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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Rizzi

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Produttori del Barbaresco

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

  • Dante Rivetti

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

  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio

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

  • Cà Nova

    The Cà Nova Estate winery was born in 1996.. About ten hectars of vineyards, a modern cellar and ...

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  • Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2006


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    Wine review by rzakharov

  • Oddero Barbera di Alba 2006


    Sweet and sour fruits on the nose are uncomplicated yet pure and bright. The classic Barbera acidity keeps this bright and zesty on the palate as well with a clear, slightly bitter black cherry tone and nice accents of tar, earth and violet than add nice length on the finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Vigna Vecchia 2001


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    Wine review by JustinBB

  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Vendemmia 2005


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    Wine review by JustinBB

  • Rocche Costamagna Barbera d'Alba Annunziata 2006


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    Wine review by JustinBB

  • Burlotto Barbera d'Alba 2007


    Huge, soaring aromatics are captured here with note of cold earth, pollen, wild animale notes and slightly spicy notes of black-fruited hard candy. In the mouth this is perfectly proportioned with deep, lively fruit a hint of round tannin and snappy acids. The finish is dominated by the acids but with excellent length and reverb. Super Barbera. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Well it is done. Snooths Blind Tasting Challenge has come and gone. I just ... ... ... Barale Rabaja Riserva Barbaresco This was a striking contrast to the wines that came before with its dark, bricky color, tarry and licorice scented nose and still somewhat gritty tannins. Many guesses were floating around in Italy with one guess that it ... Read More

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  • Vietti Barbera Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2000


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    Wine review by crabbydad

  • Ascheri Nebbiolo d'Alba Bricco S. Giacomo 2006


    fresh dark berries and cherries on the nose, light bodied, balanced tannins. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Azienda Bricco Asili 2004


    Herbal and slightly medicinal with sweet wood spice notes accenting the slightly jammy cherry fruits of the nose. Very elegant in the mouth with nicely balanced structure and fine, ripe burnished cherry notes that gain notes of wood spice and earth through the mid-palate. There is good length here and the tannins are very well managed. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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