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Fontanafredda: European Winery of the Year

We're thrilled to announce one of our oldest producer partners, Fontanafredda, has been crowned European Winery of the Year, in Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards.

The prestigious awards, promoted by the American magazine, honours companies and individuals within the world of wine that have had a major impact in the industry, distinguishing themselves for their innovative vision and the significant achievements they've achieved.

Fontanafredda, the only Italian winery in the running, faced fierce competition, made up of highly-renowned companies such as the German Dr Loosen, the Alsatian Domaine Shlumberger, the Spanish Gonzalez Byass and the Portuguese DFJ Vignos.

Wine Enthusiast's Italian Editor, Kerin O'Keef, emphasised the excellent quality of the wines which today is "higher than ever", and the "extraordinary beauty" of the estate which has recently expanded its hospitality services.

Oscar Farinetti, President of Fontanafredda, expressed his immense satisfaction following the announcement: "For us it is the culmination of 10 years of work during which we have passed to organic farming and spent all of our efforts trying to interpret, with respect, lightness, and depth, the wonderful fruits that the Fontanafredda hills offer us.”

Located in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, Fontanafredda, with its stunning beauty, large park and iconic, striped buildings, is the largest contiguous estate in the denomination. The firm has hundreds of acres across several townships dedicated to the production of local classics like Barolo, Barbera, Moscato and Dolcetto. It also makes metodo classico­ sparklers from its vineyards in Alta Langa.

Besides using estate grapes, the winery also sources grapes from more than 350 trusted growers that have supplied fruit for generations. The firm’s primary focus remains Barolo,­ and the firm makes about 800,000 bottles of Piedmont’s flagship red each year. Its calling card, the elegantly structured, single-­vineyard Barolo Vigna La Rosa, is one of the most sought bottlings in the denomination.