1858

The Fontanafredda estate was bought by Vittorio Emanuele II as a gift to his mistress Rosa Vercellana, also known as "La bela Rosin". Later, it was handed down to their children, Maria Vittoria and Emanuele Alberto, Count of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda.

1866

The king bought the first vineyard of Barolo, reason for which the name “Tenimenti di Barolo e Fontanafredda” was used.

1870

Wine-making in the cellars of Fontanafredda begins, although the first mentioning of a Barolo Fontanafredda dates back to 1867.

1878

Count Emanuele Alberto of Mirafiori begins his adventure, with over 300 hectares (741 acres) cultivated directly by salaried, specialized workers (a unique thing at the time).

1894

Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori dies after having made Barolo a legend. He was the one who turned Fontanafredda into an actual village with a church and a school. He was succeeded by his second-born Gastone.

1918

Under the leadership of Director Cav. Mollo, the business reached its maximum commercial and productive expansion, with 200 employees and over 40 families residing within the estate.

1928

Phylloxera, a disease which afflicts the roots and plants, reached the Langhe and destroyed the vineyards.

1929

The Great Economic Depression, which began in the U.S.A., hindered the business.

1931

Because of the many difficulties, the estate and the cellar were sold to Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank for 1,050,500 lire, whereas the brand was sold to the Gancia family for 100,000 lire.

2009

After 70 years, Fontanafredda is once again in the hands of Piedmont natives.

2017

Fontanafredda is nominated “European Winery of the Year” by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast.