The Fontanafredda estate was bought in 1858 by Vittorio Emanuele II as a gift to his mistress Rosa Vercellana, also known as "La bela Rosin". Later, it was handed down to their children, Maria Vittoria and Emanuele Alberto, Count of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda. After several changes of ownership Fontanafredda is once again in the hands of Piedmont natives. In 2017 Fontanafredda was named “European Winery of the Year” by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast.
Relying on the most advanced models for sustainable agriculture (organic, integrated and biodynamic), they have adopted the agricultural disciplinary guidelines of Vino Libero which defines the vineyard-cultivation techniques they use whilst striving to both reduce the environmental impact and safeguard human health.
Ageing of this wine takes place over an average of 3 years in large casks (oak from Slavonia and the centre of France) prior to being bottled and kept for a further period of maturation which is never less than 12 months. This single-vineyard Barolo will reach its peak approximately 8-10 years after the harvest.
Single-vineyard Barolos are produced from the most painstaking selections carried out in vineyards which tradition has preserved over time as emblems of exemplary quality. "La Rosa" represents an interpretation of a Barolo of particular importance: even though it is the soil and the sun - or what is called in short microclimate - which commands man and guides his technical decisions.
Ruby highlights still show on its deep garnet red colour, while its intense, clear-cut nose hints at spicy aromas and ripe fruit. Well balanced tannins for a young Barolo Classic. "La Rosa” expresses the qualities of the Barolos grown in Serralunga d'Alba at their best, with a marked - almost feminine - concession to grace and softness in its flavour and bouquet. Ideal with big red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses, it can also make for pleasant after-dinner company.