Origins

Barolo is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated Italian wines for connoisseurs and wine lovers from all over the world. It is one of the excellences that Piedmont can boast internationally.

Barolo wine origins are melted into those of the grape from which it derives, the Nebbiolo precisely. Known and cultivated since the Middle Ages, Barolo was a semi-sweet wine in the 18th Century and the first decades of the 19th, very far from the taste which we are used to nowdays. 

Thanks to the farming genius of Count Camillo Benso of Cavour (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 that, thanks to his commitment and investments, witnessed the increase in its distribution and fame in Italy and the world. With the prestige of his name, Count Emanuele conquered several foreign markets an got the most important scores and awards in the international exhibitions. Due to the link between the characteristics of the wine and the appreciation of the noble class, the Barolo was publicly recognised as "the king of wines, the wine of the kings"