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  • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi

Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi

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Product Description

Fontanafredda Gavi is made from Cortese grapes from Piedmont. Straw-yellow with greenish hues, it is rich with mineral overtones playing against a backdrop of fresh flowers and sappy fruit. To the palate it is full, well-balanced and elegant.

  • Brand: Fontanafredda
  • Description: Dry White
  • Vintages Available: 2017
  • Country, Region: Italy, Piedmont
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Enthusiast: 89/100 (2015 Vintage), Wine Spectator: 87/100 (2015 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% Cortese


The vineyards are located in Rovereto and throughout the surrounding district of Gavi. They are positioned on medium-high hillsides (200-300m asl). The soil is sandy with a high content of arenaceous marl. Planting density is 4,400 plants/ha.


The grapes are harvest around mid-September and undergo soft pressing before being immediately separated from the skins. The fermentation is carried out at low temperature - 18°C - (85% in stainless steel, 15% in barriques), prior to refrigeration and static racking of the must.


In stainless steel tanks for 2-3 months. Then, during spring, cold stabilization takes place followed by bottling.

Tasting Notes

Fontanafredda Gavi is straw-yellow with greenish hues, it has a well-developed mineral perfumes and a bouquet reminiscent of flowers (chamomile in particular), vanilla, lemon, lily of the valley and green apples. To the palate it is full, well-balanced and elegant, with peachy characteristics and underlying hints of almonds on the finish.


12.5% alcohol vol.

Food Suggestions

The best friend of delicate and elegant food, from tasty appetizers to seafood and fish dishes. Its structure and minerality makes it ideal for rice salads, vegetable pies and light pasta dishes. It goes well with fresh cheese with a soft texture.

Serving temperature: 8°C.


This wine gets better with ageing. Perfect when young, flower scenting and fresh, after a few more years it develops wide mineral aromas and its taste intensifies. Good cellaring will therefore bestow ever increasing qualities to Fontanafredda Gavi for up to 4-5 years.

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