Prince Moritz of Savoy (1593-1657), son of Duke Karl Emanuel I (1562-1630) and Caterina Michela of Spain (1567-1597), left a complex of villas, vineyards, grottos and water features at the beginning of the 17th century and create gardens on the hills of Turin based on the model of Roman villas. An expansion was carried out in 1657 by his wife, Princess Lodovica Cristina of Savoy. After her death in 1692, the villa passed to Anne Marie d'Orléans (1669-1728), the wife of Viktor Amadeus II (1666-1732), Queen of Sicily and sardines. This gave the complex its current name "Villa della Regina".
Today the Villa della Regina is in the "Città Metropolitana di Torino" in the Piedmont a museum. The villa was often chosen as a film set. The first shoot was a short film from the pioneering days of silent cinema in Turin - the silent film produced by Ambrosio Film in 1909 with the title "Spergiura". The most recent example is from 2014, when the mini series "La bella e la bestia" (Beauty and the Beast) of Italian television was partly shot inside and outside the Villa della Regina. The building complexes belong to UNESCO World Heritage,
From 2003 to 2006, the Balbiano winery reactivated the royal vineyard under official supervision. In cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Turin and the National Research Council in Turin (CNR), the leaseholder Balbiano cultivated around 2,700 hectares on 0.73 hectares Freisa vines planted (with three Clone ). After an expansion in 2015, there are now a total of 0.81 hectares. The first by means of microvinification produced vintage was 2008. From the 2011 vintage, the vineyard was called Freisa di Chieri Vigna Villa della Regina Superiore classified as DOC. The 2015 vintage included 4,184 bottles of 0.75 liters, 60 Magnum, 16th Jeroboam and 2 Balthazar, The red wine is in without wood concrete casks expanded to the already abundant tannins not to reinforce yet. A detailed article about Villa della Regina with many pictures can be found on the website of Katrin Walter .
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