Fontanafredda: a winery and a walk in the hills of Piedmont


Located just outside the town of Alba and about an hour from the city of Turin, the vineyard of Fontanafredda has recently taken on new life after being purchased (from the bank) by gourmet food giant Eataly. On a recent March morning, I did the Bosco dei Pensieri (Wood of Thoughts) trail, a one hour walk that goes through Fontanafredda’s forests and vines, and offers some great views.  


Fontanafredda vines3

The walk is very well signposted and starts next to the pond, pictured below. The orange and yellow striped building is characteristic of Fontanafredda (and that one, by the way, has clean and new flush toilets). The glass building next to it is the Eataly restaurant.

Fontanafredda pond small


It was easy to follow the Bosco dei pensieri signs, and there were more detailed signs describing flora and fauna along the trail.


Bosco dei pensieri fontanafredda small


We soon reached a lovely picnic spot with views over the vineyards and over the yellow and orange striped buildings of Fontanafredda borgo. It would be easy to walk up there with a bottle of wine and a few glasses [mental note for next time].


Picnic spot on fontanafredda trail small


At the highest point of the hike, we had some gorgeous views over the Langhe countryside. The town pictured is Castiglione Falletto. I love the red house!

Castiglione falletto with vines and red house small


Most of the trail was wide, well-marked, and easy to follow, though my guide was full of interesting information about the area, the history, the views and towns, as well as the flora and fauna. 

Mad hiking in fontanafredda small


If I hadn’t already made lunch plans and wine tasting plans for later in the day, I would have happily eaten in the Fontanafredda cafe (much more casual than the Eataly restaurant, and the menu looked great) and stayed to taste some of the Fontanafredda wine. 

Fontanafredda cafe small


This 100+ year old price list was displayed on the wall: twelve bottles of 1887 Barolo for just 33 Lire!

Poster of old Barolos small

To check opening hours, make a wine tasting appointment or a restaurant reservation, check Fontanafredda’s website.

All photos by Madeline Jhawar and may not be used without permission.

Client Testimonials

"We had a wonderful trip! We did so many amazing things and experienced many wonderful places yet never felt like..."

"We thank you so much for all you gave us, guided us to, arranged for, and detailed for us. Not..."

"We are in love with Venice and the Dolomites. The ski adventure was amazing and beyond anything we could have..."

"Absolutely everything that you planned went off without a hitch. Every tour, every restaurant, every train and activity came through..."

"Thank you again from all three of us for your help in planning such a delightful trip. I know that..."

"Madeline carefully planned a fabulous, personalized 19 day itinerary (Lake Garda, Dolomites, N/S Tuscany, Rome) that enabled us to be..."

Read More Client Testimonials

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Join our mailing list to get the free Driving In Italy eBook

Your name(Required)

Going Somewhere Other Than Italy?

The Travel Expert Network

Check out the Travel Expert Network where you’ll find Certified Travel Experts™ like us ready to plan custom bucket trips for you all over the world!

Visit the Travel Expert Network →

Office Locations

San Francisco
+1 773 621-3024
Contact San Francisco

+39 320 028 6827
Contact Milan

+39 331 222 2349
Contact Rome

Free Driving In Italy eBook
Start Dreaming About Your Next Italy Trip

Start Dreaming About Your Next Italy Trip

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Your name(Required)