Estate: The winemaking history of Fontanafredda was established in 1878 by Emanuele Guerrieri, Count of Mirafiore, son of King Vittorio Emanuele II of Sardinia and Rosa Vercellana [or La Bela Rusin], a “commoner” that the king had fallen in love with. The 54 hectare estate was given to Rosa Vercellana by the king in 1858. Emanuele Guerrieri devoted his life to crafting wine. Located in the heart of the Langhe, today the estate is renowned for its captivating Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
In addition to its Michelin Star restaurant and truffle forest, the organic, 122 hectare estate proudly includes a “bio-nature reserve” that provides a green balance [100 hectares of vineyards that surround the village in a continuous stretch of land, 12 hectares of woods and 10 hectares that the village and cellars occupy]. In addition to organic methods, the estate is dedicated to sustainability; all rainwater is recycled, bottles are at least 85% recycled glass, the label is recycled paper printed with vegetable-based ink, the cork is 100% recyclable and made from sugar biopolymers.
The estate is open to the public every day of the year. “About 20 families of cellarmen, vine dressers and office staff live in our village, all employees of the Estate who are part of the village’s daily life, just like in the 19th century.”
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts, kept on the fine lees until spring when “the cuvée is created, uniting the wines from the different crus selected”, followed by the second fermentation in the bottle, then minimum 30 months ageing in the cellar.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour, with aromas of lemon, chalky minerality, white flowers and a wisp of brioche. Fine, abundant bubbles fuse with lemon tart, pear, clean minerality, a trace of toast and fresh acidity. Orange zest and lemon gleam on the crisp, mineral driven finish. Buoyant and nimble.
Blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Alta Langa DOCG
Produced by Fontanafredda S.R.L.
€14 [purchased in Italy]