purchased by Italian King Vittorio Emanuele II as a gift for his mistress, “La bela Rosin”. The production of fine red wines from the native Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto grapes soon followed.
“Just like great Burgundies, Barolo should reveal itself little by little, rather than all at once”.
- Danilo Drocco, Head Winemaker
The Finest Terroirs
The Fontanafredda estate boasts the largest contiguous vineyard in the Langhe. Over 100 hectares form a natural amphitheatre, spanning the prized terroirs of Serralunga d’Alba, Barolo, and Diano d’Alba. The well-oriented, hilly terrain is blessed with warm days, and cool nights ensuring long, slow ripening. The resultant wines possess great elegance, with highly nuanced aromatics, powerful structure, and fine tannic grip.
Leaders in Sustainability
In 2016, Fontanafredda begun the process of converting their entire estate to organic farming. As of 2019, they will be the largest certified organic producer in Piedmont. They have reduced their water consumption by over 20% in recent years, reusing waste water to irrigate green spaces around the winery, and installing a phytodepuration plant.
A Modern Traditionalist
Danilo Drocco believes in marrying classic and modern ageing techniques for his Barolo. The wines spend one year in small French oak barrels, before being transferred to large, seasoned casks for a second year. According to Drocco, the barrels intensify the fruit, while the large casks ensure that the tannic structure and oak expression are subdued.