It is one of the excellences of which Piedmont can boast on the international markets. The origins of Barolo are intertwined with those of the vine from which it derives: the Nebbiolo
Thanks to the farming genius of Count Camillo Benso of Cavour (who was also Italy’s first Prime Minister), who engaged the consultant Louis Oudart to apply the technique used by the estates in Burgundy to the local wines, and to the intuition of Giulia Colbert Falletti, the last Marquess of Barolo, Barolo wine began to be produced around halfway through the 19th century. This wine, particularly rich and harmonious, became the Savoy Family’s best ambassador, representing Piedmont in all the royal courts of Europe.
Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiore, who inherited Fontanafredda estate from his father, Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of Italy, understood the potential of the area around Fontanafredda for the cultivation of Nebbiolo grapes and started producing Barolo who, thanks to his commitment and investments, witnessed the increase in its distribution and fame in Italy and the world.