In the heart of wine-growing Piedmont – in the hills of the Langhe –
Fontanafredda was born: chronicles of the time relate that “by order of
17 June 1858″ an area of 138.82 “giornate piemontesi” (approx. 54
hectares) of the property of Roggeri Giacomo, son of Giovanni Battista
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.
When young, 'Ebbio' features a fragrance which is wonderfully
spontaneous and full of surprise: in its bouquet, colour, and
generous, velvety body this langhe Nebbiolo brings out all the
typical qualities of the magnificent vine it is made from.
Later in life its colour becomes garnet-red with strong orange
shades, and its nose deepens, with traces of withered flowers,
such as roses and, above-all, geraniums. Its warm, soft,
well-bodied flavour is velvety and well-balanced, lingering in