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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  • 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...

  • Vermentino

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Orlando Abrigo

    The village of Barolo lies in the centre of the Langhe, the most prestigious wine-growing area in...

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  • Castello di Neive

    Castello di Neive comprises a 150 acres (60 hectares) estate, all in the Neive town council, in t...

  • Bruno Giacosa

    The story starts in a simple way, with the native varietals of the Langa and Roero regions and...

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    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

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

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  • Fondatore Domizio Barbaresco 2010


    Translucent garnet in the glass with plenty of red fruit and a bit of floral notes on the nose. Bright red fruit on the palate with lots of dryness with a short finish. Not very complex but pleasent to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • "one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.."That's only ... alternative to Barolo and Barbaresco.  He said, "Yeah, you only get that in France."  Even after ten minutes talking about Italy, he thought of the Gamay grape, not the DOCG in Piemonte.  Which kind of proved my point. I don't know if it's a fair trade, Ghemme for Bourgueil.  I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bourgueil vs. Chinon: Paging...

  • Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Paje 1979


    At decanting: very fresh, vegetal and tight, soil, dandelion green and raspberry Herbal on the nose with aromas of root vegetables and oyster shells. This is incredibly attenuated with raw horseradish/black radish notes. On the palate this is herbal, even vegetal. Theres still some tannin here and even in spite of that you can tell this was wel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bava Dolcetto d'Alba Controvento 2010


    Kind of rustic Dolcetto d'Alba. Not a lot of depth, some, but not much, dark fruits, plum, earth tones, dusty chalky tannins, some nice acidity but a fairly short finish. Just not a lot to get excited about here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia 1980


    Immediately complex on the nose with complex aromas of iron, mint, nettles coffee bean, roses and spice accenting a core of rusty red fruit. This is a big wine and it needs more time but over the course of an hour it reveals powerful and medicinal black fruit flavors in a style that remains masculine yet elegant and refined. A burst of sliced o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Torre 1980


    This might have been drinkable on its own but in this company all of its defects stood out. While showing some attractive white mushroom, leather and mint aromas this also had levels of chicken coop stink that were difficult to handle. resolved and rather lean in the mouth, this was a touch dried out though it retained a hint of blue framed blac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello 1989


    Fresh on the nose and intense with aromas of herbs, warm stones and woodland spice over a base of strawberry fruit with fine rose petal top notes. Crisp, elegant and polished in the mouth with a gorgeous core of rhubarb and raspberry fruit framed with mineral accents. the acids are sharp here and the fine grained tannins firm yet well covered by... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rivetto Barbera d'Alba Nemes 2010


    Loved this Barbera from rivetto. A wonderful wine that still has good acidity and some herbaceous and savoury notes for complexity. Garnet colour; slightly transparent in the glass. Big nose with lots of fresh cherry fruit. Some delicate and well integrated tannin. We were happy to drink it by itself. Also paired well (but not excellently) with ... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • JD, I figured you would say that and that's where I'm leaning. (Both as ... ... gotten a little thin on Barbaresco and never have more than a bottle or two of Ghemme, usually at an inflated price.  Although Oliver McCrum lives and works nearby and has a relationship with Paul Marcus, they shortchange Italy on shelf space IMO.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Which Barolo?

  • Tenuta Arnulfo Dolcetto d'Alba Costa di Bussia 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

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