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  • Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo

Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo

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Product Description

Fontanafredda Barbera is made from Barbera grapes from Piedmont. Ruby-red with purple highlights in colour with blackberries and plums on the nose and a closely-woven texture where light spicy overtones if black pepper and cinnamon are highlighted.

  • Brand: Fontanafredda
  • Description: Dry Red
  • Vintages Available: 2015/2017
  • Country, Region: Italy, Piedmont
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Enthusiast: 88/100, Wine Spectator: 88/100 (2016 Vintage)

About the Producer

Fontanafredda was born in the heart of wine-growing Piedmont, on the hills of the Langhe: chronicles of the time relate that “by order of 17 June 1858″ an area of approximately 54 hectares – part of the property of Roggeri Giacomo, in Serralunga d’Alba - was registered under the private estate of Vittorio Emanuele II King of Sardinia.

The king, who had fallen hopelessly in love with Rosa Vercellana, also known as “La Bela Rusin”, a commoner and daughter of a drum major at his majesty’s service, gave the entire parcel of land to her, making her Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanfredda a year later.

The history of Fontanafredda had begun, but it did not start operating as a business venture until twenty years later, in 1878, thanks to the farsightedness of Emanuele Guerrieri, Count of Mirafiore, son of the king and Bela Rusin, a noble entrepreneur who devoted his life to wine with a very modern approach. The estate’s noble past is still evident at Fontanafredda today in the hunting lodge, hamlet, extensive cellars and vineyards.

In 2008 Fontanafredda was purchased by two businessmen, Oscar Farinetti and Luca Baffigo, respectively Chairman and Director of Eataly, a Piedmontese group operating in the sector of high quality Italian food. Today Fontanafredda - while continuing to stand out as a point of reference for Piedmontese tradition and high quality wines - has also become responsible for the sales and distribution on international markets of wines and food from twenty companies, all sharing in the same production ethics and driven by the same loyalty to their territory and traditions.


100% Barbera


The vineyards are located on partly estate owned vineyards located on medium-high hillsides (250-300m asl) in the Monferrato and the Langhe. The vineyards lie on calcareous sand-rich marly soil, facing mainly west, south-west. The average yield is 60 hl per hectare.


The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for around 6-7 days at a temperature of 23-25° C. During this time, the must is pumped over the cap in order to optimize the extraction of the tannins and colour.


As soon as the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the wine is racket into concrete tanks for the malolactic fermentation, which is completed by December.

The wine is aged partly in new barrels of Allier oak, and partly in large Slavonian oak casks. It stays in wood for around five months and is bottled in late spring following a light clarification with egg whites.

Tasting Notes

The colour is ruby-red with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, and light spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp freshness provides a long, tasty finish.


13.5% alcohol vol.

Food Suggestions

Fontanafredda Barbera is a perfect match for starters, cured meats and fresh and medium mature cheeses.

Serving temperature: 15°C.


Fontanafredda Barbera is at its best for 3-4 years following the harvest.

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