Fontanafredda is open to visitors every day of the year, offering an extensive range of attractions. The enchanting setting is a blend of past and present, man and nature, land and vine. Deep-rooted ties that result in wines which have a new story to tell at each vintage, testifying to a world made up of technique and passion, tradition and innovation, in which the rhythms of work are measured out by the changing of the seasons.
This is the world of Fontanafredda: the cellars, the hamlet, and the still very vivid memories of the first King of Italy and of Countess Rosa.
Ristorante Guido at the Royal Villa
Fontanafredda Hospitality has recently entered into a partnership with the Alciati family, owners - for generations - of the highly-prestigious, historical Ristorante Guido, holder of a Michelin star, which has moved to the splendid setting of the Royal Villa.
All the rooms have been fully restored for the occasion, bringing their beautiful terracotta floors and magnificently coloured frescoes back to the light. In these very elegant and exclusive surroundings, chef Ugo Alciati and his brother Piero, oenologist and maître, offer their guests a unique experience, with the discovery of the finest traditional Piedmontese dishes
The Wood of Thoughts
The Wood of Thoughts is a trail of meditation and contemplation amidst centuries-old trees, vineyards and hazelnut groves in the last wood remaining in the Lower Langhe. Set out in twelve stages, benches are strategically placed for visitors to pause and take time out to reflect.
Each station is accompanied by two panels: the first presents a series of quotations on a particular theme (e.g. “silence”), while the second refers to features of the surrounding landscape.
The Lake Garden
The Lake Garden is an art nouveau style pavilion built in iron and glass, set right in the middle of the park, opposite the swan lake. The size of the dining room (which can seat up to 250 people) is enlightened by the streamlined design of the metal framework, the transparency of the glass, and the brightness of the light that filters through the sheer structure.
The Lake Garden can be hired for private events and is the perfect place for ceremonies, gala dinners and team-building activities.
Our Guest House “Foresteria delle Vigne”
The rooms are an expression of tasteful elegance: furnishings, color schemes and fabrics that show the utmost attention to detail while preserving the simplicity which distinguishes a property that blends perfectly into its setting. In a very relaxing atmosphere, the rooms offer every comfort: minibar, TV, phone, hairdryer, toiletry set. The buffet breakfast is served on the first floor.
Ristoro della Fondazione and the Wine Shop
The “Ristoro della Fondazione” is a bright and elegant wine bar which is open every day for lunch, offering the chance to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine with one or more dishes prepared on the spot, chosen from the day’s specials, as well as cafeteria service.
The Wine Shop, on the other hand, gives visitors the opportunity to taste and buy the extensive range of Fontanafredda and Mirafiore still and sparkling wines, as well as the specialty products distributed by “Il vino e…”
That’s not all however: alongside the wine and food, books - food for the soul – are available for purchase or even just to browse through.