‘499’ was founded in 2012 by two talented winemaking professionals; Mario Andrion (winemaker at Castello di Verduno) and Gabriele Saffirio (formerly of Brovia). Located on the picturesque cliffs of Camo, at the top of the Langhe, the estate is planted to 14 acres solely dedicated to Moscato and Freisa. The winery takes its name from the elevation of the vineyards, situated at 499m above sea level. The cool climate here allows for the slower ripening of grapes; yielding wines with naturally elevated acidity. ‘499’ employs minimal intervention practices in both the vineyard and the winery, which shows in the glass as they produce wines that are refined and full of character and vibrancy.
Fresia is a grape variety indigenous to the Piedmont region, considered to have originated in the hills between Asti and Turin. It is Nebbiolo’s closest relative, and can boast the same assertive acidity and tannins but also offers accessibility in its youth along with the ability to age beautifully. This high altitude expression of Freisa is grown on steep soles rooted in limestone- rich soils. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and spends time in neutral oak to soften tannins and increase complexity.