Barbaresco Wine


Barbaresco is one of the noble wines of Piedmont, in northwest Italy. It has a history dating back centuries, though it has drastically changed in style. Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was fashionable for wines to have a touch of frothy sweetness. Although Nebbiolo has always been the base for Barbaresco, grapes such as Moscatello and Passeretto were blended in for this effect. 
Enter Domizio Cavazza, the proclaimed “Father of Barbaresco,” who became the first director of the Enological School of Alba (Italy’s oldest) in 1888. In 1894 he founded the first official Barbaresco cooperative with local landowners, and began producing the wine in the single varietal, dry style that we know and love. 
In 1933, the Barbaresco zone was officially delineated, and it became DOC in 1966, achieving DOCG, the superior status, in 1980. The four villages of Barbaresco are located in the Langhe along the Tanaro river and consist of Barbaresco, Nieve Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Cortese

    Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘G...

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Dante Rivetti

    The roots of four generations of the Rivetti family run deep into the hills which overlook Neive ...

  • Giuseppe Cortese

    Cortese's family produces and vinifies with passion.Since 3 generations, using its own grapes fro...

  • Produttori del Barbaresco

    Founded in 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way small p...

  • Giordano

    The Family Business: Our History The Giordano family has been producing wine in Valle Talloria...

  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio

    The “AZIENDA AGRICOLA ADRIANO MARCO e VITTORIO” farm is a family-run company, situated in the hea...

  • Rizzi

    The company was set up in 1974 by Ernesto Dellapiana on his family’s nineteenth century estate. H...

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  • Gaja Barbaresco Case of 6 Bottles 2011


    Very approachable while young. Darker (blueberry, blackberry) fruits and young. It will be exciting to see the results in 20+yrs, when revisited after proper cellaring. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Started with the two champagnes, and white burgundies. The White Burgundy ... ... flavored red fruits, classic barbaresco, and I suppose I did get some enjoyment out of that. Too bad it wasn't under better circumstances.However, this Sauv Blanc? 79' White showed fresh as a daisy. Made for a real nice and interesting palate cleanser.&nbs Read More

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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Vursu Vigneto Starderi 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2013


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    Wine review by ichudnow

  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D' Alba 2014


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    Wine review by calywa

  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Vigneto Starderi Vursu 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Pretty good price allowing a bigger plunge--get this Gattinara while the ... ... Nebbiolo are from Barolo and Barbaresco within Piedmont, just a short drive north reveals stunning expressions of Nebbiolo for a fraction of the price. There are few better examples of this than today’s 2012 Podere dei Ginepri from the Nervi Winery in the Coste de... Read More

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  • Wine Lovers of NYC is proud to offer an exclusive guided tasting of the three ... Italy: Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco. Guided by Camacho Vidal, a leading Italian wine expert, Camacho will talk in details about each wine and pair it with Italian cheeses and coldcuts. A former banker, Camacho has been in the wine business for more than 10 yea... Read More

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  • Duchessa Lia Barbaresco 2012


    garnet red, bold, with melon and spices, long finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Rocca Felice Nebbiolo d'Alba 2013


    Garnet color with quite a bit of light coming through. Tart nose of, more than anything else, red cherries. Fairly light on the tongue. Light berry flavor. The most telling characteristic is acid. Moderate level of tannin. Lightness and acid tartness makes this an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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