Fontanafredda, the historic winery of Serralunga d'Alba in Piemonte, was officially awarded the title of "European Winery of the Year" at the 2017 Wine Star Awards by the magazine Wine Enthusiast. Every year, the international awards ceremony honors the companies and individuals who have had a major impact in the wine world, distinguishing themselves for their innovative vision and the significant achievements they have achieved.
Since its noble beginning, Fontanafredda has been dedicated to creating the finest wines using varietals native to Piemonte, such as Barbaresco and Barolo. The winery was founded in 1858 by Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori on the hunting grounds of his father, King Vittorio Emanuele II. The first king of Italy, Emmanuele was known for his bravery — and for his fondness for wine.
Nearly 160 years later, when Fontanafredda was nominated for the "European Winery of the Year" award in September, the Italian editor of Wine Enthusiast, Kerin O'Keef, noted that the quality of the wines is "higher than ever" with a special emphasis on the "extraordinary beauty of the estate."
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