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.
As soon as the grapes reach the winery, they are de-stemmed and crushed, and the fermentation is carried out by using selected yeasts at a temperature of 30-32 °C. The must is pumped over the skins regularly to optimize the extraction of colour and tannins. The maceration lasts 10-12 days, and the malolactic fermentation takes place before the end of the winter. The wine begins to mature in the January following the vintage, in 2.000 and 3.000 litre barrels made of oak from Allier. After around a year in wood, the wine spends a short time in stainless steel before completing its ageing process in the bottle.
Ruby-red with garnet highlights; on the nose ripe plums, blueberries and violets merge harmoniously with hints of liquorice, cinnamon and tobacco. Well-structured tannins and intense fruit fill the mouth with a closely-packed, full flavour.